Rob Gronkowski confirms he will be returning to Patriots in 2018

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Gronkowski announced via his Instagram account Tuesday that he'll play in 2018, Zack Cox of NESN.com reports.

He had returned from a loss in Super Bowl LII only to find his home had been robbed. This story will be updated with the latest.

Most recently, Gronkowski chose to promote a dirt-bike rally instead of attending New England's voluntary workouts, further amping up speculation that he would rather do other things than play for Belichick.

So Tom is playing in 2018.

It also came in part from Schefter, who reported last week that Brady hadn't yet formally committed to playing a 19th National Football League season, though to be honest we're not sure what that would entail - a hand-written note hand-delivered to Bill Belichick's desk? "We fought all year long, all the receivers, running backs, linemen, we put all the work in together, so I'm just going to reflect on the season, proud of the boys, and just see what happens".

"I met with coach today and informed him I will be back for the 2018 season with the Pats", the tight end wrote. "Looking forward to another championship run", Gronkowski said.

A source told Schefter that Gronkowski will not be traded this season. He's set to count as a $10.9 million cap hit this season and then as a $12 million cap hit in 2019.

The career Patriot sparked the possibility after catching two touchdowns in the Super Bowl defeat.

NOTE: The NFL Draft is coming up on Thursday.

-Mike D'Abate is a Managing Editor and National Columnist for Full Press Coverage Sports Media. It is why, in recent weeks, it has become a question within the Patriots organization whether Brady would walk away from the game.

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