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In an interview with Mike Reiss, Rob Gronkowski completely ruled out the possibility of a return to football. He even went as far as saying he wouldn't return if Tom Brady asked him to.
Gronkowski announced his retirement from the National Football League in late June, but there was speculation that he may come back later in the season. Now that he has shut down those rumors, Buccaneers tight ends Cameron Brate and Cade Otton will truly be in a battle for the starting role.
Former Patriots and Buccaneers star tight end Rob Gronkowski has announced that he will be retiring.
Gronkowski has been one of the best tight ends in all of both the NFL and fantasy football over his long career, and he's finally making the decision to hang it up at 33 years old. He was still effective over the last few years of his career in Tampa Bay, and his departure will make room for other receiving threats like Cameron Brate or Russell Gage to step up and take some of the targets.
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.