Report: Bucs remain confident they will re-sign Rob Gronkowski before camp

Rob Gronkowski's Gronk Beach Las Vegas At Encore Beach Club At Wynn Las Vegas
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The Buccaneers remain confident of re-signing Rob Gronkowski, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports, but the tight end won’t sign before the mandatory minicamp this week. Instead, he will continue to enjoy his offseason.

The Bucs are giving Gronkowski the space he needs as he decides whether to continue playing. He is a free agent but has said he will only play for the Bucs if he does return.

Tom Brady recently posted video of Gronkowski shagging fly balls at the Yankees facililty across the street from Raymond James Stadium. The two likely worked out together.

The Bucs and Gronkowski will have to negotiate a new contract if he indeed returns. He earned base salaries of $9.25 million and $8 million with the team the past two seasons. He also reached $1 million in incentives last year.

San Francisco’s George Kittle averages $15 million a year, and Kansas City’s Travis Kelce, Philadelphia’s Dallas Goedert and Baltimore’s Mark Andrews all average more than $14 million per season.

The Bucs have $12.167 million in cap space left, per overthecap.com.

They have used voidable years in recent signings, allowing them to lower the cap hit for this season, and likely would for a deal with Gronkowski as well.

Tampa Bay drafted Washington’s Cade Otton and Minnesota’s Ko Kieft to go with Cam Brate, and, they hope, Gronkowski.

11 responses to “Report: Bucs remain confident they will re-sign Rob Gronkowski before camp

  1. 100% Gronk will be back. He’s already said he only needs two weeks to get ready for the season. No need to sign a contract now.

  2. Non-issue. Really they should just sign the guy for the last 7 regular season games. No need to rush him out. He knows the drill. Gronk run. Gronk block. Gronk catch touchdown. He’ll be just fine.

  3. Watch his games last year towards the end of the season, he got nothing left in the tank.

    Been a great run dude needs to re-retire. Canton awaits.

  4. Gronk has to play for less because he’s operating as a shell of his former self, and h knows it, which is why he agrees to these embarrassing contracts.

  5. For a lousy $10 million how can anyone expect anything more than the bare minimum effort? No one is giving anything extra for that kind of chump change. Show up as late as possible. Do as little as possible. It’s the American way.

  6. Bucs were also confident that they were going to win the super bowl last year and then they got Cooper Kupp’ed.

  7. Watch his games last year towards the end of the season, he got nothing left in the tank.
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    He was the best TE in football for almost half of last season.

  8. maverick says:
    June 6, 2022 at 7:55 am
    Bucs were also confident that they were going to win the super bowl last year

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    So is every team when the season starts. Playoff teams believe this right up until the end. At least they should

  9. Gronk see ball. Gronk catch ball. Gronk run over little people till whistle blow.

    I love the Gronk!

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