Rob Gronkowski
TE FA
Tue 6/21/22 2:23 PM3 Comments

Gronkowski announced his retirement Tuesday, NFL reporter Jordan Schultz reports.
EDGE Analysis
After missing the 2019 season, Gronkowski reunited with Tom Brady in Tampa Bay and totaled 100 receptions for 1,425 yards and 13 touchdowns during his final two campaigns. He contemplated returning for another year, but he's opted to hang up the cleats. The superstar tight end won four Super Bowls during his 11-year career and will likely be a future first ballot Hall of Famer.

Rob Gronkowski
TE FA
Sun 6/5/22 11:18 AM

Though Gronkowski remains a free agent, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times suggests that the Buccaneers are optimistic the tight end will re-sign with the team sometime before training camp.
EDGE Analysis
In any case, while Gronkowski's NFL future is on hold, he won't be a part of Tampa Bay's full squad workouts June 7-9. For now, the team's tight end corps remains headed by Cameron Brate, and while the Bucs doubled down in April's draft by taking Cade Otton (106th overall) and Ko Kieft (218th overall), if Gronkowski does return to the mix, he'd reclaim his role as the team's top pass catcher at the position and remain on the fantasy radar, given his well established rapport with QB Tom Brady. In 12 games last season, the 33-year-old caught 55 of his 89 targets for 802 yards and six TDs.

Rob Gronkowski
TE FA
Tue 4/5/22 12:03 PM

At this stage, Gronkowski isn't ready to commit to playing this coming season, ESPN.com and NFL.com relay.
EDGE Analysis
There's been plenty of speculation regarding Gronkowski's playing status since QB Tom Brady unretired, but for now the 32-year-old continues to mull his options ahead of the 2022 season. As the NFL Draft approaches, Tampa Bay's top tight end option is Cameron Brate, with Codey McElroy also under contract with the team. In any case, the Buccaneers will no doubt add depth at the position, but GM Jason Licht has made it clear that Gronkowski, an unrestricted free agent, would be welcomed back "with open arms" should he elect to continue his playing career. This past season, Gronkowski caught 55 of his 89 targets for 802 yards and six TDs in 12 games.

Rob Gronkowski
TE FA
Thu 3/24/22 12:20 PM

Gronkowski remains a candidate to return to the Buccaneers, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.
EDGE Analysis
In the wake of QB Tom Brady's retirement, which turned out to be temporary, there was speculation that Gronkowski -- a Western New York native -- might consider signing with the Bills. Since then, however, Brady unretired, and Buffalo signed O.J. Howard, who spent the first five seasons of his career in Tampa Bay. For now, the Bucs' top tight end option is Cameron Brate, but Greg Auman of The Athletic relays that Gronkowski has suggested that there's "a very good chance" he'll be back with the team in 2022. In 12 games last season, Gronkowski hauled in 55 of his 89 targets for 802 yards and six TDs, and if the 32-year-old does end up re-signing, he'll remain on the fantasy radar given his well established rapport with Brady.

Rob Gronkowski
TE FA
Wed 3/2/22 4:14 PM

The Bills are reportedly open to the possibility of signing Gronkowski this offseason, Tim Graham of The Athletic reports.
EDGE Analysis
The report notes that Gronkowski and the Bills spoke last spring, but the tight end ultimately stayed with Tampa Bay on a one-year deal to continue playing with QB Tom Brady. Now that Brady has retired, Graham suggests that the Amherst, N.Y., native may be willing to finish his career in Western New York. If such a scenario interests Gronkowski, who turns 33 in May, he'd be a candidate to bolster a Buffalo tight end corps that already includes the ascending Dawson Knox, who logged a 49/587/9 stat line in 15 games last season.

Rob Gronkowski
TE FA
Mon 1/24/22 11:43 AM

Gronkowski said he'd consider returning to the Buccaneers even if QB Tom Brady were to retire, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
EDGE Analysis
While he's more likely to stick around if Brady does the same, Gronkowski wasn't ready to rule out any offseason possibilities when he met with the media Monday morning, less than 24 hours after a 30-27 loss to the Rams. The veteran QB and TE figure to take at least a few weeks before making any decisions, and it's a safe bet they'll talk with each other even if they end up making different plans for the future. Brady is signed with Tampa through 2022, while Gronkowski will become a free agent in mid-March unless he retires or signs a new contract with the Bucs first.

Rob Gronkowski
TE FA
Sun 1/23/22 7:25 PM

Gronkowski secured four of 11 targets for 85 yards during the Buccaneers' 30-27 loss to the Rams in their NFC divisional-round matchup Sunday.
EDGE Analysis
Tom Brady had trouble connecting downfield consistently against an aggressive Rams defense, which was reflected in Gronkowski's sub-par catch rate. Brady's one interception even came on a pass intended for his long-time teammate, but Gronkowski also delivered an impressive 42-yard reception with just over five minutes remaining in the third quarter to set up a Ryan Succop field goal. Gronkowski's yardage total checked in second on the afternoon for the Buccaneers and was his third of greater than 80 in the last four games. The 32-year-old has been effective for the Buccaneers over the last two seasons following his return from a one-year sabbatical from the NFL, but his decision on whether to return in 2022 may very well hinge on Brady's plans regarding his future.

Rob Gronkowski
TE FA
Sun 1/16/22 4:42 PM

Gronkowski brought in five of seven targets for 31 yards and a touchdown during the Buccaneers' 31-15 win over the Eagles in an NFC wild-card matchup Sunday.
EDGE Analysis
Gronkowski drew even with the returning Giovani Bernard for second on the team in receptions on the afternoon and recorded a two-yard scoring grab midway through the third quarter to extend the Buccaneers' lead to 24-0 at the time. The veteran tight end should have a chance to remain as heavily involved as he was Sunday, at minimum, for the duration of the postseason considering the short-handed state of the team's pass-catching corps. Gronkowski's next opportunity to build on a prolific playoff connection with Tom Brady comes next weekend in a divisional-round clash versus either the Rams or the Cardinals.

Rob Gronkowski
TE FA
Sun 1/9/22 8:11 PM

Gronkowski secured seven of 10 targets for 137 yards in the Buccaneers' 41-17 win over the Panthers on Sunday.
EDGE Analysis
Gronkowski paced the Buccaneers in receptions, receiving yards and targets while posting his second straight 100-yard effort to close out the campaign. The legendary tight end takes on even more importance to Tom Brady with Antonio Brown no longer on the roster, and he figures to play a prominent role once again in next weekend's wild-card game against an Eagles team he didn't get to face due to injury back in Week 6.

Rob Gronkowski
TE FA
Sun 1/2/22 6:19 PM

Gronkowski secured seven of 10 targets for 115 yards in the Buccaneers' 28-24 win over the Jets on Sunday.
EDGE Analysis
Facing a defense that had been generous to tight ends all season long, Gronkowski capitalized with his second-best yardage total of the season and second 100-yard effort as well. The veteran tight end's reemergence was very timely for fantasy managers after he'd posted a combined 3-52 line on 13 targets over the last two games. Given Antonio Brown's pending release after he abruptly left the sideline mid-game Sunday, Gronkowski could be in for another sizeable role in the Week 18 finale against the Panthers.