Rob Gronkowski watched as Tom Brady retired and left him on the Buccaneers alone. The two have quite a bond as Gronk followed Brady to Tampa from New England, with a fist full of Super Bowl rings in tow. Now Gronk will have to make a decision about his future.
Bucs general manager Jason Licht confirmed that on Tuesday during a live video that he doesn’t anticipate that Gronk will follow Brady into retirement.
“I don’t suspect that. I think that’s yet to be seen. I’m giving Rob the respect to give him some time to see how he feels here,” Licht told the media. “When you played in the league for 11 years, you need a little time to think things through to see if you want to go through with it for another year.”
“From my conversations with Rob, he just needs that,” Licht added. “I don’t think it’s going to be dependent on whether Tom came back or not from what I understand and I know that Rob had an incredible experience here as well. He was a big factor in us having the success that we had. We would welcome Rob back with open arms, but we’re giving him his space right now to decide on what he wants to do.”
Rob Gronkowski himself admitted that he would retire if he had to make the decision at that time. That being said, nobody is making him come to a decision this moment. So, Gronk will likely stick around and play his first season in 11 years without Tom Brady.