OK, maybe this is actually a thing. Immediately after the Super Bowl LII loss, Rob Gronkowski said he needed to do some thinking about his future and wouldn’t commit to playing in 2018. Sure, right after a tough loss and season emotions are running high and it isn’t the best time to be speaking about the future. But, it’s certainly plausible as to why retirement would be a possibility, though. Just look at the beating his body has taken — three back surgeries since 2009, a torn ACL and MCL in 2013, a forearm fracture that required four separate surgeries in 2012, and two concussions, the most recent this past postseason. Another theory is it was a ploy to get a new contract — give himself some leverage against the Patriots as a way to get a new deal. After all, he’s going to be the fourth-highest paid tight end in the league next year, when in reality he’s the best. This could be a reasonable explanation for his words after the game, too. But, three weeks later and still nothing from the Gronkowski camp regarding 2018, it’s getting real. Playing football for the Patriots next season is not a guarantee. Not only has there been nothing from the Gronkowski camp about his football future, the only thing coming from him has been cryptic tweets that don’t exactly scream he’s playing football in 2018. They actually leave more questions than answers.