Buccaneers’ Evans Isn’t Buying a Gronk Return: “I Think He’s Done”


Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ tight end Rob Gronkowski decided to retire last month. Although some people are not convinced that he is hanging up the cleats once more because he has done it before. In fact, Gronk’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said in an interview with ESPN that he wouldn’t be surprised if Tom Brady calls in the midst of the 2022 or 2023 season and Gronk decides to play again.

His former Tampa Bay Buccaneers teammates are better able to understand Gronk’s mentality than anyone else. Mike Evans recently referred to him as “the best tight end ever” and expressed his belief that the offense will miss him. He does think Gronk has finished playing football, though.

“I hope he comes back,” Evans said on KPRC2. “With Tom and Gronk you never know. I wouldn’t be mad if he came back, I’d be excited. But I think he’s done. He plays the tight end position with max effort, he takes a pretty big beating and I’ve seen his body after some of the games and I understand why (he retired).”

Gronkowski will be in Canton in five years if this is actually it for him. No one has more NFL touchdown receptions from Tom Brady than Gronk, and the two also have the second-most touchdown connections (including postseason) in NFL history. In terms of receiving touchdowns (92), yards (9,286), and catches (621), Gronk ranks third among all tight ends who have ever played in the NFL.

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