Player Outlook
Gronkowski announced his retirement from football in late June, the second time he's walked away from the game. There's always a chance he returns -- his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, even suggested it's possible. But that doesn't mean you should draft him unless you want to have a little fun with one of your last two picks. Obviously the story would change if Gronk did come back -- he'd be worth a Round 8 or 9 pick then -- but it feels like a longshot. Cameron Brate is expected to be the Buccaneers' primary tight end in 2022.

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2021 55 802 14.58 6 0.00 1169.7
2020 45 623 13.84 7 0.00 1046.5
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  • Rob Gronkowski: No plans to play this year

    Gronkowski reiterated Tuesday that he has no plans to resume his playing career, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports. The star tight end -- who played the last two seasons with Tampa Bay -- announced his retirement as an NFL player last month, and at this time the 33-year-old isn't inclined to reconsider that decision, noting Tuesday, "I'm done with football." When asked if he might change his stance if long-time teammate and QB Tom Brady called and asked him to return to the Buccaneers in the coming months, Gronkowski replied, "I would answer, obviously, the greatest quarterback of all time. Ask him how he's doing. Tell him I'm doing good. But I wouldn't go back to football -- no." With Gronkowski no longer in the team's pass-catching mix, as training camp approaches the Bucs' tight end corps is led by veteran Cameron Brate, with a pair of rookie draft picks (fourth-rounder Cade Otton and sixth-rounder Ko Kieft) as well as returnee Codey McElroy also on hand.
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  • Rob Gronkowski: Retires from NFL

    Gronkowski announced his retirement Tuesday, NFL reporter Jordan Schultz reports. After missing the 2019 season, Gronkowski reunited with Tom Brady in Tampa Bay and totaled 100 receptions for 1,425 yards and 13 touchdowns during his final two campaigns. He contemplated returning for another year, but he's opted to hang up the cleats. The superstar tight end won four Super Bowls during his 11-year career and will likely be a future first ballot Hall of Famer.
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  • Rob Gronkowski: Bucs reportedly remain optimistic

    Though Gronkowski remains a free agent, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times suggests that the Buccaneers are optimistic the tight end will re-sign with the team sometime before training camp. In any case, while Gronkowski's NFL future is on hold, he won't be a part of Tampa Bay's full squad workouts June 7-9. For now, the team's tight end corps remains headed by Cameron Brate, and while the Bucs doubled down in April's draft by taking Cade Otton (106th overall) and Ko Kieft (218th overall), if Gronkowski does return to the mix, he'd reclaim his role as the team's top pass catcher at the position and remain on the fantasy radar, given his well established rapport with QB Tom Brady. In 12 games last season, the 33-year-old caught 55 of his 89 targets for 802 yards and six TDs.
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  • Rob Gronkowski: Playing status TBD

    At this stage, Gronkowski isn't ready to commit to playing this coming season, ESPN.com and NFL.com relay. There's been plenty of speculation regarding Gronkowski's playing status since QB Tom Brady unretired, but for now the 32-year-old continues to mull his options ahead of the 2022 season. As the NFL Draft approaches, Tampa Bay's top tight end option is Cameron Brate, with Codey McElroy also under contract with the team. In any case, the Buccaneers will no doubt add depth at the position, but GM Jason Licht has made it clear that Gronkowski, an unrestricted free agent, would be welcomed back "with open arms" should he elect to continue his playing career. This past season, Gronkowski caught 55 of his 89 targets for 802 yards and six TDs in 12 games.
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  • Rob Gronkowski: Could re-join Bucs

