When Tom Brady unretired and rejoined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, many believed that Rob Gronkowski would join him in their quest to win another championship and as it turned out, the future Hall of Fame tight end reached out to the team about the possibility in November, according to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times:
“The Bucs had several conversations with Gronkowski around Thanksgiving about him possibly reuniting with quarterback Tom Brady to help the struggling squad secure a playoff berth.
Gronkowski told the Bucs he had been working out. He and the club discussed several options, including signing the 33-year-old to the practice squad to give him a couple weeks to get back into football shape, although they were willing to add him to the active roster.
In the end, Gronkowski decided to remain retired for now.”
Ground was an integral part of the Bucs’ success over the previous two seasons, including their Super Bowl run back in 2020. He recently posted a cryptic tweet about being “bored”, which led to speculation about a possible return to football, but it ended up being an advertisement for upcoming endorsement deal:
While Gronk has flirted with a potential return, it seems like he’s pretty much settled into retirement. For the Bucs, they will continue to count on veteran Cameron Brate, and rookies Cade Otton and Ko Kieft, splitting the reps at tight end in Gronk’s absence.