Buccaneers get bad news on important missing piece

Rob Gronkowski, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
Rob Gronkowski, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) /

The Buccaneers clearly miss Rob Gronkowski on offense. While many held out hope that he would return, that appears to be off the table.

There isn’t a Buccaneers fan out there that doesn’t want Rob Gronkowski to come back. It feels like every day since the future Hall of Famer announced his second retirement has held some type of viral Tweet expressing hope or some “inside knowledge” about what the star would do, and all of that played into this idea that Gronk could come back to save the team when it needs him most.

The offense has been terrible. While he isn’t the entire reason why, one has to wonder how much having Gronkowski back would help this team. Brady sure seems to miss one of his favorite options, and the other tight ends haven’t lived up to the prior standard.

Unfortunately for Brady and the Bucs, it looks like Gronk is not coming back this season after his most recent announcement.

It isn’t completely out of the question, but it sure does seem hard to imagine Gronk will leave any of the pregame shows to return to playing, especially not when the Bucs look so bad.

This is a disappointing realization, but it is not a surprising one. Hope is one thing, but very few people should’ve actually expected Gronkowski to come back at any point based on all of his prior comments on the topic.

The Buccaneers are going to have to figure out another way to get this offense back on track rather than banking on the Hall of Fame tight end returning from retirement again.

Is there still a chance? Maybe a very slim one, but this sure does seem to show that anyone betting on this actually happening is a little silly.

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