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Rob Gronkowski cannot commit to playing football at this moment but has not ruled out a return to the Bucs.
Gronkowski's status is still up in the air but if he returns he has already made it clear it will be with Brady and the Bucs. Gronk finished with 89 receptions for 802 yards and six touchdowns in 2021, which was good for TE5 overall in half-PPR leagues. If he plays in 2022, he would likely be a top-six player at his position.
TE Rob Gronkowski is still undecided on returning next season, according to agent Drew Rosenhaus, the Tampa Bay Times' Rick Stroud reports. “I talked to Tampa yesterday and I told them that he’s still undecided, he needs some time to figure out whether he wants to play,” Rosenhaus says.
Rosenhaus adds the Bucs "have offered the opportunity for Rob [Gronkowski] to come back" and that Tom Brady's return has a chance to sway the TE's decision. This development comes on the heels of Gronkowski reportedly drawing interest from the Bills earlier this month, although that was before Brady's return. In 12 games last season, the TE totaled 55 receptions on 89 targets for 802 yards and six scores. We'll have more on this as news develops.
According to Bills reporter Jon Ledyard, Rob Gronkowski is drawing interest from the Buffalo Bills.
News dropped Wednesday that the Bills will look to add some tight end help in a room with 2021 breakout Dawson Knox. It's unclear if Gronkowski has reported interest in playing for the Bills or even playing in 2022. With Tom Brady, Gronk's safety blanket hanging it up in the recent weeks, many reporters have speculated that the former All-Pro might hang it up as he did back in 2019.
Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski hasn't made a decision about his future in the NFL even though longtime teammate and friend Tom Brady retired this past week.
Although there was a sense that Gronkowski would retire alongside Brady, the future Hall of Fame tight end is still undecided. This past Tuesday, general manager Jason Licht said, "When you played in the league for 11 years, you need a little time to think things through to see if you want to go through with it for another year. From my conversations with Rob, he just needs that. I don’t think it’s going to be dependent on whether Tom came back or not from what I understand, and I know that Rob had an incredible experience here as well." If Gronkowski does call it quits, he'd be destined for the Hall of Fame in 2027. Otherwise, the Bucs would welcome him back as one of their top receiving options as they look to survive the post-Brady era next year. If he does return, fantasy managers should view him as a mid-range TE1 option.
Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski told reporters that if he were forced to decide now, he would retire.
However, Gronk added that he needs the next three to five weeks to decompress and determine his future. Since he's not going to be forced to decide now, this doesn't carry much impact. Gronk will be one of several veterans to monitor early in the 2022 offseason. He's already said his future is not tied to teammate Tom Brady, but you would think he'd be more likely to return in 2022 if his signal caller was also going to come back.
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