The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Divisional Round loss to the Los Angeles Rams didn’t just end their season, it opened up the floodgates to rumors and speculation about who would be returning to the team. The two biggest names with cloudy futures are quarterback Tom Brady and tight end Rob Gronkowski, who are both seemingly undecided at the time, though the star tight end indicated he would consider returning even if his former New England Patriots teammate called it quits. On Monday, Gronkowski sent out a tweet hinting at a return over retirement.
Year 11 in the books 📚 What a ride it’s been. Grateful to the Bucs for giving me an opportunity to play another year. To my teammates, thank you for giving everything you had. The sweat we shed & memories made will never be forgotten. Thanks to the #Krewe too 🏴☠️
Year 12??? 👀
— Rob Gronkowski (@RobGronkowski) January 25, 2022
Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski thanked the franchise for giving him the opportunity to play for them, then thanked his teammates, who he “shed sweat and made memories with” this season. It’s a classy message from Gronk.
However, the bombshell came at the end, where the Buccaneers star wrote “Year 12” with a wide-eyed emoji. Nothing is set in stone of course but it sure sounds like Gronkowski’s retirement plans should be put on hold for a possible return next season.
The Buccaneers star certainly doesn’t sound like a man who wants to hang up the cleats, though it would be wise for him to rest his body after the beating it took this year.
While Rob Gronkowski has yet to make an official decision on his future, he sure sounds like he’s more excited about a return than retirement with this tweet.