Buccaneers should worry about Rob Gronkowski’s retirement comments

Rob Gronkowski was a huge part of the roster for the Buccaneers over the past two seasons, but they may need to look elsewhere this offseason.

All good things have to come to an end at some point. Tom Brady and the Buccaneers won’t last forever, and Rob Gronkowski’s future is also in question.

Gronk has become even more of a flight risk in the NFL than Brady, given that he has already retired once before. As the Buccaneers see what happens with Brady, the same interest needs to be given to the TE1 in Tampa, and his recent comments tell a concerning story.

While Gronk teased the idea of being willing to return for another season on his Twitter account, a quote from TMZ Sports tells a very different story.

Gronk explains that if he had to decide today, his most likely choice would be to retire.

This doesn’t come as a complete surprise after a physically and emotionally demanding season that was marred by injuries, but it is still slightly concerning. Players that want to stay in the league don’t bring up the word “retirement,” and where there is smoke, there is fire.

Gronkowski retiring wouldn’t be a major surprise, but it would hurt the Buccaneers all the same. If Gronk and O.J. Howard retired in the same offseason; Tampa would be left with Cameron Brate as the only option on the roster.

Brate had a good 2021 season, but the position will need an influx of life if the Bucs want to stay solid in that role for the future.

Hopefully, Gronk can remember how much fun the game is after he takes a few weeks to heal, but this isn’t a great start to the offseason with so much conjecture focused on two of the most significant contributors for the Buccaneers.

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