The Bucs’ plan to re-sign all of their big name free agents this offseason is going quite well. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Tampa Bay has agreed to a one-year, $8 million deal with tight end Rob Gronkowski. The contract has a value of up to $10 million if Gronkowski hits a number of incentives, per Pewter Report’s Scott Reynolds.

This will be Gronkowski’s second year with the Bucs after he came out of retirement last season to reunite with quarterback Tom Brady and win Super Bowl LV together in the pair’s first season on a new team. It wasn’t exactly known how well Gronkowski would play after retiring due to a myriad of injuries, but he looked refreshed after a year away and didn’t miss a single game.

Gronkowski was a strong contributor in the Bucs’ Super Bowl winning season, making 45 receptions for 623 yards and seven touchdowns. He saved his best game for last, going for 67 yards on six catches and two touchdowns in a 31-9 Super Bowl win. Arguably the biggest impact he had this season came as a blocker on the end of the offensive line, significantly helping out in the run game and taking on pass rushers with tremendous success.

As he made clear early on, the only quarterback Gronkowski wants to play with is Brady. Towards the end of last season and through many comments in 2021, he made it known that he intended to play again this season, suggesting that there was only one team he was going to. Gronkowski suggest that he would test the free agent waters, but in the end there was little question that he would play anywhere other than Tampa Bay.

The tight end position will be loaded with good depth again for the Bucs. Gronkowski remains No. 1 on the depth chart with O.J. Howard and Cam Brate behind at two and three, followed by Tanner Hudson and Codey McElroy. Once again, the Bucs were able to reach a deal with their star player and somehow stay under the salary cap with an immensely talented roster and a Super Bowl ring to show for it.

Gronkowski Contract Update

The Bucs are again using void years, this time on Gronkowski’s contract. This tactic lowers his 2021 cap hit to $4.8 million.

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cobraboy
4 months ago

Now Suh, Brown and Succop…

Virtual_Camel
Reply to  cobraboy
4 months ago

Agreed. If you’re going order of importance I’d rather it be Succop, Suh, and then Brown.

Mike Pengelly
4 months ago

Hail, hail, the gang’s all here…again ! Now get Suh and Succop and we’re ready to roll. Makes the draft a lot easier to make decisions now the main potential holes are filled. James White maybe (he’d be cheap!), Jamal Williams from the Pack or maybe one of the top 3 RB in the 1st round? I know what you’re saying….what do you want everything !!!!

Daba
4 months ago

So much for dipping a toe in FA

steve maran
Reply to  Daba
4 months ago

he did for like 4 hours

Gatordoc1
Reply to  steve maran
4 months ago

The water’s better in Tampa Bay

bucballer
4 months ago

Good contract. Didn’t break the bank. Good to have Gronk on board again. Next…Suh please. AB or Hump?

PewterHeart
4 months ago

A round of applause for the front office on trying very hard on keeping the team intact! This is rare, and it shows they’re focused on winning another Lombardi!

Captain Sly
4 months ago

That’s little more than what I was expecting and close to what he made last year. Gronk did seem to be getting stronger as the season went on so it’s a fair deal comparatively speaking.

steve maran
Reply to  Captain Sly
4 months ago

only 4.8 against cap this year

surferdudes
4 months ago

Without Gronk’s blocking alone I don’t think we win the S.B.. There where games where he blocked D ends like he was a pro bowl tackle. Two T.D.’s in the S.B, I’m glad he’s back. And wasn’t going nowhere.

drdneast
4 months ago

We need Suh back. His six sack last year w/o Vea in the lineup was outstanding. Then Succoup then AB.
I also hope they sign Brate because I don’t trust Howard to stay healthy for the entire year

RCKP
Reply to  drdneast
4 months ago

Agree on all counts. Brate is the perfect backup TE for Brady especially. I’d be great w/ moving Howard and keeping Brate, then maybe drafting a TE high.

steve maran
4 months ago

need AB no one nears his talent for the money suh has a few replacements out there but for the right price yes….fournettte for 4.5 mil or less white comes in for 2 trade howard for gilmore and we are even better!!

RCKP
Reply to  steve maran
4 months ago

Disagree on AB. I do agree we won’t get anywhere near his talent for the money, but I think he is the easiest one to replace of our FA’s. Not getting another Suh at his price for a mile. And no reasonable Bucs fan wants to audition a new kicker next year. Must find a way to bring Succop back imo. I don’t think people realize how even this season could’ve turned with a few missed kicks here or there. AB would be great but he’s gravy. Obviously he could flake at any moment and be done, and I think… Read more »

John Anderson
4 months ago

Succup is the last to worry about. Have we not learned our lesson on kickers? Don’t fall into that trap…Suh and AB first

gcolerick
4 months ago

The voidable years scare me a bit when we get to 2023 / 2024 but I guess it’s all water under the bridge if we get to the super bowl a couple of more time between now and then.

Saints Fan
Reply to  gcolerick
4 months ago

The cap is expected to go up by a lot soon.

Mike Pengelly
4 months ago

How about an update on our cap situation now with Godwin, Gronk, David and Barrett in the fold. Do we have enough room for Suh and Succop after an estimate of our draft players is taken into account. Does Brate have to be a cap casualty?? Any other salary rejigging needed and if so who are the likely candidates.

Billsid
4 months ago

The front office is doing a great job, for a change!!! Keep the core of the team together as much as possible. Dare I say a 3 peat!!! Would be so great for all our fans, and the city!!!

BDOG
4 months ago

Enjoying the ride, maybe two more years before drop to bottom for another ten. Who cares, enjoy folks. dont think it matters to put all this cap money in future, we will pay later, like saints doing now?! But we got our Lombardi, so sell future for now, going for 2!

Ron Potter
4 months ago

I knew logically that there was a good chance we could get our core FAs signed. But seeing it unfold and it now become official with LVD, Godwin, Barrett and Gronk… it still feels like a surprise… like knowing what the Christmas present is for weeks and still feeling a genuine pinch-yourself-as-if-this-is-really-happening kind of happiness when you finally open it on Christmas Day. Pretty damn cool. Kudos to the Bucs from coaches to management to players to owners and to the fans! And I know there’s some concerns among us fans as we saw what happened in 2003 against Peyton… Read more »

ScottC543
4 months ago

Oh boy! Next year is going to be so much fun!