Buccaneers head coach Todd Bowles recently had conversation with Rob Gronkowski
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Todd Bowles reveals Rob Gronkowski reached out to the team but nothing definitive happened from their conversation. After the 2021 season ended, Gronkowski took a long time before announcing his retirement from football in June.
But Gronkowski also retired in 2019, only to return to football during the 2020 offseason. After Gronkowski retired for the second time, some felt he may be tempted to again return to football during this season. “It was more of a conversation than anything else.
Usually, when you have to think about playing, you probably don’t want to play. When it’s just a discussion, I didn’t think much of it at the time," Bowles said, per the Tampa Bay Times.
Will Gronkowski un-retire and suit up again for the Buccaneers?
In July, Buccaneers star wide receiver Mike Evans was asked if he believed Gronkowski would return to the Buccaneers.
"I hope he comes back. With Tom and Gronk you never know. I wouldn't be mad if he came back, I'd be excited. But I think he's done. He plays the tight end position with max effort, he takes a pretty big beating and I've seen his body after some of the games and I understand why (he retired)," Evans said in July.
In September, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that the Buccaneers were not counting on Gronkowski to return to football during this season. After Tom Brady decided to un-retire in March, many felt Gronkowski would continue his career.
But that didn't happen as Gronkowski announced his retirement from football during the offseason. Meanwhile, this season has been all but smooth for the Buccaneers, who are 6-8. Despite a losing record, the Buccaneers still own the top spot in the NFC South.
The Buccaneers haven't been great this season but they will likely make the playoffs since they will probably finish as the best team from their weak division. It remains to be seen if Gronkowski decides to return to football and help the Buccaneers in the postseason.