Former NFL player Rob Gronkowski is not closing the door on a potential NFL return. Appearing recently at a media event, the 30-year-old tight end revealed that he is pain-free and that playing pro football once again will depend on the desire and passion burning inside of him. However, he also added that an NFL return will not be immediate.

Gronkowski revealed that he is ready to strap on the pads again at the CBD Medic event which he credits for ridding his body of pain. He said that his CBD helped him get right and hopes that other NFL players like Tom Brady get the same approved pain management treatment in the future, TMZ Sports reported.

After revealing he was pain-free, questions on a possible NFL return started to come in. It comes not long after another former New England Patriot tight end, Jermaine Wiggins, said in a previous report that Gronk would be likely returning.

"He's still got plenty of gas left in the tank," said Jermaine. "He'll be back. I'm telling you. Watch."

And while Gronkowski somehow agrees. But an NFL return will depend on several things.

"If I have the desire to play football again, if I feel passionate about football again, if I'm feeling like I need to be out there on the field, I will go back to football," Gronk said.

The good news is that the NFL door is no closed for Gronk who last played for the Patriots in 2018. However, it may take some time - meaning an NFL return for Gronkowski is not in the foreseeable future.

"It could be the case in 6 months. It could be the case in 2 years, could be the case in 3 years, could be the case in 3 months. But, I truly don't see it in the foreseeable future, in like a week or a month."

For now, the three-time Super Bowl champion seems to be in a good place and enjoying his retirement. He is only 30-years-old and has the benefit of time to make an NFL return. The only question now is when will he get the urge to compete again and if pal Tom Brady is still around when he finally decides to return.

Rob Gronkowski Rob Gronkowski could announce his retirement before the start of next season. In this picture, Gronkowski Family Foundation makes a donation to Boston Children's Hospital at Boston Children's Hospital in Boston, Feb. 13, 2019. Photo: Scott Eisen/Getty Images for Boston Children's Hospital