Will the Buccaneers draft Rob Gronkowski’s replacement?

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Four years ago, tight end Rob Gronkowski ended the mystery regarding his potential retirement by committing to the Patriots in the days preceding the draft. If he hadn’t, the Patriots may have taken his replacement.

As Gronk drags his feet about whether he’ll play in 2022 for the Buccaneers, he needs to consider the possibility that they’ll draft a tight end who will replace him on the roster.

On Tuesday, G.M. Jason Licht was asked whether he’s approaching the draft as if Gronk won’t be back.

“Well, no,” Licht said. “You have to pay attention to that position. Like I said before, you don’t want to push a player up just because, like right now at this very moment, it looks like a perceived need. So you want to take him at the right spot.”

He’s right. There’s a balance regarding when a given player should be selected, given the various other needs that can be addressed with draft picks. There’s also a belief that, once Tom Brady activates the Gronk signal, the big lug will be back, with bells on.

Thus, don’t expect Gronk to declare his intention to return simply to keep the Bucs from filling his seat. His seat will still be there, whenever he wants it. Brady will make sure of that.

6 responses to “Will the Buccaneers draft Rob Gronkowski’s replacement?

  1. Gronk isn’t a long term solution for Tampa either way so you are looking at replacing his production for 2022. no rookie is going to do that, they would need to trade for a Veteran, if you’re drafting a TE it’s for the future not to replace Gronk but for life after Tom leaves anyway

  2. Clearly Gronk doesn’t have much left. They’d be foolish not to draft a tight end regardless of whether or not they can get a veteran

  3. That’s why I didn’t like the decision of letting O.J Howard walk away given the price Buffalo ended paying for him, Tampa could had keep him at that price.

  4. gor3hound says:
    April 20, 2022 at 1:26 pm
    That’s why I didn’t like the decision of letting O.J Howard walk away given the price Buffalo ended paying for him, Tampa could had keep him at that price

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    I was thinking the same thing. Good player with plenty of miles left in the tank

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