Reporter has optimistic take on Buccaneers critical player
By Rob Leeds
The Buccaneers look primed to start the season without Hall of Fame tight end Rob Gronkowski, but is that how the season will end?
Despite announcing his retirement from the Buccaneers nearly a week ago, Rob Gronkowski and his potential to return to the team is still a major point of conversation amongst the NFL world.
Perhaps Tom Brady has broken everyone. Retiring just to return 40 days later has a way of giving people hope about crazy things happening when they already don’t need that much more hope in ludicrous happenings.
To worsen his case, Gronk already retiring and returning once in his career has a way of making people wonder whether this is going to stick.
ESPN’s Mike Tannenbaum is extremely confident that the retirement won’t last.
While it does still feel more likely than anything that Gronk is probably going to stay in retirement after the injury-riddled season that we just saw, Tannenbaum does bring up some good points.
The Bucs don’t need Gronkowski as much as they did in the past. The offense can easily switch out Gronk for a receiver if the Buccaneers can find a quality WR4, and Gronk seeing this during the season could help remedy some concerns about his usage.
Tannenbaum does also mention the relationship with Brady, and that is a huge point to consider.
If Brady really does reach out to Gronk, it seems impossible to imagine that the tight end could ever say no. If Brady starts getting desperate and needs a way to pump some life into the offense, this feels like a pretty easy thing to fall back on if Gronk is really only doing this to miss out on some of the bloated early parts of the season.
One way or another, it might not be wise to completely close the door on anything happening with the future Hall of Famer just yet.
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