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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers usually do not believe are going to in a position to coax Rob Gronkowski out of retirement for another time.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reported the Bucs are “not counting” on Gronkowski’s return, believing he’s got “shifted along with his life.”
The team initially hoped Tom Brady can convince Gronkowski to create a comeback through the 2022 season if the Bucs were a playoff team.
The near future Hall of Famer announced his second retirement in June. He initially sat out the 2019 season during his first retirement prior to making a comeback and playing the final 2 yrs in Tampa.
After appearing in every 16 games throughout a relatively healthy 2020, Gronkowski again saw his body breakdown last season. He was limited by 12 regular-season games, compiling 55 catches for 802 yards and six touchdowns.
The 33-year-old includes a history of significant injuries across his football career, undergoing at least nine surgeries. Throughout a 2019 interview with CBS News’ Reena Ninan, he estimated he suffered 20 concussions.
While there is instant speculation that Gronkowski could return midseasoneven from his agent, Drew Rosenhaushe’s consistently pushed back on any comeback hopes.
“I’m finished with football,” Gronkowski told ESPN’s Mike Reiss. “Love the overall game. Love the overall game. And definitely blessed with all the current opportunities the overall game of football has given me and the relationships I’ve madeobviously, within New England for nine seasons and two down in Tampa for just two.”
“But I’m finished with football and stepping my feet in to the business world, the business enterprise ventures, and just seeing what’s on the market and where I could find my place.”
Since it stands, Brady will get into his age-45 season without his biggest security blanket in the Bucs offense. With injuries over the offensive line dominating the offseason program and wideout Chris Godwin returning from an ACL tear, that is arguably the weakest supporting cast Brady has already established since arriving in Tampa.