Rob Gronkowski Addresses Chances of Returning for Tom Brady

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Getty Rob Gronkowski's future with the Buccaneers remains in doubt.

Tom Brady‘s return to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers far from sealed longtime teammate Rob Gronkowski‘s plans for the 2022 season.

“Yes, not the case right now,” Gronkowski told TMZ Sports on Thursday, April 28, before the NFL Draft in Las Vegas. “Just relaxing, enjoying my time. We’ll see.”

After Brady unretired on March 13, Gronkowski teased “there’s a very good chance” he would follow suit when visiting a Tampa area barbershop on March 16. Gronkowski has acted more noncommittal since, including mention of no contract talks with the Bucs yet in an interview with SB Nation.

“We’re actually way farther away from the commitment than I was before to going back to football,” Gronkowski told TMZ Sports.

Gronkowski at least hasn’t quit working out. A photo of him and Tennessee Titans star running back Derrick Henry working out together circulated social media recently.

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GettyRob Gronkowski hasn’t decided if he will do more ‘Gronk Spikes’ this year.

“I’m staying in shape a little bit, so we’ll see if I don’t get too out of shape either. That won’t be good for me,” Gronkowski told TMZ Sports.

Despite missing five games due to injury in 2021, Gronkowski continued a high level of play with 55 catches for 802 yards and six touchdowns.

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Gronk’s Rollercoaster?

Gronkowski said at the barbershop that he will let Brady “have a little scare” since “he just did it to me for a couple months” during his 41-day retirement. If that’s all Gronkowski is doing, he’s taken everyone else along for the ride.

In the TMZ Sports interview, Gronkowski elaborated on his off-field endeavors, particularly his draft party in Las Vegas, as he clearly shifted to a humorous tone about his future. He even teased that his party might inspire a comeback “because somebody is going to throw me a football on stage” during the party.

“You think I’ve thought about football one single time this week? Heck no,” Gronkowski told TMZ Sports. “No chance.”

“Actually, I will be practicing because there will probably be a football up on stage on something,” Gronkowski added. “That’s when I’ll start getting my first practices in.”

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GettyRob Gronkowski makes a clutch catch against Indianapolis in 2021.

“I’ll probably catch it, and be like ‘man, I miss football’ right  in the middle of a party,” Gronkowski continued. “And then I might start running over everyone — my brothers, I might run over them. I would just have everyone try to tackle me. That could be one of the activities that Gronk Beach is trying — to tackle me on stage.”

Gronkowski even joked that the dancing at the party is helping him for football.

“We’re always working on our footwork, and that’s what always got me ready for football,” Gronkowski said. “Like I said, this might be the party that gets me to get back to football because of all the [dance] moves we’re going to be pulling off.”


Where the Bucs Stand With Gronkowski

Bucs general manager Jason Licht plans  to “leave the light on” for Gronkowski as he did  for Brady during his 41-day retirement.

“He knows he’s got a spot here,” Licht said about Gronkowski in an interview with Mad Dog Sports Radio via JoeBucsFan.com in March.

Bucs head coach Todd Bowles said things are “up in the air right now, but I feel OK about it” regarding Gronkowski and fellow free agent Ndamukong Suh on Sunday, April 24. Suh teased once about returning via social media once but hasn’t committed.

“There are still things to work out, and we’ll see what the draft brings, and we’ll keep working with those guys as well,” Bowles added.

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