Rob Gronkowski Hints He'd Play With Joe Burrow Since Tom Brady is Retired.

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Rob Gronkowski was one of the many gifts that Tom Brady gave the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but Brady has seemingly retired - although he recently hinted that he'd "never say never" to a comeback.

Still, Gronkowski's been clear about his loyalty to Tom Brady, with whom he played his entire career.

Gronk has Said He'll Only Play for Tom:

Here's a 2020 Tweet from Adam Schefter of ESPN reporting that Gronk said he would retire before playing with any quarterback other than Tom Brady:

Speculation about Gronk's Retirement:

Since Brady officially retired, rumors have swirled that Gronk would be next.

As recently as a couple of weeks ago, Gronk admitted he'd opt to retire if he had to decide immediately, but also said he needed more time to heal and reflect.

Update: In an interview with People Magazine published on February 10, 2022, Gronk said that at this time, that answer would still be no.

Gronk will be a free agent in March. And he's recently joked about how he fooled the Buccaneers into thinking he was doing off-season workouts when he definitely was not.

Here's a funny Tweet from the Checkdown about that:

Gronk Drops Hints about Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals:

It is somewhat surprising that, in a question and answering session for Autograph NFT's, Gronk freely admitted that if he "had to pick," he'd want Joe Burrow as his quarterback.

To be fair, Gronkowski was specifically asked who he'd want to play with now, after Brady's retirement.

His answer?:

"It's Joe Burrow, man. I watched him in college. I just love the way he presents himself out on the football field. In the pocket, he’s just so calm and he just slings it out on the field. I just love his swag, too. If I had to pick a quarterback it’d be the young buck Joe Burrow. He’s killing it right now in the game.”

The Bengals Appear to Have the Money:

If this seems far-fetched, it's not because of money.

The Bengals have plenty of cap space, and none of their tight ends have put up numbers as impressive as Gronk's.

This year he caught 55 passes for 802 yards.

The Buccaneers Haven't Said Much Yet:

For their part, the Bucs haven't spoken much about Gronk's status.

The Buccaneers' General Manager, Jason Licht, would be in the best position to know of Gronk's intentions.

And all Licht has said is that the Bucs want to give Gronk the time and space to decide.

Licht also said that he doesn't believe any decision by Gronk to stay with the Buccaneers is dependent on Tom Brady remaining a Buccaneer.

Update: In an article dated February 10, 2022 in People magazine, Gronk may have hinted that he now has more "options" since Brady retired. He said:

"We were an incredible team. We were an incredible combo. We had incredible chemistry over the last 12 years. So with him not playing anymore, it kind of opens up my options because when we were playing together, it just made a lot of sense. We had a great connection, chemistry, everything was there and we wanted to play with each other while he was still playing and while I was still playing."

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