The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were dealt a blow earlier this offseason when seven-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback Tom Brady announced his retirement. In the aftermath of the announcement, fans wondered if Brady's good friend and longtime teammate Rob Gronkowski would also retire.
After all, Gronkowski has only played on NFL where Brady has thrown him the ball, so it wouldn't be shocking if he decided to wrap up his career too. Fortunately, Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians had an update on the iconic tight end that Tampa Bay's fanbase will love to hear.
Rob Gronkowski Retirement
Arians told reporters on Tuesday that Gronkowski has been training at the Buccaneers' practice facility twice a week as of late. When asked if the tight end is considering retirement, Arians said, "We'll see."
Although he dealt with injuries in 2021, Gronkowski had his best campaign in years. The 32-year-old finished with 55 receptions for 802 yards and six touchdowns in 12 games, so there's clearly some gas left in the tank. Even if he doesn't have chemistry with Tampa Bay's next starting QB, Gronkowski is still a key part of the Buccaneers' offense.
At the same time, there's the possibility that the five-time Pro Bowler may not be a Buc next season even if he doesn't retire. Gronkowski is set to become a free agent this month, with his resumé and talents making him valuable to any team looking to bolster their offense.
Only time will tell what Gronkowski eventually decides to do. Even if he still can play, he's accomplished enough in his career that no one would question him walking away from the game.
On the other hand, the Buccaneers have +2600 odds (T-No. 12) to win Super Bowl LVII, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. Getting their starting tight end to come back would certainly help maintain or even improve those odds.
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Devon Platana is not a FanDuel employee. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.