Player #4 for Buccaneers to extend: Rob Gronkowski
The Buccaneers need to re-sign Gronk soon, but not for the same reason as someone like Carlton Davis. It is improbable that Gronk will ever play for another team, but Tampa Bay does want to know what the future contract will look like.
Even after a year of retirement, Gronkowski is still one of the NFL’s highest-paid tight ends. The Buccaneers could make this work for a season, but they will want to try to achieve a more team-friendly solution after this season.
The Bucs need to free up as much cap space as possible before next season begins, and Gronkowski’s contract is the number one place to make some money. If Tampa Bay can just cut the deal in half from its 2020 levels, the Bucs could have enough money to sign one more free agent at a reasonable price.
Gronk may not be a dire need for the Buccaneers, but it is unquestionable that he and Brady have a stable relationship. If the Bucs can swing it so that Gronk returns on a cheaper contract, they will be in the perfect position to maintain their success next year.