Gronk says he's retiring, but could be back ‘if Brady calls’

The Brady-Gronk connection was one for the ages.

click to enlarge Gronk out. - PHOTO BY TORI RICHMAN/BUCCANEERS
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Gronk out.
Future Hall-of-Fame tight end Rob Gronkowski formally announced via Instagram that the Super Bowl-winning WWE legend is retiring from football for a second time.

But, according to a tweet detailing a text exchange between Adam Schefter and Gronk’s agent Drew Rosenhaus, Gronk could easily be back soon, “if Brady calls him.”

While his time with the Bucs was certainly brief, it was quite an experience. TB12’s favorite target quickly became a fan favorite, and for good reason. Gronk’s performance in the Super Bowl was a big reason for the Bucs’ victory, and his role as a comfort blanket of sorts for Brady will sorely be missed.
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Now that he’s officially gone, the Bucs can turn their focus to maximizing tight end Cam Brate’s production as the new starter, as well to bringing along the a pair of rookies they drafted at the position.

The Brady-Gronk connection was one for the ages, breaking seemingly every record in the book on their way to winning three Super Bowls together, with plenty of Gronk Spikes to go around.

Hopefully the Bucs can move on from having the fantastic red zone threat and blocker on their roster without too much drop off, but the retirement does explain the Bucs’ decision to draft two tight ends as opposed to settling for just one.

We’ll see where things go from here. After such a roller-coaster offseason filled with more ups and downs than the ending of a soap opera, this is certainly a big blow.

Like everything else so far, we’ll just have to wait and see how things play out for the Bucs.