Buccaneers TE Rob Gronkowski To Wait Until Offseason To Decide If He’s Playing In 2021

Rob Gronkowski looks like a player who still has plenty of gas left in the tank at age 31, but that doesn’t mean it’s a ‘for sure’ that he’s set to come back and play in 2021.

The tight end stated that he’ll wait about a month after the playoffs to make a final decision if he will return to the gridiron next season.

“It’s just the start of playoffs right now. There’s always a time for that,” Gronkowski said.

Gronkowski has already retired once, back in late March of 2019. At that point there were rumors he was going to get traded to the Detroit Lions, a franchise that Gronk had no interest in playing for.

Instead, the polarizing tight end spent time healing his body, signing a deal with World Wrestling Entertainment and having some fun.

Then after his good buddy Tom Brady inked with Tampa Bay, the two began chatting again, and the tight end was lured to come back.

If Gronkowski does decide he wants to play in 2021, he’ll have to ink a new deal, as he will be an unrestricted free agent.

There’s little question about where Gronkowski would play next season if he does, as there’s no reason for him to play anywhere else other than with his buddy Brady and the Bucs.

2020 was the first time since 2011 that Gronkowski has played in all 16 games, and he’ll have a chance to make an impact this weekend when the Bucs travel to D.C. to take on the Washington Football Team in NFC Wild Card action Saturday night.

Written by Matt Loede

Matt has been a part of the Cleveland Sports landscape working in the media since 1994 when he graduated from broadcasting school. His coverage beats include the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers. He's written three books, and won the "2020 AP Sports Stringer Lifetime Service Award."

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