December 4, 2023

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Rob Gronkowski: Not all in on committing to a return

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers offseason program is right around the corner, and the Buccaneers are still without tight end Rob Gronkowski. The Bucs currently have two tight ends, Cameron Brate and Cody McElroy, on the roster but hold out hope that Gronk may still re-sign. Gronk has stated that he hasn’t decided if he will return but is 100% sure that if he does that it will be with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

His indecision to return has a lot to do with how he feels. he certainly enjoys playing the game and catching passes from long-time teammate Tom Brady but the wear and tear on his body after 11 years in the league is beginning to take its toll.

“I’ve played 11 years, It’s not like you wake up after a game, and you’re feeling amazing. It’s a beating. You get hit every single play.”

Gronk told TMZ that he has even avoided catching passes because of the effect it would have on his decision-making. 

“I knew if I started catching some passes that my head would have started turning, like, ‘Oh, crap, I got to get back out on the field,’” Gronk said. “And, right now, I’m not ready to get back out on that field. I’m not ready to commit to the game of football right now.”

However, Gronk would return to the game of football if he feels he can continue taking the hits on the field, but if he told USA Today Sports that if he is not all in, he may just stay away from the game.

“So if I’m not all in to do that, then I’m not going to put myself out there in that situation. But if I’m feeling that, if I want to go knock my head around, you know; put my body on the line, if I feel like doing that again, miss that, I would certainly sign another contract.’’

Rob Gronkowski re-signed for one season with the Buccaneers in 2021 and suffered a hit against the Los Angeles Rams that broke his ribs which he referred to as what he thinks being shot must feel like.

The veteran tight end has a lot to think about before he decides to return, but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and fans alike, will continue to anticipate his next move and, if he decides to return, welcome him with open arms.