Gronk Says He’d Be Excited To Play For … The Bengals

February 8th, 2022

C’mon, Gronk!

Joe is ready to vomit.

The Buccaneers’ Hall of Fame tight end will be a free agent next month (it’s not Cameron Brate) and he was asked about his next quarterback now that Tom Brady has hung up his cleats.

Rob Gronkowski’s reply during a Super Bowl week interview for an autograph company didn’t include the names Kyle Trask or Blaine Gabbert, or even trade-available Jimmy Garoppolo.

“I kinda like this young buck quarterback. He’s in the Super Bowl now: It’s Joe Burrow, man,” Gronkowski said, as transcribed by’s Chris Mason. “I watched him in college. I just love the way he presents himself out on the football field. In the pocket he’s just so calm and he just slings it out on the field.

“I just love his swag, too. If I had to pick a quarterback it’d be the young buck Joe Burrow. He’s killing it right now in the game.”

Man, that sure sounds like Gronk is feeling like a guy no longer in a Bucs uniform.

What a depressing night at world headquarters. Hopefully that’s just Gronk manufacturing a little leverage for his next chat with the Bucs’ front office.

37 Responses to “Gronk Says He’d Be Excited To Play For … The Bengals”

  1. stpetebucsfan Says:

    If Gronk is smart he’ll walk away. His body is beaten to a pulp. How many concussions do we suppose he’s had in his career.

    There is NOTHING left for him to prove and he needs to find a better way to get his athletic fix than pro football.

  2. Vsyl Says:

    Well, for sure nobody was hoping he would say gabbert or trask. Come on. If he said that it would feel like Arians was pointing a gun in his head behind cameras.

  3. steele Says:

    The media is overhyping everything, amplifying every word and phrase. From every Brady rumor to this. I think this comment is just part of Super Bowl hype.

  4. Nano107 Says:

    Gronk gave us 2yrs was stunned by that
    He’ll hang it up

  5. steele Says:

    Given the success of Mac Jones in NE, Jarrett Stidham is looking more and more like a trade chip, unless he willingly retreats into a pure backup role. He had back and shoulder surgery, but prior to that, he was being groomed and did spend time with TB12 himself. Stidham is as mysterious to analyze as Trask, and both have not had much game experience.

  6. Pewter Power Says:

    It’s an honest answer and fitting considering it’s super bowl week. If he mentioned Blaine Gabbert or Trask everyone would be calling him a liar right now

  7. sasquatch Says:

    What was the exact question?

    Did they ask him what his free agent intentions are?

    I don’t see anything here to be annoyed with until I see the exact wording of the question.

  8. Defense Rules Says:

    The only reason Gronk signed on with the Bucs was because of Brady. Did anyone seriously believe that he’d re-sign with the Bucs after Brady retired?

  9. Tim Says:

    We all knew he wasn’t going to stay past when Tom was here, so if he decides to keep going somewhere else, I’d just say the same thing as what I say to Tom. Thank you for helping us get another Super Bowl, good luck.

    This does bring me back to what I’ve been saying. We need a plan for our TE position. Gronk is gone, OJ is gone, and Brate is a shell of what he used to be. There are a few decent TE’s coming out of college that would be worth taking in the draft. I’m sure Licht and his boys have a plan for that. It’ll be interesting to see what they do with that.

  10. Bqen green Says:

    Gronk will play for the Jags if they pay him 14million. stpete, Ben couldn’t agree more. Ben has been front row center for many of the hits you speak of. Ben thought he was dead after the TJ ward hit. He was in the hospital for nearly a week following. Most ACL injuries are non contact. Gronk not only suffered a contact knee shredding, but also had a severe concussion, and a separated shoulder to boot. The man has saved nearly every dollar he has earned playing. Just been living off the interest from endorsements. Hang it up, or he’ll end up like Earl Campbell. It’s incredibly hard to turn that kinda money down though. For Christ sake, Ben’s wife had to convince him not to play, and that was only for 1.5

  11. PassingThru Says:

    There really isn’t sufficient cap space to re-sign Gronk. He shouldn’t be a priority, not at his age, and not with an unproven QB at the helm.

    Cincinnati makes more sense. They have a ton of cap available cap space and Burrow, who is the best young QB in the league. I think in just a few years people will talk about him being the generational talent, not Allen or Mahomes. Gronk would help anchor the best young receiving targets in the league, and provide much-needed pass protection for Burrow.

  12. Leda Says:

    Gronk is a joker lol

  13. Bqen green Says:

    The cap is crap. No sane organization would pay him the real dollars to make it worth his while. He’s what, thirty two? Time to put him out to stud. When healthy and in his prime, he was the most unstoppable force the league has ever seen. The greatest pass catching, and top five blocking tight end of all time.

  14. Dking Says:

    A rEal RoCk StAr Gm CoUlD lOck HiM iN bY SiGnIng AmErIcAs Qb WhEn ThE fReE aGeNcY bElL rInGs

  15. Scooter Says:

    Stidham couldn’t beat out cam Newton.

