Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski has confirmed that he plans to return for the next season. Gronkowski, who retired in the summer of 2019, came out of retirement last offseason to join the Buccaneers. On Sunday, Gronkowski caught a touchdown pass to help the Buccaneers beat the Kansas City Chiefs 31-9 in the Super Bowl.
"Yeah, I'll remain unretired," Gronkowski said, per ESPN. "I definitely see myself coming back. Just the guys around here, the players around here, the coaches, the people in the front office, they're all just great people and I love working with them all year long.
I'm obviously going to soak this in and see where I'm at in a couple weeks, but I don't see why not. I don't see why I won't be back."
Like Gronkowski, Antonio Brown also hopes to return to the Buccaneers
Brown's career appeared to be over but the Buccaneers gave him a second chance and he didn't mess it up this year.
"I would love to be to be back here next year. It would mean everything to be back," Brown said. "I'm just excited ... super grateful. I'm ready to go. ... This is a great spot for me, and I would love to come back and give it another shot at a two-peat."
Buccaneers general manager Jason Licth did a great job of creating a championship roster. "You've gotta give Jason Licht a ton of credit for this football team," Arians said. "He put a great roster together, picking up those guys and still staying cap-friendly.
We've got a very limited time to get into free agency, and we'll try to keep our guys, that's for sure." Buccaneers linebacker Shaquil Barrett also hopes to return to the Buccaneers next season. "Well, I know there ain't no place I'd rather be," Barrett said.
"So I'm pretty sure my agent is gonna get to talking to them, they gonna talk and we're gonna find a quick solution to this. Because I know, like, I found a home here. They gave me a shot. I earned a starting spot here.
They gave me the freedom to play the way I wanted to play, and it's just been working out. It's been a perfect match since day one. The fans showed love since day one, like everybody showed all the love since day one, like I was already proven from when I got here, man. I love it here. I just wanna keep proving them right."