Julian Edelman may have announced his retirement last month, but not a lot of people are buying that he’s really done. Especially not his former Patriots teammate Rob Gronkowski.

In a recent interview with ESPN Radio, the Buccaneers tight end said Edelman probably just needs a year or two away from the NFL to recover from some injuries. He expressed “100 percent” confidence that Edelman will return to the NFL eventually though.

“Jules was an unbelievable player and he literally gives it his all for his teammates,” Gronkowski said, via ProFootballTalk. “I just wish the best for Julian to heal up. Obviously in his little press conference thing, he said he was going to go until the tires fall off and he sure has. So I’m hoping he heals up. I want the best for him. I’ve been in that situation before. I believe, if Julian truly heals up whatever’s hurting on him, and he fully heals and feels good, I think he’ll be back. I don’t know see why he wouldn’t be back, eventually in the future. Maybe a year or two away. Let me tell you: He’s just a competitor. So I say if he heals up 100 percent and feels good, I think he’ll be back in the NFL.”