  16. Posey99 Says:

    He’s the same age as Travis Kelce and like 11 years younger the Brady. Doubt he goes to a cold weather state and leaves Florida where his family lives.

  17. New England Patriots Fan Says:

    Gronk is closer to retirement than Tom. Every time he steps on the field I am in awe he is still playing. There may not be player in the NFL in the past 10 years which went through more than him with injury’s but was able to continue playing, most players career wouldve ended or their play drop off so they are cut. Because his talent level was so high, it was always worth getting him back in the game, even hurt, in a bionic suit, rib cage protector, special gloves, something he looked like robo cop but he still made the tuddies and the pass protection

  18. Posey99 Says:

    I’d guess he stays in Tampa and plays or retires and stays in Tampa. Where his restaurant is. By the way if you’ve never been to rocca its phenomenal

  19. New England Patriots Fan Says:

    Gronk like Chris Godwin or any top tier FA agent weapon will want to sign where a great QB is, as they will be paid wherever they sign. It is why Tampa should be mortgaging the future to get a great QB.

  20. Adrnagy Says:

    Move on from gronk. Hes dropping too many balls. No more $9-10m a yr.

  21. Adrnagy Says:

    I rather sign Njoku. Trade brate. And pick up two more young TE that can block. With the $9-10m.

  22. adam from ny Says:

    njoku is another big disappointing draft pick for an early pick…

    wtf…not here in tpa

  23. Craig Says:

    I think that AB thing went a lot deeper than anyone is telling us. Brady seemed p.o.d about it, maybe the boys and BA weren’t getting along real good.

  24. Swampbuc Says:

    Thanks, Todd!

  25. Swampbuc Says:

    In truth this is what should be expected from a team with mercenaries. Why wouldn’t Gronk say that? He knows the Bucs options as well as we do. If Tom doesn’t unretire, we’re looking at Buttwater or worse —. And if we have to trade pics and salary cap space for Wilson etc then Gronk is probably unaffordable in the priority chain.

    No Tom, no Gronk. Easy to see.

    Thanks, Todd and Horsefaced Commandant

  26. adam from ny Says:

    here we have gronky using reverse psychology on tommy…

    tommy is reading this and be like:

    “yo giselle this mofo is trying to defect to the bungles…wtf giselle wtf…i’m his friggin quarterback…i’m his friggin qb…there ain’t no tommy and gronky show in ohio!..giselle i’m texting this mofo right now”


  27. August 1976 Buc Says:

    Whatever Gronk chooses, so be it.
    The Bucs or another team, so be it, he owes no one anything.
    Thx Rob for helping the Bucs win a Championship.
    Thankful you suited up for the Bucs.

    GO BUCS!!!!

  28. Rod Munch Says:

    Gronk isn’t playing again.

    In any case the Bucs don’t own his rights, like they do for Brady, so they can’t do anything about it. But it just sounds like someone saying the generic, “I’d love to play for xxx”…

  29. Bucschamp Says:

    Tommy feels insulted with the young QB comment he will now unretire and play 5 more years

  30. steele Says:

    Scooter, Stidham got back and shoulder injuries, and didn’t really get to compete.
    Cam was a stupid band aid filler by Belichick and McDaniels, and it mired them in mediocrity, and they regretted it. That’s why Mac Jones.

  31. HC Grover Says:

    From Brady/Gronk to Gabbert/Howard. The Bucco era is here.

  32. JVZ Says:

    What about Gronk?

    Just ask @Leda;. He has all the brains when it comes to Gronk!

    “Can we say “moron boys and girls?”

  33. Alanbucsfan Says:

    Gronk knows greatness when he sees it…
    He’ll know if Brady’s coming back or not and Burrow is the next best choice.

  34. SB~LV Says:

    Gronk is toast without Brady and their instant same page eyeball communication
    Besides that he is a lumbering old man

  35. Mike Johnson Says:

    You see Buc fans, Even Gronk knowin whats comin with the Bucs. He knows we need to get an experienced QB in here to win. He is going the way of Suh..hired gun for the best cash offer. And I cannot blame him.

  36. Wesley Says:

    He’s just talkin.

  37. Eigie Says:

    Two things I thought when Gronk said that. First, the reply was in the line of QB starters in the current season. Trask & Gabbert may not even get to start, so why even consider them? As for Jimmy G from whom he got a TD… well, he’s most likely unimpressed because ‘Brady is his QB’. Let me also add, that would also scratch Stafford who was the Lions’ QB at that time.
    That brings me to why Burrow then. Gronk is a Brady guy. The Brady type is cerebral who stays in the pocket. Mobile QBs are hard to block for and makes the Oline’s job difficult thus making a blocking TE’s work harder as well. And although I believe that the podcast was just trying to deflect attention from Brady to the upcoming SB by having Burrow there, there’s a possibility that the young stud got Brady to feel the game is in good hands too which made him quickly decide retirement.