SJ - April 11, 2022
The Buccaneers might end up with a big time player calling it quits after all. Tom Brady pulled the retire then un-retire move to force Bruce Arians into the front office (unofficially anyway), but tight end Rob Gronkowski is really having a hard time deciding if he wants to play again.
Gronk recently confirmed that if he does play next season that it will be for the Buccaneers. He also confirmed that he's not close to making a decision on whether or not he wants to play.
From Bucs Nation:
Emery: Are you in contract negotiations, or are you not even there yet?
Gronkowski: That will start if I decide that I want to play. There’s no reason to do that while there’s a decision to be made first. It’s all about if I decide to.
Emery: Did Bruce Arians standing down as head coach impact your decision at all?
Gronkowski: No, no, no. If I go back to play football, it’s going to be for the Bucs. I loved playing for Coach Arians.
Emery: Would you play for anyone else?
Gronkowski: Not right now, the Buccaneers situation is just too good if I decide to go back and play. Like I said, I love all my teammates there. They are all great teammates and all selfless players, they are there for the team and what’s best for the team and the whole organization. If I do play football again, it’ll be for the Bucs.
As good as Gronk is, playing the game the way he does takes a big toll on him physically. I'm sure we'll see plenty of Gronk whether he play next season or not.