Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans will be waiting with bated breath as Tom Brady makes his decision on his NFL future. The 44-year-old Brady is still said to be undecided on whether he will continue playing football in 2022, and his decision could end up having an impact on some other veteran Bucs. While many probably expected Rob Gronkowski's future in Tampa would be tied to Brady, it turns out that's not necessarily the case. According to Greg Auman, Gronk told reporters that he would still consider a return to the Buccaneers if Brady decides to retire.

Gronk refused to rule anything out regarding his future in football, and made clear that even if Brady does decide to call it a career, Gronk's future isn't dependent on the veteran quarterback. After Brady made the game-changing decision to sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers ahead of the 2021 campaign, Gronk soon followed, electing to come out of retirement in order to reunite with his longtime quarterback.

But just because Brady managed to get Gronk back on the football field, doesn't guarantee that his retirement would see the tight end follow suit. Gronk showed this year that he can still compete at an extremely high level, and whether or not Brady returns for another go around in Tampa, Gronk can still be a valuable component of the team's offense.

In 2021, Gronkowski featured in 12 games for the Buccaneers. The 32-year-old hauled in 55 receptions on 89 targets, racking up 802 receiving yards and six touchdown grabs. Across two playoff games, Gronk caught nine passes for 116 yards and a TD.