Gronk Says He’s Not Sure About Playing In 2021

October 28th, 2020

Future Hall of Fame tight end Rob Gronkowski has been ballin’ this month like it’s the old days.

But today the 31-year-old said he’s unsure if he’s had enough of a football rebirth to play again next year.

Gronk talked to media today about Tom Brady telling him for a long time that he’d keep playing at a high level as long as he was putting on a jersey. And Gronk acknowledged that his 43-year-old buddy’s play has exhibited zero dropoff since the two met 10 years ago.

So Joe asked Gronk if he personally had realized after seven games that he wants to stay in the NFL for 2021 and beyond.

Gronk replied that he’s not thinking about the future and hasn’t made any decision. He added that he just returned from retiring following the 2018 season and it was too soon for him to make a decision. Yeah, Joe was hoping Gronk was going to say something like, ‘I’m back, baby. Sign me up for a few more years.’ But fun-loving Gronk instead got serious in a hurry.

For Joe, that just further magnifies the Bucs’ all-in approach for 2020: floor it and hope for February ecstasy.

29 Responses to “Gronk Says He’s Not Sure About Playing In 2021”

  1. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Unless he will play for about $4 mil or less…….he probably won’t get a call from the Bucs…..

    Is he worth more, sure…..but we simply won’t have the money to bring back all players…….

    My suggestion is to draft a OT and save the $14.2 salary from D. Smith……
    We’ll probably be able to get Shaq on a longer term deal near $10-12 mil per year (JPP type $$$….

    Doubt we’ll have money for Godwin, LVD, Suh, JPP…

    Another luxury is Fournette…..he’ll want a lot more next year.

  2. Swampbuc Says:

    That’s the only sane answer he could give, that way he doesn’t have to walk anything back. He doesn’t know how he’ll feel after 9 more games plus (hopefully) more in the winter.

  3. adam from ny Says:

    watch how brady and gronk will be tied at the hip…

    gronk will play with brady, or no where at all

  4. Iamabuc Says:

    I believe that after a good off-season, some rest and Tommy coming back; we’ll again hear his old “I’m back, baby!!”…. hopefully….fingers crossed…Yes, he’s a little banged up, but he’s not old. I believe he can still do this for a couple of more years. He’s one of the toughest guys I’ve seen.

  5. Mitch Says:

    After seeing the video his family sent him on YouTube I’d say the odds of him coming back are about 50/50. It mostly depends on his body and health.

  6. August 1976 Buc Says:

    Pain, is a HUGE factor in his decision making. We all know about how he had to be carried to the bathroom while partying after NE won the Super Bowl against the Rams. He was spent according to him when he walked away. So we will see his level of pain tolerance. You know he already has somes nicks like most players by the mid-point of the season. GO BUCS!!!!!!!

  7. 813bucboi Says:

    just enjoy the ride….

    GO BUCS!!!!!

  8. Bucsfanman Says:

    Agreed 813. It’s entirely up to him anyway.
    If he wants to play, he’ll find a home. I would WANT him here.

  9. DoooshLaRue Says:

    Good work Joe.

  10. Anonymous Says:

    Well there’s more work for Gronkowski to do THIS year. Adding another WR (Brown) will probably mean we will play with one less TE. OJ Howard is out for the year and I think Brate is not particularly a favorite of Brady. Gronk time to shine!


    Well, there is more work for Gronkowski to do THIS year. With Brown on the roster we will probably play with one less tight end and Brate does not appear to be a favorite target for Brady. Scotty Miller will remain….he’s not going anywhere!!

  12. TOM Says:

    Let lazy ass D Smith walk or better yey run. Resign Gronk if of course he wants to play another year. To save more cap space trade OJ or Brate. Probably Brate before OJ. Keep Auclair & Hudson. TE position solved. Draft OT in 1st rd. Trade Griffin or Gabbert & promote Rosen. See what he’s got & if he could be heir to Brady’s job. After all he was a 1st rd. pick.

  13. ModHairKen Says:

    Let’s just stay focused on this week. Good Christ.

  14. Bucsfan77 Says:

    It’s so nice being in late October talking how we can keep this team as good as it is instead of talking about who we can draft to make a late October push for the next season.

  15. Rod Munch Says:

    One game at a time…

  16. Cobraboy Says:

    Gronkerizer translation device: “One game and season at a time, baby!”

  17. crazyBucs_CL Says:

    we got nothing on our hands yet, just a 5-2, and on most of threads we get “advice” how to manage the Glazers money for 2021 so we can “win” SB AGAIN…
    Typical reaction of hungry folks, that being fed in the present, can’t enjoy… but think how to manage the future, forgetting that the present just started and we are in the middle of it…

  18. PSL Bob Says:

    I agree with Adam from NY. If Brady is back next year, so is Gronk. I wonder what will motivate Brady more, making the playoffs but not making it to the SB, or winning the SB? Which would make him more likely to return? The same goes for Arians. If Arians doesn’t return next year, would Brady want to play another year? In both Brady’s and Gronk’s cases, when they leave the Bucs, they’re leaving football altogether.

  19. Dp4life22 Says:

    Gronk takes this method of thinking every year if you follow him with pats. He always evaluated things at end of season so let’s not make this a big story when it’s a Gronk norm.

  20. orlbucfan Says:

    He is retired with plenty of $$. He did it for Methuselah. Next year, nada. Cos he sure doesn’t need the cash.

  21. Allbuccedup Says:

    Bucs cap space probably won’t allow unless he plays for peanuts. I believe hes all in this year and thats it. But then again you never know.

  22. EA Says:

    You asked the wrong guy joe, next time ask Tom Brady if gronk is coming back next season..

  23. Boston Boy Says:

    Putting the pedal to the metal captain

  24. Boston Boy Says:

    Enjoy the ride Gronk. I sure am.

  25. Boston Boy Says:

    Bucsfan77 Says:
    October 28th, 2020 at 1:57 pm

    -It’s so nice being in late October talking how we can keep this team as good as it is instead of talking about who we can draft to make a late October push for the next season.-

    Cmon… say it…Playoffs.

  26. Boston Boy Says:

    I pity the N.Y. Pygmies this week. Its gonna get ugly… very ugly.

  27. rrsrq Says:

    Did you see how Gronk got hit Sunday, he ain’t looking for that next year

  28. Pryda...sec147 Says:

    Terrible question imo could have asked that at the end of the season

  29. CalBucsFan Says:

    Hey Joe, any updates on how Howard’s surgery went and I’d he’s rehabbing yet? Really tough break for the young man, just as he was blossoming into quite a threat. Hope you will keep us posted when you hear anything.