Buccaneers’ Rob Gronkowski Remains Coy Over Return for 2021 NFL Season

Published 01/07/2021, 11:05 AM EST
Dec 26, 2020; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Detroit Lions during the third quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports


Rob Gronkowski is back in the playoffs but in Tampa red this time around. Taking on a new challenge, the tight end has flourished alongside former Patriots QB Tom Brady.

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With 623 receiving yards and 7 touchdowns to his name this season, Gronk seems to be in no mood of slowing down just yet.

Rob Gronkowski refuses to rule out anything

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The tight end who came out of retirement to sign a 1-year deal with the Buccaneers has been asked multiple times in the past about his future in the NFL.

Recently while talking to the press, Rob Gronkowski discussed what plans he has heading into 2021 season. 

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“You know, it’s just the start of the playoffs right now. There’s always a time for that,” he said.

The former New England Patriots tight end, though, hinted when he might address the burning question on everyone’s mind.

“The time to think about it (returning for 2021) is right after the season ends to about four or five weeks after the season. So that’s the grace period.”

Gronkowski has enjoyed a decent spell without injuries during his time with Tampa. The tight end who has repeatedly struggled with his left elbow has thankfully avoided a relapse.

Many believe that his recurring elbow injury was a key factor in him calling it a day after the 2018 season with the Patriots. But with that concern laid to bed for now, Gronk might just enjoy a long and successful second stint in the league.

Gronk focusing solely on Washington

With the Tampa Bay Buccaneers back in the playoffs for the first time in 13 years, the team remains focused on the first challenge that lies ahead of them, the Washington Football Team. A sentiment that the veteran tight end seems to share as well.  

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Oct 25, 2020; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (left) celebrates after tight end Rob Gronkowski (center) scored a touchdown against the Las Vegas Raiders during the first half at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

“Right now, I’m really just focused on Washington and the football team that we’re playing. And just really focusing on getting a win and going out there and performing my best.”

Rob Gronkowski knows a thing or two about winning playoffs games. And the Buccaneers will hope that his experience turns out to be a deciding factor when they take on Ron Rivera’s defense-heavy Washington side in the Wild Card Round. 

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Shivayan Roy

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for Goal.com and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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