Few things in Tampa Bay Buccaneers history were as surprising as the acquisition of Tom Brady nearly two years ago. As a result, many people often overlook how out of left field signing tight end Rob Gronkowski was. At the time, the guy hadn’t even played a game in over a season and the last time he touched the field, he looked like a shadow of his former self due to injuries.
Maybe it was the year off, the Tampa sunshine, or the far more laid-back nature of the Bucs compared to the New England Patriots that brought Gronk back. Whatever it was, it worked.
Gronkowski didn’t simply return from retirement. Ever since the second half of last year’s season, he has been one of the best tight ends in the league and a vital part of Tampa’s success.
Many people have speculated that Gronkowski is simply waiting to retire when Brady does, which would be poetic considering the unparalleled chemistry between them throughout their Hall of Fame careers.
But even though Brady has given no clear signs as to whether he will return or not next season, Gronkowski has teased that he will return regardless.
On his Twitter account today, Gronkowski posted a statement thanking the team for all their hard work, dedication, and effort throughout the year. A pleasantry that many players will do these days.
However, Gronkowski ended his tweet saying, “year 12???”
Now, this could obviously be the ever-joking Gronkowski playing with Bucs fan’s hearts, or it could mean that the tight end is seriously considering one more season.
The Bucs would be foolish not sign Gronkowski for one more year if he’s willing. His numbers speak for themselves. Even at his age, Gronk is still a dynamic pass-catcher and talented blocker.
Gronkowski’s tweet could just be a teaser, and he, like the rest of the football world, is waiting to hear what Brady will do, but only time will tell for now.
Regardless, if Gronk wants another year like his Tweet says, the Bucs should want one too.
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