Rob Gronkowski Being Coaxed Out Of ‘Retirement’ By 49ers Defensive Star: “Add Him To The Clamp List”

Published 05/04/2022, 12:00 PM EDT
FOXBORO, MA – DECEMBER 31: Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots looks on before the game against the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium on December 31, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

San Francisco 49ers safety Jimmie Ward seems to be gunning for his next victim in Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski. Ward is among the key defensive players in Kyle Shanahan’s system and appears ready to take on the Gronk challenge. While Gronk remains hesitant for another NFL season, he hasn’t yet completely ruled out competing in 2022.

Amidst reports of Gronk making demands from the organization for his return, Ward was quick to jump in to share his feelings. In the Instagram post’s comments section, Ward comments, “Please come out of retirement…add him to the clamp list.

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Ward is well known for his rugged defensive plays and has been gaining notoriety for hard contact on offensive players.

The chance of Ward’s wishes attaining fulfillment remains high despite Gronk’s hesitancy, and it will be interesting to see what happens next. The Buccaneers have also put in contingencies in a situation that Gronk opts out of playing in 2022. But GM Jason Licht remains hopeful of his comeback and has kept the light on once again for one of his key players.

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While he remains in the middle of his choice, Gronk reveals he has been staying in playing shape, fueling return rumors. The recent revelations come following a TMZ Sports show covering his upcoming ‘Gronk Beach’ bash in Las Vegas. He will be relaxing and enjoying his offseason with football a secondary thought.

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While discussing his potential return to the NFL, Gronk states, “We’ll see. I’m staying in shape a little bit. So, we’ll see if I don’t get too out of shape either. That won’t be good for me.” He believes the Beach bash might reignite his love to play football next season over the smallest of occurrences.

The 5-time Pro Bowler will be a tremendous boost for the Buccaneers, and a reunion with QB Tom Brady will be the perfect ending.

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)

He is coming off a great 2021 NFL campaign which saw him record 55 receptions for 802 receiving yards and 6 TDs. The Buccaneers fans will count upon the franchise to get a deal done as they look to turn their Super Bowl dreams into reality.

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Anuj Tazhatuveetil

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An NFL author at EssentiallySports, Anuj Tazhatuveetil is pursuing a Master's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. Initially, he worked as a freelance content writer and later as a part of Sports404. An unquenchable thirst to learn about all things NFL and NBA, adding to a rather healthy obsession with playing outdoor sports like basketball, and soccer with an almost encyclopedic knowledge of this industry make him a sports aficionado.

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