NFL Star TE Rob Gronkowski Weighs In on His Plans for the 2022 Season; Can He Return With Tom Brady?

Published 04/04/2022, 4:30 PM EDT
TAMPA, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 07: Rob Gronkowski #87 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers reacts after defeating the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium on February 07, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. The Buccaneers defeated the Chiefs 31-9. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Tom Brady is the only quarterback that Rob Gronkowski has ever teamed with. While the legendary tight end announced his retirement after winning a Super Bowl back in 2021, he intends to make a comeback again to the league.

However, it is not easy for other teams to get him because he will only re-sign under one condition. According to the reports, Gronkowski has a “50/50” chance of making a comeback the similar way he returned to the game in 2020 and clinched a Super Bowl title.

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Rob Gronkowski wants to play alongside Tom Brady

Having a player like Rob Gronkowski on the team is always a great help for the quarterbacks to take those chances. And that’s why the Brady-Gronks relationship has always been an extraordinary bond in the sport.

Recently, JC Cornell reported that the former Bucs tight end wants to make a comeback, but the probability of happening so is just a 50/50 chance. Even if that happens, he will only play alongside Tom Brady and with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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The long-standing relationship between the duo dates back to 2010 when Gronkowski was first drafted by the New England Patriots. The bond became so strong that he went with Brady and the Buccaneers after announcing a comeback from 13 months of retirement in 2020. Together, they connected for 90 touchdown passes, making them the second pair of all time after Peyton Manning and Marvin Harrison, who have 112 TDs together.

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 3: Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots is tackled by Tom Brady #12 after stealing his jersey before the opening day game between the Boston Red Sox and the Pittsburgh Pirates at Fenway Park on April 3, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

For the past two seasons with the Bucs, Gronk caught 117 passes for 1,651 yards and made 16 touchdowns for the team. will the Buccaneers go after the tight end, who is left free in the market and Brady on the table ready to attack?

Can Rob has his chance to get back with TB12?

Under the current scenario, the Buccaneers have just two tight ends under contract for the 2022 season, Brate and McElroy. So, Rob Gronkowski on the roster would be an attractive catch that Buccaneers must look for.

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However, the team will have to make certain adjustments in their salary cap space, as they are currently $3 million over the 2022 salary cap. With Brady on the field, the Buccaneers may look for building the team under his shelter so that he can play with wide arms in the upcoming season.

Previously, in March 2019, Gronk retired at the age of 29 citing health issues. He had a myriad of health problems and often suffered from back injuries, broken ribs, and punctured lungs in his career. Later in 2020 he returned with the Buccaneers and helped the team clinch their third Super Bowl ring under the leadership of Brady.

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Will the Buccaneers go after Rob Gronkowski again for the upcoming season?

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Deepesh Nair

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Deepesh Nair is an NFL author at EssentiallySports. Having started his career in journalism as a trending news writer, he has published around 500 articles for various media portals. Although Deepesh comes from a Computer Science background, his fondness for writing has persuaded him to create his career in it.

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