The Bucs have focused heavily on their offense during free agency, re-signing center Ryan Jensen and placing the franchise tag on Chris Godwin. But now the team is making outside moves, trading for OG Shaq Mason and signing WR Russell Gage. Could another weapon be back in the fold soon? According to NFL Network’s Cameron Wolfe, tight end Rob Gronkowski could be heading back to Tampa Bay.

“There’s a feeling in Tampa that if Tom Brady just gives a call to his old buddy Gronk, maybe that’s all that needs to be done to get him back,” Wolfe said. “…He’s still enjoying that Tampa Bay life. And he was very productive last year. So, if he’s heathy and feeling good to go, then Gronk back in Tampa seems like the likely option.”

Gronkowski is currently a free agent for the second straight offseason. Last year, he returned to the Bucs on a 1-year, $8M deal. Gronkowski responded with a tremendous season, catching 55 passes for 802 yards and six touchdowns. In the Bucs offense, Gronkowski is obviously a third fiddle to Mike Evans and Chris Godwin. But GM Jason Licht and HC Bruce Arians value him enough to create cap space for him to return.

“I’ve been told if Gronk decides he wants to come back, they would make it work salary cap wise,” Wolfe said. “That would not be a prohibitive factor in bringing somebody like Gronk back.”

Can the Bucs offense bring one more weapon back into the fold? The next 24 hours could be telling.

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Alldaway 2.0
Alldaway 2.0
3 months ago

I would like to see Gronk back.

drdneast
drdneast
3 months ago

Woow this story was a great revelation. A real eye opener. After the Gronk the Bucs need to start worrying about the D. In case anyone has forgotten, it was the D that allowed the Rams to get more than close enough to get that game winning field goal with only 27 seconds left in the game.

twspin
twspin
Reply to  drdneast
3 months ago

Totally agree. But when you start seriously talking about our lack of a pass rush and the poor play of our secondary? Many Buc fans go deaf and dumb. its..Brady will save us. The Rams are back, intact on D next season. Yet, I’ve heard nothing about our poor pass rush. And I can tell everybody this, This team can put up numbers offensively out of this universe. But if we do not address our inability to Defensively attack and get off the field? The Buc will stop..on our defense. It is a huge problem.

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
Reply to  drdneast
3 months ago

I’ve not forgotten that the Bucs defense was ranked fifth in the league in points allowed last year. You know, better than 27 other teams, and only 4 teams better.

And you’re whining about that? Yeah, we all know that your narrative and that of the other usual whiners and gripes like Chefboho was that our defense was terrible and it was all Coach Bowles’ fault. Which is basically insane, and others have schooled you on that but you guys refuse to give up your infantile and obviously bullshit narrative.

bucballer
bucballer
3 months ago

Gronk’s a necessity if we r truly going to compete for the Lombardi this season. It’s Brady’s comfort zone and Gronk is still a mismatch for other teams as they must account for Evans and Godwin. Gage, now, as well. Gronk resigns. He’s never played a year of football without Brady. That’s just unbelievable. And with two different teams. He won’t break that streak. Gronk is productive and colorful person to have around.

surferdudes
surferdudes
3 months ago

Hey mom, where’s my football pants? Tommy’s back, and he needs me!

gcolerick
gcolerick
Reply to  surferdudes
3 months ago

I’d give that a like if I could!

Theydidwhat
Theydidwhat
Reply to  surferdudes
3 months ago

Nailed it!

76bucsfan46
76bucsfan46
3 months ago

We need the Gronk and Playoff Lenny back. Then all defense.

Spitfire
Spitfire
3 months ago

After Gronk, and maybe either a young Hungry TE or Drafting one, and Patterson at RB/Returner, our Offense is set. Then onto the D. Edwards and Winfield are fine at Safety but bringing in a SS so Edwards can play Nickel is my hopes, then a DT, Gholston, a MLB to fill in and learn and another CB to provide Depth. Things are starting to come together though, Licht isn’t gonna rest until our roster is solidified. We get another good Draft under our belts and things are gonna be looking waaay up!

Eddie
Eddie
Reply to  Spitfire
3 months ago

Hope we have a better draft than the last one

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
Reply to  Eddie
3 months ago

That was a great draft, WTF are you talking about? We got a high quality pass rusher in Tryon, likely to succeed JPP as a starter, who started 6 games as a rookie;Trask, a great value understudy quarterback to eventually replace Tom Brady when he retires; Hainsey, a quality depth guy for the offensive line and eventual starter, played in 9 games; Jaelon Dardon, who played well, if not great, on special teams in 9 games; Britt, another depth guy for the linebackers; and Stuard – “Mr. Irrelevant” who defied all expectations and made the roster and played extremely well… Read more »

ScottC543
ScottC543
3 months ago

Why on earth would he play anywhere else? Gronk will play for the Bucs this year too.

Eddie
Eddie
Reply to  ScottC543
3 months ago

He could be hurt (ribs) more seriously than let on

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
Reply to  ScottC543
3 months ago

The chatter awhile ago was that Gronk would like to go to the Bills, his hometown team and a rising franchise with a very good quarterback. There’s certainly logic to that. But with TB-12 coming back, that changed a lot of things. We’ll see.

Theydidwhat
Theydidwhat
3 months ago

The bull horn has sounded! It’s just a matter of when now, because of the cap hit.

gcolerick
gcolerick
3 months ago

I don’t think Licht is through with free agency yet. I believe he is all in for Brady’s last year and will look to plug as many holes as possible in free agency. Licht has until 4:00 pm tomorrow to nail another player or two. Would love to see us add another RB or TE to the roster to secure some depth in those areas and then utilize the draft to solidify the defense. In Licht we trust….go BUCS!

scubog
scubog
Reply to  gcolerick
3 months ago

Free agency doesn’t end at 4:00pm tomorrow……….that’s when it officially begins.