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The WWE is attempting to sign Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski to a contract, Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter reports.

Meltzer claims WWE “is willing to offer a similar style deal to Gronkowski that they offered to Ronda Rousey.”

Rousey made her debut at the Royal Rumble in January and announced that she signed a full-time contract with the wrestling promotion. Her contract does appear to be flexible, as she has not appeared on WWE television since the Rumble. She is, however, scheduled to appear during the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view event on Feb. 25.

The news comes with Gronkowski’s NFL future up in the air. He would not commit to returning to the league in 2018 after New England’s Super Bowl loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

This is not the first time the former Super Bowl champion’s name has appeared in rumors related to the franchise. Mojo Rawley, a current WWE superstar, recently told TMZ, “It’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when,” the Patriots superstar would consider a career in professional wrestling.

It appears Gronk may have more than one important decision to make this summer.

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Coming off the first Super Bowl win in franchise history, the Philadelphia Eagles are not short on confidence.

First-team All-Pro offensive tackle Lane Johnson, who’s under contract with the Eagles for the next four seasons, did his part to fuel what could become the league’s newest rivalry against the back-to-back AFC Champion New England Patriots.

“The Patriot Way is a fear-based organization,” Johnson said on the “Pardon My Take” podcast. “Obviously, do they win? Hell yes, they win. They’ve won for a long time. Do I think people enjoy and can say, ‘I had a lot of fun playing there?’ No, I don’t.”

Johnson played the 2017 season with running back LeGarrette Blount and defensive end Chris Long, two castoffs from the Super Bowl LI-winning Patriots team.

The outspoken offensive lineman doesn’t see himself choosing to blend into what the Patriots demand of their players.

“They’re successful, but when they go to interviews, they act like f—ing robots,” he said. “Hey, stop being a d—head. We can be cordial for a little bit. You only get to do this job one time, so let’s have fun while we’re doing it. Not to be reckless, but I’d much rather have fun and win a Super Bowl than be miserable and win five Super Bowls.”

It’s not the first shot Johnson has taken at the Patriots and five-time Super Bowl-champ Tom Brady, calling the quarterback a “pretty boy” he’d like to dethrone prior to Super Bowl LII.

WWE’s Mojo Rawley thinks its inevitable that Rob Gronkowski will make the move to professional wrestling once his football-playing days are over.

Rawley, who’s good friends with the New England Patriots tight end, hinted at the possible career change while chatting with TMZ Sports before Super Bowl LII.

“It’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when,” Rawley said, before adding, “I don’t know, I can’t speak for him.”

Gronkowski is under contract with the Patriots through 2019, but was noncommittal when asked about returning next season. There have also been rumors that he’s considering retirement to pursue a career in acting.

Coming off a Super Bowl LII loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in which he caught 9 of 15 targets for 116 yards and two touchdowns, Rob Gronkowski may be weighing a career change.

The oft-injured Patriots tight end is reportedly considering retirement from football in order to pursue an acting career, a source told Bill Burt of the Eagle Tribune. He suffered a concussion in the AFC Championship Game, though returned in time for the Super Bowl, and apparently told friends that his injuries have taken a toll.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Sylvester Stallone have told Gronkowski he could make millions as an action star, reports Burt, which is apparently another draw because of his contract.

The four-time first-team All-Pro is due a base salary of $8 million in 2018 and $9 million in 2019 – the final years remaining on his six-year, $54-million extension.

He’ll be 30 when that contract is set to expire.

The Lombardi Trophy is finally flying its way to Philadelphia.

The Eagles held off a dramatic second-half comeback from the New England Patriots to win 41-33, earning their first Super Bowl title in franchise history and handing Tom Brady and Bill Belichick their third defeat on the biggest stage.

In a game stocked full of dramatic – and controversial – moments, Nick Foles and Brady went blow for blow as the two teams produced the most yards in a single game in NFL history. Foles threw for 372 yards, three touchdowns, and added a receiving touchdown while Brady broke his own Super Bowl record with 505 yards.

But it was the defense that ultimately won the game for Philadelphia. Defensive end Brandon Graham strip-sacked Brady on the Patriots’ penultimate drive after a Zach Ertz touchdown put the Eagles ahead late in the fourth quarter, all but sealing the game for the NFC East outfit.

Brady got the ball back with just under a minute to play, but, this time, wasn’t able to engineer a spectacular game-winning drive.

Foles completed his Cinderella story by being named the MVP of the game.

Now 40 years old, it seems Tom Brady can’t go anywhere without someone asking him about his eventual retirement.

That includes Super Bowl week in Minnesota, where the New England Patriots pivot was asked the question yet again despite leading the NFL in passing yards this season.

“Why does everyone want me to retire so bad? I don’t get it, I’m having fun,” Brady joked during his press availability on Wednesday. “I know I’m a little bit older than most of the other guys, but I’m really enjoying it.”

The entire AFC would probably be very happy if Brady opted to retire, as the path to the Super Bowl for that conference has involved the Patriots and the legendary quarterback for a record seven straight seasons.

Unfortunately for those teams, Brady has continuously said he hopes to play into his mid-40s, which means he could stand in their way for another few seasons.

Super Bowl media day got off to a rough start Monday morning.

Though not an official part of Super Bowl Opening Night, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady cut his weekly spot on WEEI radio’s “Kirk and Callahan Show” short due to a comment station host Alex Reimer made Thursday about Brady’s daughter.

While discussing Brady’s daughter’s scene in the “Tom vs. Time” documentary, Reimer referred to her as “an annoying little pissant,” WEEI’s Rob Bradford confirmed.

Brady made only a brief comment on Monday’s show.

“I’ve tried to come on this show for many years and showed you guys a lot of respect. I’ve always tried and come on and do a good job for you guys. It’s very disappointing when you hear that, certainly. My daughter, or any child, certainly doesn’t deserve that,” Brady said.

“I really don’t have much to say about it this morning.”

The station suspended Reimer as of Friday.