Jan 16, 2022; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) scores a touchdown  against the Philadelphia Eagles during the second half in a NFC Wild Card playoff football game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Bucs don’t expect Rob Gronkowski to unretire

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers think retired tight end Rob Gronkowski is done with football, ESPN reported Sunday.

Unlike longtime teammate Tom Brady, who is back for a 23rd season after a brief retirement, Gronkowski is not expected to return — not even for a late playoff push.

“The Buccaneers believe that Gronkowski has moved on with his life,” read the ESPN report.

Gronkowski, 33, announced his retirement in June after an 11-year NFL career that included four Super Bowl wins and five Pro Bowl selections.

He spent the first nine seasons of his career with Brady and the New England Patriots (2010-18) before spending two seasons with the Buccaneers (2020-21). He sat out the 2019 season during his first retirement.

In 143 games (128 starts), Gronkowski had 621 receptions for 9,286 yards. He has the third-most touchdowns scored by a tight end in NFL history with 92.

–Field Level Media

Jan 23, 2022; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) runs the ball against Los Angeles Rams cornerback Darious Williams (11) during the second half in a NFC Divisional playoff football game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Pendleton-USA TODAY Sports

Rob Gronkowski’s girlfriend not so sure he’ll stay retired

After Rob Gronkowski announced his retirement for the second time, his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, told ESPN that a return wasn’t out of the question.

Some else in Gronkowski’s orbit isn’t so sure the former tight end is done for good, either.

Camille Kostek, Gronkowski’s girlfriend, said in comments published Monday that she felt as if Gronkowski’s announcement didn’t mean he was walking away from the game forever.

“I think maybe he’ll come back again,” Kostek said prior to the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Runway Show over the weekend. “I feel like him and Tom (Brady) are just having fun, like, ‘retired, not retired, retired, not retired.”’

Gronkowski announced his latest retirement in June over social media. He previously retired after the 2018 season, but came back to play for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2020 after Brady urged him to make a return.

The former second-round pick is a four-time Super Bowl champion and a five-time Pro Bowl selection. He spent the first nine seasons of his career with the New England Patriots before spending two seasons with the Buccaneers.

In 143 career games (128 starts), Gronkowski has 621 receptions for 9,286 yards. He has the third-most touchdowns for a tight end in NFL history with 92.

–Field Level Media

Jan 23, 2022; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) runs the ball against Los Angeles Rams cornerback Darious Williams (11) during the second half in a NFC Divisional playoff football game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Pendleton-USA TODAY Sports

Buccaneers TE Rob Gronkowski pondering future

Rob Gronkowski is pondering whether to continue his playing career or to retire for a second time.

The Tampa Bay tight end said he will see how he feels in a few weeks before deciding whether or not to play for the Buccaneers in 2022.

Gronkowski said his decision will not be reliant on the one quarterback Tom Brady faces. Brady also is considering retirement.

“I’m really going to basically do what’s best for myself in terms of the football world,” Gronkowski said Monday, one day after the Buccaneers ended their season with a 30-27 postseason loss to the Los Angeles Rams. “It’s going to be a decision based upon of where I’m at in a couple weeks.”

Gronkowski, 32, retired once before, walking away from the New England Patriots following the 2018 season. He returned in 2020 after Brady left the Patriots as a free agent and signed with the Buccaneers.

This season, Gronkowski caught 55 passes for 802 yards and six touchdowns. He had four catches for 85 yards in Sunday’s loss to the Rams

Overall, Gronkowski is a five-time Pro Bowl selection and four-time Super Bowl champion. He won three titles during nine seasons with New England (2018-20) and the other during his first season with Tampa Bay.

Gronkowski has 621 career receptions for 9,286 yards and 92 touchdowns in 143 regular-season games. In 22 postseason games, Gronkowski has 98 receptions for 1,389 yards and 15 scores.

–Field Level Media

Oct 14, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown (81) against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Bucs’ Antonio Brown out, Rob Gronkowski questionable vs. Giants

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown has been ruled out for Monday night’s home game against the New York Giants.

Brown hasn’t played since sustaining an ankle injury in Tampa Bay’s 28-22 win over the Philadelphia Eagles on Oct. 14.

