Rob Gronkowski returning to Bucs on one-year deal

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Rob Gronkowski said he wanted to dip his toes in free agency. Apparently, it was too cold to go further into free agency because the tight end is headed back to Tampa.

Gronkowski’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said the star has agreed to a one-year deal worth $10 million to return to the Bucs.

As the Bucs attempt to run it back, they have assured the returns of Gronkowski, linebacker Lavonte David, edge rusher Shaq Barrett and receiver Chris Godwin. They used the franchise tag on Godwin, agreed to terms with Barrett on a four-year deal worth up to $72 million and signed David to a two-year, $25 million extension.

Receiver Antonio Brown, kicker Ryan Succop and running back Leonard Fournette are among the other free agents the Bucs have hitting the market.

Gronkowski, who turns 32 in May, retired and didn’t play the 2019 season. In 2020, he started all 16 regular-season games for the first time since 2011. Gronkowski caught 45 passes for 623 yards with seven touchdowns in his first season with the Bucs, adding eight receptions for 110 yards and two touchdowns in the postseason.

18 responses to “Rob Gronkowski returning to Bucs on one-year deal

  1. This Jason Licht is a real GM, not like the stiff (Baalke) we have over in Jacksonville. 7 hours into FA and so far the Jags have a kick returner.

  2. Brady brought his salary cap cheating scheme to tampa. Probably paying all of the players extra through his TB12 foundation to keep everyone on the team. Of course his dad Goodell won’t dare investigate this scam and will continue to let it go like the patriot days.

  3. I knew Gronk was just trying to bug Tommy about testing the waters. Probably just wanted a free private jet to N.Y. Cool he is back. Does Brate or Howard get cut? Brady seemed to like that Hudson TE last year.

  4. It’s hard to win two in a row in this league. But Bucs may have the best shot of any team in a long time. Bucs are going to have a TON of continuity into next year. Not just the players but their entire coaching staff is staying intact. The NFC South will be weaker with Brees gone. And the Bucs will have a favorable schedule playing the AFC East and NFC East. Unless there are major injury problems, I can’t see how this team doesn’t make the playoffs. That’s almost certain.

    Could we see a Bucs vs Chiefs rematch in the Super Bowl? Possible.

  5. Good question about Howard and Brate. Brate took a big pay cut last year to stay with the team but made a load of money the previous 2 years. The Bucs picked up Howards option year and Brady really liked and trusted him before he got hurt. According to pundits here, Brate will have to take another pay reduction to stay but doubtful since they resigned Gronk and can sign Auclair or Hudson for near the league minimum.

  6. Brady is lucky. Brady has a secret cap cheating scheme. Brady is tight with Goodell.

    Got it.

    I always knew something was up…

  7. So now, there are A.B., Succop and Suh. And others. Hope they can sign them all, but especially Succop and Suh. Hopefully, Haeg, Nunez-Rochez, McLendon. We’ll see. Will have to check the cap tomorrow and see what’s left. They also have to have enough for their draftees. Interesting times ahead.

  8. If Tampa’s salary cap wizardry buys them back to back Superbowls for the first time since 2003-04, their fans will forgive them 5+ years of sub .500 seasons when the bills come due.

  9. Gronk tested the waters and realized there’s no way the GOAT QB and TE can break up.

  10. The Bucs way overpaid for Gronk. I’m not saying he is a vet minimum kind of guy now but from what we saw last year, he can still play but he did not dominate like Gronk of old.

    But more than that, who were the Bucs competing against for his services? Gronk had no leverage. Every other team knew he didn’t want to play anywhere else. If the Bucs offered him $5M, he wasn’t going to leave.

    Maybe this sweet deal came from an off the books agreement from Brady’s negotiations and his friendly contract.

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