Rob Gronkowski “Not Ready to Commit” to Playing in 2022

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) in 2021
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) in 2021. Photo by John Mersits/CSM/Shutterstock (12622089w)

Quarterback Tom Brady has already decided to return for another run with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2022. However, his favorite target, tight end Rob Gronkowski, is still mulling on whether to do the same.

Gronkowski, who is currently a free agent, spoke about his future in the NFL with TMZ Sports on Tuesday and said he is not ready to return to football.

“Right now, I’m not ready to get back out on that field,” Gronkowski told TMZ Sports. “I’m not ready to commit to the game of football right now.”

Gronkowski already retired from professional football after the 2018 season. However, his retirement only lasted one year before he decided to return to NFL and follow Brady to Tampa Bay. The duo won the Super Bowl in their first season with the Bucs before being eliminated in the Divisional Round in the 2022 postseason.

Gronkowski had a productive campaign last season despite missing five games due to various injuries. He made 55 receptions for 802 yards while adding six receiving touchdowns.

If Gronkowski decides he still wants to continue playing, his return to the Buccaneers shouldn’t be a forgone conclusion, even with Brady around. There are reportedly multiple other Super Bowl contenders who would be happy to add Gronk to their roster, with the Buffalo Bills being a prime candidate.