Rob Gronkowski a Huge Favorite to Return to Patriots in 2017

Despite rumors that Rob Gronkowski could be headed out of New England, multiple sports books say the odds of him jet-setting to another team are slim.

 

Although Rob Gronkowski has three years left on his contract, many have suggested the 27-year-old's days in New England are numbered.

Gronk underwent his third back surgery last week and was sent to IR. Even if the Patriots make the Super Bowl, the Arizona product will be merely a bystander.

Gronk has more than $20 million left on his deal.

New England has a second strong tight end in Martellus Bennett, and the Pats have shown they're not afraid to cut ties with veterans. Case in point: Super Bowl MVP Deion Branch (traded to Seattle) and seven-time Pro Bowler Logan Mankins (traded to Tampa).

And this year, the Patriots traded impending free agent and Pro Bowl linebacker Jamie Collins to the Browns.

Despite rumors Gronk could be headed out of Boston, multiple sports books say the odds of him jet-setting to another team are slim.

At BookMaker.eu, Gronk is -700 to be on the Patriots' Week 1 roster next season (bet $700 to win $100). The odds of him not being with the Pats are +450 (bet $100 to win $450).

At BetOnline, the all-world tight end is a whopping -2,000 to return (bet $2,000 to win $100). The odds of Gronk playing for any other team come Week 1 next season are +1000 (bet $100 to win $1,000).

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport said the Pats "have never had trade talks for Gronkowski and they feel very strongly he'll be on their team in 2017 and future years."

Gronkowski played in just eight games this season due to injuries and set a career low with three receiving TDs. He's beastly when healthy, though; in 88 career games played, he's found the end zone 68 times.

BookMaker: Will Rob Gronkowski be on New England Patriots' roster Week 1 of the 2017-18 regular season?

Yes -700
No +450

BetOnline: For the first regular season game of 2017, Rob Gronkowski will be a member of the:

New England Patriots -2000
Field +1000