Being a Tremendous Bowl champion is nothing new to Rob Gronkowski because the legendary tight finish already had three rings to flash previous to his Tampa Bay Buccaneers now profitable Tremendous Bowl LV to present him a fourth. What is about to turn into new for him, nevertheless, is his looming free-agent standing. For the primary time in his profession, Gronkowski is about to hit the open market firstly of the brand new league yr in 2021 and whereas he might dip his toes within the free-agent waters, it certain feels like he is aiming for a return to Tampa Bay.
“I will stay unretired,” Gronkowski instructed reporters after his two-touchdown efficiency in Tremendous Bowl LV. “I am a free agent. It is the primary time in my profession that I am a free agent. … I undoubtedly see myself coming again. … I do not see why I will not be again.”
This is not the primary time that Gronkowski has pointed to his want to return in 2021 and to the Buccaneers. Again in mid-January, he instructed the NFL Community that he was leaning towards a return subsequent season and, regardless of his free-agent standing, appeared to imagine he’ll be with Tampa Bay. In fact, when a crew wins a Tremendous Bowl, nevertheless, there could possibly be a want to exit on prime once more, which is why Gronkowski’s newest statements confirming his needs to play past this season are noteworthy.
Gronkowski retired following his former Patriots crew profitable Tremendous Bowl LIII however got here again out of retirement to hitch Tom Brady down in Tampa Bay. Given the sturdy connection between these two, it does appear unlikely that he’d need to construct up a rapport with one other quarterback elsewhere within the NFL. Not solely that, however the Buccaneers could have a wholesome quantity of cap house to convey the tight finish again and he’ll seemingly be seeking to repeat as Tampa Bay seems to be to defend its title in 2021.
“It is fingers down one of many best accomplishments in sports activities historical past,” Gronkowski stated when requested about profitable this Tremendous Bowl in his and Brady’s first season with the Buccaneers. “I do not know if it is the best, however I’d say it is up there for certain. To return down right here to Tampa, to come back to a company that was able to win, come down right here with the gamers — they’re all implausible gamers, nice guys, simply everybody general. I imply, the story is simply unbelievable. It undoubtedly ranks up there as one in all my greatest accomplishments ever.”
Gronkowski led all Buccaneers receivers with six catches for 67 yards and two touchdowns within the 31-9 win over Kansas Metropolis. The tight finish’s first landing of the day — an eight-yard display delivered by Tom Brady — broke the tie he and Brady shared with Joe Montana and Jerry Rice (12) for essentially the most playoff touchdowns by any QB-receiver combo. As they proceed to interrupt data and win Tremendous Bowls, it seems to be like these two all-time greats will proceed to be a headache for opposing defenses for a short while longer.