James Harrison claims Buccaneers’ Rob Gronkowski planned comeback a long time ago
However, former Pittsburgh Steelers star James Harrison claims he wasn’t shocked at all about the move to the Buccaneers. According to TMZ, Harrison knew Gronkowski was going to make a return to the NFL since November 2019. Six months ago, Harrison and Gronkowski filmed a TV ad together, and he said he could tell that Gronkowski was eyeing a return to the NFL.
“I knew then that he was going to come back,” Harrison told TMZ. “He was talking about it. He was itching then. He was feeling a lot better.”
Harrison also said that taking the 2019 NFL campaign off allowed Gronkowski’s body to heal up. Although Harrison knew Gronkowski was going to come out of retirement, he didn’t know that he was going to sign with the Buccaneers.
“Tom [Brady] wasn’t there at the time, but once he got there it was like, ‘Yeah, it makes sense,” Harrison said.
If it weren’t for Brady signing with the Buccaneers, Gronkowski most likely wouldn’t haven’t returned to the NFL. The 30-year-old has claimed that he wouldn’t play for another quarterback in the league besides Brady.
Gronkowski retired from the NFL after the 2018 campaign; however, he became interested in making a return once Brady signed with the Buccaneers. Gronkowski has one year and $9 million remaining on his contract. With the league’s best receiver tandem on the outside with Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, the Buccaneers have emerged as one of the top offenses in the league.