While Brown has been ruled out, coach Bruce Arians said Saturday that the “arrow’s trending up” for tight end Rob Gronkowski as well as cornerback Sean-Murphy Bunting.

Gronkowski missed last week’s 29-19 loss to the Washington Football Team after sustaining a back injury in the Buccaneers’ 36-27 setback to the New Orleans Saints on Oct. 31. He’s officially listed as questionable.

Gronkowski, 32, has 16 catches for 184 yards with four touchdowns in four games this season for the Bucs (6-3).

Murphy-Bunting, 24, remains on injured reserve after sustaining a dislocated elbow in Week 1 against the Dallas Cowboys.

Brown, 33, has 29 receptions for 418 yards and four touchdowns in five games this season.

–Field Level Media

Oct 14, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown (81) against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

No timetable for WR Antonio Brown’s (ankle) return

Tampa Bay wide receiver Antonio Brown made an appearance at practice Wednesday on a crutch and coach Bruce Arians said there is no timetable for his return from an ankle sprain.

Arians said the sprain is near Brown’s heel. He was asked if Brown might be able to return after the team’s bye in Week 9.

“Could be after the bye (Nov. 14) or could be a long time,” Arians said. “It’s wait and see.”

However, tight end Rob Gronkowski was back on the practice field in pads amid reports he’ll be ready to play this Sunday. Gronkowski has missed the past four weeks with cracked ribs and a punctured lung. He has 16 catches for 184 yards and four TDs.

Brown missed last Sunday’s game against Chicago after sustaining the injury during the Buccaneers’ victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Oct. 14.

Brown has 29 receptions for 418 yards and four touchdowns.

Also back at practice Wednesday were linebacker Lavonte David (ankle) and Richard Sherman (hamstring). The pair also missed last week’s game.

The Bucs (6-1) play at New Orleans (4-2) on Sunday.

–Field Level Media

Oct 10, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown (81) celebrates as he catches the ball during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Short-handed Bucs rule out four starters for Sunday

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers ruled out tight end Rob Gronkowski, wide receiver Antonio Brown, linebacker Lavonte David and cornerback Richard Sherman for Sunday’s game.

Head coach Bruce Arians confirmed Friday that all four injured starters will be absent when the Bucs (5-1) host the Chicago Bears (3-3).

Brown (ankle), David (ankle) and Sherman (hamstring) were all injured in Tampa Bay’s 28-22 win in Philadelphia on Oct. 14. Gronkowski (ribs) has not played since Week 3.

Brown has 29 receptions for 418 yards and a team high-tying four touchdown catches in five games.

Gronkowski has 16 catches for 184 yards and four touchdowns in three games.

David has 34 tackles and one sack in five games.

Sherman made his Bucs debut against New England on Oct. 3. He has 11 tackles and one fumble recovery in three games.

–Field Level Media

Sep 26, 2021; Inglewood, California, USA;  Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) can t hang on to a pass in the end zone in the third quarter of the game against the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Bucs’ Rob Gronkowski, two others ruled out vs. Eagles

Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski has been ruled out of his third straight game due to his injuries.

Linebacker Lavonte David (ankle) and safety Antoine Winfield Jr. (concussion) will join Gronkowski in sitting out Thursday’s game against the host Philadelphia Eagles (2-3). Those three players did not practice this week for the Bucs (4-1).

While those three players will not play on Thursday, center Ryan Jensen (hip), defensive lineman Pat O’Connor (calf) and edge rusher Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder, hand) are listed as questionable for the game. Those three players were listed as full participants in Wednesday’s practice.

Gronkowski previously told FOX Sports he sustained “four cracked ribs, one broken rib and a punctured lung” in the Week 3 loss to the Los Angeles Rams.

Gronkowski, 32, has collected 16 receptions for 184 yards and four touchdowns this season.

David, 31, is expected to miss three to four weeks with a high ankle sprain he sustained during Tampa Bay’s 45-17 win over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.

David has 34 tackles and one sack in five games this season. The 10-year veteran has spent his entire career with the Buccaneers and was an All-Pro in 2013 and a Pro Bowl selection in 2015.

Winfield, 23, will miss his second straight game on Thursday. He has 25 tackles, one interception and one forced fumble in four games this season.

