Buccaneers GM giving Rob Gronkowski time to determine his future

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Rob Gronkowski is welcome to come back again to Tampa Bay for an additional yr, however Buccaneers brass don’t anticipate a right away reply from the tight finish about his NFL future.

Whereas addressing the media Tuesday, the identical day Tom Brady called it a career, Buccaneers normal supervisor Jason Licht mentioned they might give Gronkowski the time he must assess what his subsequent steps is likely to be within the coming weeks.

“I don’t suppose it was going to be (dependent) on whether or not Tom got here again or not….we might welcome Rob again with open arms however we’re giving him the area to find out what he needs to do,” Licht mentioned, per Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times.

The Buccaneers will give Rob Gronkowski time to think about his NFL future
The Buccaneers will give Rob Gronkowski time to consider his NFL future
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Earlier than Brady introduced his retirement after 22 seasons — the ultimate two being with the Buccaneers — Gronkowski spoke concerning the potentialities of enjoying subsequent season with out the one quarterback he’s ever identified.

“There could possibly be a situation like that,” Gronkowski mentioned, per 95.3 WDAE in St. Petersburg. “I’ll by no means throw something off the board since you by no means understand how something goes to play out. It’s the NFL. It’s one of many craziest enterprise on the market. You see organizations simply completely flip yr in and yr out typically.”

Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht in January 2022
Buccaneers normal supervisor Jason Licht in January 2022
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Gronkowski spent the primary 9 seasons of his profession in New England earlier than retiring in March 2019. The five-time Professional Bowler came out of retirement a yr later to affix Brady in Tampa Bay.

Of their first yr with the Buccaneers, Brady and Gronkowski added one other Tremendous Bowl title to their already stacked collections. Gronkowski and Brady have been on three championship groups collectively in New England, though the quarterback boasts seven titles in whole.

Gronkowski celebrated Brady’s retirement Wednesday on Instagram, sharing a video that featured their on-and-off-field highlights over time.

Gronkowski also celebrated pal Tom Brady's retirement in a new video shared Wednesday
Gronkowski additionally celebrated pal Tom Brady’s retirement in a brand new video shared Wednesday
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“Tommy Boy!!! This soccer journey with you has been nothing in need of particular,” Gronkowski captioned the video. “Thanks on your dedication to the sport, placing the workforce in the absolute best place to win yearly, all of the data that have been damaged, the Tremendous Bowls, the recollections, and your friendship via the final 12 years.

“In case you commit even simply 10% of what you dedicated to soccer in no matter you do subsequent, you can be tremendous duper profitable. I witnessed greatness for thus a few years and received to study from the perfect to ever do it.”

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