The group reunites in Tampa Bay for another run at a potential super bowl. At this point, the Buccaneers are just missing two key fiddlers, defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh and tight end Rob Gronkowski. Throughout free agency, the team remained in contact with both players. There is interest on both sides to facilitate a potential return to the franchise. Suh even publicly expressed his wishes on social media.
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Gronkowski remained a little coy, again flirting with the idea of retiring this offseason. Had Tom Brady stayed out of the game, one wonders if Gronkowski would have joined him on the sidelines. Alas, the time for guesswork is over.
As of now, Gronkowski says he is still deciding if he wants to continue his football career. Earlier this week, he said he had yet to enter into contract negotiations with the Buccaneers. The veteran previously said that if he continues to play, it will only be in Tampa Bay.
“It’s going to start [contract negotiations] if I decide I want to play. There is no reason to do so as long as there is a decision to be made first. It all depends on whether I decide to do it.
Either way, it looks like the future Hall of Famer is still working off the pitch in the event of a return. On Friday, images of Gronkowski and Tennessee Titans star Derrick Henry emerged on social media after a practice session. It looks like Gronkowski is staying fit.
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However, that might mean nothing at all when it comes to the football pitch. After all, Gronkowski is chomping at the bit to take on Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson in a WWE match.
Without Gronkowski officially in the fold, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are in desperate need of a tight end. As of now, the team only has two tight ends under contract, veteran Cam Brate and Codey McElroy. With optimism that Gronkowski will be back for at least one more run, it will be interesting to see if the Bucs target an addition for the unit in the upcoming NFL Draft.
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Tampa Bay has only four picks in the first four rounds, but general manager Jason Licht could consider trading the first round for multiple picks throughout the draft.
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