Quarterback Tom Brady, 44, is a full-go for Thursday’s game. He injured his right (passing) thumb against Miami.

Philadelphia right tackle Lane Johnson (personal matter) remains away from the team and will miss his third straight game.

–Field Level Media

Sep 26, 2021; Inglewood, California, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) is stopped by Los Angeles Rams safety Nick Scott (33) after a catch in the second half of the game at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Bucs TE Rob Gronkowski ruled out vs. Dolphins

Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski will miss his second straight game due to his injuries.

Coach Bruce Arians announced Friday that Gronkowski, safety Antoine Winfield Jr. (concussion) and defensive lineman Patrick O’Connor (calf) are ruled out for Sunday’s game against the visiting Miami Dolphins (1-3).

While those three players will not play for the Bucs (3-1) on Sunday, Arians said linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder), cornerback Jamel Dean (knee) and running back Giovani Bernard (knee) are expected to draw back into the lineup. Pierre-Paul has missed the last two games, while Dean and Bernard sat out last Sunday’s 19-17 win over the New England Patriots.

Gronkowski previously told FOX Sports he sustained “four cracked ribs, one broken rib and a punctured lung” in the Week 3 loss to the Los Angeles Rams. He is expected to miss multiple weeks.

The injury forced Gronkowski to miss Sunday’s game against the Patriots, with whom he won three Super Bowl championships and was named an All-Pro four times in nine seasons.

Gronkowski, 32, has collected 16 receptions for 184 yards and four touchdowns this season.

–Field Level Media

Sep 26, 2021; Inglewood, California, USA;  Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) completes a pass play and runs for a first down in the first half of the game against the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Bucs TE Rob Gronkowski (rib) out for Patriots reunion

Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski will not make the trip to New England for Sunday night’s reunion with the Patriots due to a rib injury, ESPN reported Saturday.

Gronkowski was injured during the Buccaneers’ 34-24 loss to the Los Angeles Rams last Sunday. He did not practice Wednesday or Thursday before reportedly making an appearance at practice Friday.

Sunday would have been Gronkowski’s first game against the Patriots since he left the team following the 2018 postseason. He retired that offseason, only to return to the NFL after Tom Brady joined the Buccaneers in 2020.

Gronkowski, 32, has collected 16 receptions for 184 yards and four touchdowns this season.

The five-time Pro Bowl selection won three Super Bowls with the Patriots during his nine seasons in New England. He added his fourth Super Bowl title with the Bucs last season.

–Field Level Media

Feb 4, 2021; Tampa, FL, USA;  Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) against the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Rob Gronkowski, Bucs reportedly agree to 1-year deal

Jan 3, 2021; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Rams outside linebacker Leonard Floyd (54) applies pressure to Arizona Cardinals quarterback Chris Streveler (15) during the first half at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Brady will have one of his favorite targets with him again next season as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defend their Super Bowl championship.

Tight end Rob Gronkowski agreed to a one-year deal to play another season in Tampa Bay, agent Drew Rosenhaus told NFL Network and ESPN on Monday.

The Athletic and NFL Network reported that the contract will pay Gronkowski $8 million and includes the opportunity to earn another $2 million in incentives.

Gronkowski tweeted a gif of Patchy the Pirate from SpongeBob SquarePants saying, “Arrr You Ready Kids?!?”

Gronkowski, 31, came out of retirement before the 2020 season to reunite with his former New England Patriots quarterback, Brady, in Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers’ title last month gave Brady a record seven Super Bowl titles while Gronkowski won his fourth.

A four-time All-Pro, Gronkowski produced mediocre numbers by his standards in the 2020 regular season: 45 catches for 623 yards and seven touchdowns. In the Buccaneers’ first three playoff games, he totaled just two catches for 43 yards, but he was a key contributor in the Super Bowl against the Kansas City Chiefs, making six receptions for 67 yards and two TDs.

The Brady-Gronkowski connection has accounted for 14 career playoff touchdowns, the top figure for any quarterback/pass-catcher duo in league history.

Gronkowski, selected by New England in the second round of the 2010 draft out of Arizona, played for the Patriots from 2010-18, compiling 521 catches for 7,861 yards and 79 touchdowns. He topped the 1,000-yard receiving mark four times.

–Field Level Media