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When the dust settled on Monday, the Buccaneers were able to secure tight end Rob Gronkowski for another season.

But Tampa Bay wasn’t the only team in hot pursuit according to Michael Silver.

Gronkowski was a strong contributor in the Bucs’ Super Bowl winning season, making 45 receptions for 623 yards and seven touchdowns. He had 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.

Bucs TE Rob Gronkowski

Bucs TE Rob Gronkowski – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

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.

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About the Author: Mark Cook

Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, the beach and family time.Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at mark@pewterreport.com
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drdneast
6 months ago

Sure he was…

Wausa
6 months ago

I don’t believe his report one bit

toofamiliar17
6 months ago

Makes sense. Bills have been talked about as needing a TE all offseason. And although I liked both Jonnu and Henry, I think they both had some buyer beware red flags. At the prices they ultimately signed for, a one year offer to Gronk for a bit less was a sound effort by them.

I expect that Gronk will be here as long as Brady is. But once he’s gone, I have a hunch he’ll still want to play a bit more. Maybe that’s when he gives it a shot elsewhere, just for kicks and giggles.

Billsid
6 months ago

Lots of taxes there, terrible weather 9 months out of the year, and worse state politics than any other, except California…..No brainer staying here close to mom and Tom!!

Runole
Reply to  Billsid
6 months ago

This!!!

drdneast
Reply to  Billsid
6 months ago

If only we could import them DeSantis he could get up there and start rationing out vaccines by determining which political party you belong to and how much money you make and what neighborhood you live in.

fredster
Reply to  drdneast
6 months ago

Yeah that’s what he happened. LOL. Your a Moron. Probably big Cuomo fan.

aredsoxfan1
Reply to  Billsid
6 months ago

And why exactly would anyone care about your politics on a sports site? That’s right, nobody does. Glad to see Gronk back in the fold.

surferdudes
6 months ago

No Friggen way he was going there, none.

Dman
Reply to  surferdudes
6 months ago

In know right.

aredsoxfan1
6 months ago

Gronk has the right idea saying he is only going to play on one year contracts going forward however long he plays. More NFL players , especially the best players should take this attitude and tell teams they are only playing on guaranteed contracts. If you want me to commit for 5 years, you do the same and make all the $$$ guaranteed.

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