Bucs tight end Rob Gronkowski announced his retirement from football on Tuesday at the age of 33. But have we really seen the last of Gronk in red and pewter?

Interestingly, Gronkowski’s agent Drew Rosenhaus left the door open for a Gronkowski return. Speaking to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Rosenhaus said: “It would not surprise me if Tom Brady calls him during the season to come back and Rob answers the call. This is just my opinion but I wouldn’t be surprised if Rob comes back during the season or next season.”

Gronkowski has suffered several major injuries in his 11 years in the NFL. He missed five games last year due to broken ribs and a punctured lung. Yet he still managed to catch 55 passes for 802 yards (14.6 avg.) and six touchdowns.

Gronkowski might be listening to his body say, “No more football.” Or his body might be saying, “Not right now. Check back in October or November.”

This is the second retirement for Gronkowski. He stepped away from the game following a Super Bowl win in 2018. After sitting out the 2019 season, Gronkowski came out of retirement to reunite with Tom Brady – this time in Tampa Bay. The Bucs won Super Bowl LV largely due to Gronkowski’s two first half touchdowns in a 31-9 win over the Kansas City Chiefs.

Brady and Gronkowski have connected 620 times for 9,275 yards and 93 touchdowns. This makes them the most prolific quarterback/tight end combo in NFL history. Their 105 touchdowns combined between regular season and post-season are second only to Peyton Manning and Marvin Harrison.

In two seasons with the Bucs, Gronkowski caught 100 passes for 1,425 (14.3 avg.) and 13 touchdowns. He added 17 catches for 226 yards and two TDs in six postseason games in Tampa Bay.

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About the Author: Scott Reynolds

Scott Reynolds is in his 27th 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 coordinator/defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: [email protected]
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fredster
fredster
4 days ago

Here we go I knew this was coming lol. It wouldn’t shock me I guess. I was quite surprised he didn’t want to play one more year here.

Joseph
Joseph
4 days ago

Would surprise me if he did come back think he is done. Looks like he is having too much fun with life after football the injuries he was dealing with probably helped with the decision glad he came to Tampa was a great couple years one of my favorite players of all time.

twspin
twspin
4 days ago

I think a lot of fans forget how many injuries Gronk has had. He’s a pretty banged up guy. Ans still performs at a high level. Money is not a problem for him and he has a good lookin lady. Every time he thinks about comin back, he probably takes another drink of his favorite beverage and parties some more. I think he’s done. However, Looks like Licht is clearing up some bait money for something. If he comes back at all, it will be during mid training season. But if I were him, I’d do an Ali Marpet and… Read more »

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
4 days ago

Maybe, but to do that he’d have to stay in football shape until he un-retired. He’s also got a well paying job waiting for him at Fox. They aren’t going to take kindly Gronk retiring from their company twice. Nothing’s impossible, but this is very unlikely to be.

76Buc
76Buc
4 days ago

The player is not in camp. Let’s focus on players that are in camp.

Eddie
Eddie
Reply to  76Buc
4 days ago

Finally, the right thing to do. He is gone for the final time. :Let him go

Dman
Dman
Reply to  76Buc
3 days ago

Absolutely. Please, no more articles like this Scott.

buccaneerNW
buccaneerNW
4 days ago

Please stop. The teasing is bullshit.

Eddie
Eddie
Reply to  buccaneerNW
4 days ago

Worked in New England.

Horse
Horse
3 days ago

I sure don’t want another type of Richard Sherman return, where you are counted on to play immediately. Gronk gave his reasons. If he returns it will be to the highest bidder. Lets move forward. Like I said before, Gronk is special, just like a couple other TE’s teams have and aren’t giving them up.

Runole
Runole
3 days ago

Could very well be to avoid training camp and show up later.