When it comes to Rob Gronkowski and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the status is not exactly crystal clear on the present or future. Hopefully, it will be soon though, so the Buccaneers have more of a plan for tight end.
When Tom Brady decided to retire for a cup of coffee, naturally it was assumed that Gronkowski would either walk away from football. Sure, there was a chance he’d still play, but his time in Tampa Bay was probably done. He’s only ever played with Brady, and has stated he only wanted to play with Brady, but then also said it would be fun to play with Joe Burrow, so naturally, things were looking a little bleak when it came to Gronk’s future with the Bucs.
Of course, Brady is now back with the Buccaneers, and the Tompa Bay party should be back in full swing. Due to Brady and Gronkowski’s on-field marriage to one another, it’s been assumed that it’s only going to be a matter of time before Gronk is back in Tampa Bay.
However, Drew Rosenhaus, the notorious agent of many a player, but also Gronkowski, shed some light on the current status of the future of Gronk as it pertains to the Buccaneers.
When talking to JoeBucsFan, Rosenhaus said that while Gronkowski is uncertain on if he wants to return to the field, the Buccaneers also don’t even have a contract in place for if/when the future Hall of Fame tight end does lace up the cleats again.
While this is certainly no room for panic, it is curious that the Bucs aren’t already planning on either possibility. On one hand, one would think that a tentative contract would already be in place for Gronk when he’s ready, especially given the state of their salary cap. On the other, Cameron Brate is the only tight end on the current roster with any experience, and while he has been one of the more under-the-radar reliable players on the team, he and Codey McElroy are the only tight ends that the Bucs currently have period. The position hasn’t even been addressed even with O.J. Howard’s departure.
Obviously, there are still a lot of shoes left to drop in this offseason that’s been seemingly raining shoes. Rob Gronkowski will still likely end up back with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. However, if he doesn’t return, then the position will certainly have to be addressed sooner rather than later. Hopefully, this all gets resolved as soon as possible.