Former NFL govt Mike Tannenbaum was lately a visitor on ESPN’s Get Up program and was requested concerning the possibilities of retired tight finish Rob Gronkowski returning to the Bucs this season. Tannenbaum, who labored in NFL entrance places of work for over twenty years, together with 16 years with the New York Jets, mentioned that Bucs quarterback Tom Brady will get Gronk to return again throughout the 2022 season.
“A hundred percent he comes again,” Tannebaum mentioned. “Tom Brady – when he says, ‘Go’ [Gronk] says, ‘Sure – how briskly and the way excessive?’
“Look, they don’t want Gronk for 17 video games, guys. They want Gronk for consequential moments – third down, purple zone coming down the stretch. Possibly it’s 15 performs per recreation.”
Gronkowski introduced his retirement for the second time on June 21. He beforehand retired earlier than the 2019 season, however returned in 2020 when Brady signed with the Bucs in free company. Gronkowski caught two touchdowns in serving to the Bucs win Tremendous Bowl LV that season.
Is Gronk Merely Avoiding Coaching Camp?
Tannenbaum speculates that a part of the rationale the 33-year outdated Gronkowski has not re-signed with the Bucs but is in order that he can miss coaching camp.
“Plenty of veterans don’t like coaching camp,” Tannenbaum mentioned. “Gronk doesn’t want it, however we want high quality performs, not amount performs. He could possibly be the distinction between them beating the Rams down the stretch.
“So, when Tom Brady says, ‘Hey, Gronk, it’s time to go,’ I’ve little question in my thoughts that he’ll be a Buccaneer.”
Throughout Tannenbaum’s look on Get Up, ESPN put up an attention-grabbing graphic. It confirmed that Brady has thrown 48 touchdowns and no interceptions within the purple zone when Gronkowski is on the sphere. Not all of these landing passes went to Gronkowski, however 13 out of his 16 landing receptions have come from Brady within the purple zone.
“I believe this crew is loaded, and Gronk down the stretch solely makes them that a lot better,” Tannenbaum mentioned.