With the Tampa Bay Buccaneers struggling on offense, many are calling for a reunion. This would not solve the Buccaneers offensive problems however.
It’s no secret that the offense of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers thus far in 2022 hasn’t exactly been up to snuff. It’s especially apparent when you compare them to the Buccaneers offenses of the last couple seasons in the Tom Brady era. Naturally, with Brady and the boys struggling a bit, some fans are already calling for a reunion with his all-time favorite pass-catcher in an effort to fix these woes.
The thing is though, if the Bucs were to bring Rob Gronkowski out of retirement, it would be more of a luxury, not a necessity. Gronkowski coming back to the Buccaneers would not solve their problems. Despite the fact that he has kept in shape during his down time, there’s a HUGE difference between being in shape and in football shape. So there’s that out the gate to address.
Even without Gronk, the Buccaneers are still loaded offensively, even at the tight end position. Sure, none of the tight ends on the roster may be Gronk, but they still have three, arguably four, tight ends that are at the very least capable to solid if nothing else. That’s not even getting into the talent at the wide receiver position.
With Gronk on the field, the threat of him bursting down the seem for a big gain is always there, and it takes some pressure off of the wide receivers on the outside, enabling them to thrive. The thing is though, even without that threat, the Bucs are loaded with wide receiver talent that can make plays with or without the presence of an elite tight end.
Why hasn’t it seemed like that so far in 2022? Well, it’s really quite simple. Mike Evans was suspended a game, and when he has played he’s played well, and Chris Godwin and Julio Jones are banged up. Godwin was probably never fully healthy to begin with anyway. With this being the case, they won’t be gone forever. Evans will be back this week against the Kansas City Chiefs, and the other two should be back sooner rather than later.
The point here is, the passing attack, and the offense as a whole, for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is going to be absolutely fine. That is the case with or without Rob Gronkowski. Signing him out of retirement would not make him a savior of the franchise, merely the icing on the cake for an already talented team. It’s a team that has also shown that they could and can win without him on the field, even back when he was on the roster. He may be back, he may not. Let’s just not act like the entire season is riding on this decision after week three though.