The stalwarts of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers offense are back for another potential championship run.
Quarterback Tom Brady will return for his 23rd NFL season after initially announcing his retirement.
Meanwhile, they still have Mike Evans after he signed a five-year, $82.5 million deal in 2018.
However, one prominent figure missing on their roster is tight end Rob Gronkowski.
He initially ended his retirement after Brady joined the Buccaneers in 2020.
Together they won Super Bowl LV, which was Brady’s seventh, and Gronkowski’s fourth.
But as of writing, Gronkowski remains a free agent.
To which his long-time teammate reacted, as shared by Buccaneers beat reporter Rick Stroud.
…doing what’s right for him which is trying to figure it out. We don’t have training camp for about six weeks so whatever he’s got to do to figure it out and I think we’ll be hopeful if he does and if he doesn’t we still got to go out there and figure out what to do.
— Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) June 9, 2022
When asked whether Gronkowski will play in 2022, Brady responded, “I think it’s just obviously totally up to him and we’d all obviously love to play with him but he’s got to make the best decision for himself and he knows that.”
The 44-year-old play-caller added, “Anyone who cares about him knows that he’s doing what’s right for him which is trying to figure it out. We don’t have training camp for about six weeks so whatever he’s got to do to figure it out and I think we’ll be hopeful if he does.”
The Buccaneers Are Ready Regardless Of What Happens
If he decides to come back, then it will be just like old times for him and Brady.
They will dedicate themselves to helping the team win and inspire their teammates to play at a high level.
On the contrary, the Buccaneers still have Cameron Brate if Gronkowski doesn’t play this season.
He will take over from Gronk and hope to have more impact on the offense.