Bucs tight end Rob Gronkowski told TMZ Sports that he is coming back for the 2021 NFL season. This isn’t the first time that Gronkowski has said he wants to return for another year in the NFL – presumably in Tampa Bay. But with free agency starting on Monday, March 15, it’s the most recent indication that he will be catching passes again from Tom Brady in 2021.

“I’m coming back to play football,” said Gronkowski, who turns 32 in May. “I’m coming back. I had a great year last year. We won the championship.

“I will be back playing football, man. I love the game of football, and I loved playing last year and had a great time. We won it all. Even if we didn’t win it all I tell you this – I was coming back to play football again this year because I had a blast last year. I love the game. I just started my training again.”

Last April, the Bucs traded for Gronkowski, who retired after the 2018 season and sat out the entire 2019 campaign. In his first season with the Bucs, Gronkowski caught 45 passes for 623 yards (13.8 avg.) and scored seven touchdowns as Tampa Bay’s starting tight end in 2020. He caught eight passes for 110 yards in the postseason, including six passes for 67 yards and two touchdowns in the team’s 31-9 win over Kansas City in Super Bowl LV.

“It felt good to go out there and help the team out,” Gronkowski said. “Just look at the team that we had. We had so much talent. We had so much talent at every position. The guys were all great guys and let me tell you, there were no on that was selfish on our team. That’s what helped us win a championship.”

Gronkowski said he took three days off and resumed training for four days straight. Click on the video to find out what else Gronkowski told TMZ Sports.

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Scott Reynolds is in his 25th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: sr@pewterreport.com
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Pete Wood
4 months ago

They’re getting the band back together!

cobraboy
4 months ago

No one selfish? How about “Break the Bank” Barrett?

Spitfire
Reply to  cobraboy
4 months ago

During the season at least 😂

Naplesfan
Reply to  cobraboy
4 months ago

Barrett is like any other player, he wants to get paid a salary commensurate with his contributions.
Barrett was one of the biggest contributors to the defense on its championship run from December thru February.
So how does that translate to “selfish play”? C’mon, be specific.

aredsoxfan1
Reply to  cobraboy
4 months ago

Negotiating your contract has nothing to do with being a selfish player on the field. Barrett earned every penny. If the Bucs can’t afford to keep him they will move on and find other players.

toofamiliar17
Reply to  cobraboy
4 months ago

That quote has been taken so out of context at this point that it’s laughable. There’s nothing selfish about players wanting to maximize their earnings in the small window they have available to them to set both themselves and their families up for long term success in life. Barrett understands that THIS is likely his only chance at landing a sizable long term contract with significant guarantees in the NFL. Gotta get while the gettin’s good.

Naplesfan
4 months ago

Of course Gronk will be back on the Bucs roster this season. It’s like a menu at a Chinese restaurant – with Brady, you get Gronk!

BrooklynBucsFan
4 months ago

Shaq isn’t selfish, dude just wants his money and he deserves his money. 4 sacks in the playoffs and 8 regular season gets you paid in the NFL. If I was him, I’d be looking to make as much as I can, as long as I was going to a good team. But even if he gives a small discount to stay here, we still need to pay the man 18-19 mil. He made almost 16 mil last year, it’s nit crazy after winning a super bowl to want a few million a year more.

Chiizy613
4 months ago

Correction: “….all great guys and let me tell you, there were no on that…” Missing an E on no, and
“Gronkowski said he took three days off and resumed training for four days straight. Click on the video…”
Gronk said he took 3 WEEKS off and then has gone 4 days straight. Not three days off and 4 days straight. COME ON SCOTT XD!

Spitfire
4 months ago

I know its a priority to get Barrett back and I hope they do but if he’s too expensive, I think people are still underestimating how much better we are gonna be next year. Our entire Defense got better during our Post Season run, they know what it takes to find that extra gear. With who we have even now coming back or likely to we will be even better, so any addition is just that much better.

Spitfire
Reply to  Spitfire
4 months ago

On top of that… Our Offense should be on point from day one. Things are going to be more smooth no matter what and as we know Brady can make it work with anyone you out in front of him. So if Fournette and AB aren’t back, we will be fine, we will find someone that fits better and it will work even better.

thewbacca
4 months ago

Lol let’s see if he does running one day but changes shirts 5 times and turn it in for credit for a weeks worth of workouts.

Either way I’m good with his actions because the ends absolutely justified the means!

Dude
4 months ago

Fear not Buc fans, Barrett will get signed and be back in Pewter next season. He’s not going anywhere.