    Gronkowski remains a candidate to return to the Buccaneers, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports. In the wake of QB Tom Brady's retirement, which turned out to be temporary, there was speculation that Gronkowski -- a Western New York native -- might consider signing with the Bills. Since then, however, Brady unretired, and Buffalo signed O.J. Howard, who spent the first five seasons of his career in Tampa Bay. For now, the Bucs' top tight end option is Cameron Brate, but Greg Auman of The Athletic relays that Gronkowski has suggested that there's "a very good chance" he'll be back with the team in 2022. In 12 games last season, Gronkowski hauled in 55 of his 89 targets for 802 yards and six TDs, and if the 32-year-old does end up re-signing, he'll remain on the fantasy radar given his well established rapport with Brady.
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  • Buccaneers' Rob Gronkowski: Could be on Bills' radar

    The Bills are open to the possibility of signing Gronkowski this offseason, Tim Graham of The Athletic reports. The report notes that Gronkowski and the Bills spoke last spring, but the tight end ultimately stayed with Tampa Bay on a one-year deal to continue playing with quarterback Tom Brady. Now that Brady has retired, Graham suggests that the Western New York native may be willing to finish his career with his hometown team. If the interest is mutual and Gronkowski joins the Bills ahead of his age-33 season, he could be part of a timeshare at tight end with Dawson Knox, who produced a 49-587-9 receiving line in 15 games last season.
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  • Buccaneers' Rob Gronkowski: Could return to Tampa sans Brady?

    Gronkowski said he'd consider returning to the Buccaneers even if QB Tom Brady were to retire, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports. While he's more likely to stick around if Brady does the same, Gronkowski wasn't ready to rule out any offseason possibilities when he met with the media Monday morning, less than 24 hours after a 30-27 loss to the Rams. The veteran QB and TE figure to take at least a few weeks before making any decisions, and it's a safe bet they'll talk with each other even if they end up making different plans for the future. Brady is signed with Tampa through 2022, while Gronkowski will become a free agent in mid-March unless he retires or signs a new contract with the Bucs first.
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  • Buccaneers' Rob Gronkowski: Finds end zone in win

    Gronkowski brought in five of seven targets for 31 yards and a touchdown during the Buccaneers' 31-15 win over the Eagles in an NFC wild-card matchup Sunday. Gronkowski drew even with the returning Giovani Bernard for second on the team in receptions on the afternoon and recorded a two-yard scoring grab midway through the third quarter to extend the Buccaneers' lead to 24-0 at the time. The veteran tight end should have a chance to remain as heavily involved as he was Sunday, at minimum, for the duration of the postseason considering the short-handed state of the team's pass-catching corps. Gronkowski's next opportunity to build on a prolific playoff connection with Tom Brady comes next weekend in a divisional-round clash versus either the Rams or the Cardinals.
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  • Buccaneers' Rob Gronkowski: Spectacular effort in finale

    Gronkowski secured seven of 10 targets for 137 yards in the Buccaneers' 41-17 win over the Panthers on Sunday. Gronkowski paced the Buccaneers in receptions, receiving yards and targets while posting his second straight 100-yard effort to close out the campaign. The legendary tight end takes on even more importance to Tom Brady with Antonio Brown no longer on the roster, and he figures to play a prominent role once again in next weekend's wild-card game against an Eagles team he didn't get to face due to injury back in Week 6.
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  • Buccaneers' Rob Gronkowski: Quiet performance despite absences

    Gronkowski secured one of two targets for 23 yards in the Buccaneers' 32-6 win over the Panthers on Sunday. The prospect of Gronkowski seeing only a pair of looks in a game the Buccaneers played without their top two receivers and a prolific pass-catching back was highly improbable coming in, but that's precisely what transpired. Gronkowski checked in a distant fourth in targets overall for his second consecutive underwhelming performance. Nevertheless, with Chris Godwin and Leonard Fournette both on injured reserve with knee and hamstring injuries, respectively, Gronkowski figures to have a good chance of bouncing back in Week 17 on the road versus the vulnerable Jets.
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  • Buccaneers' Rob Gronkowski: Blanketed in coverage

    Gronkowski caught just two of his 11 targets for 29 yards in Sunday's 9-0 loss to New Orleans. The Buccaneers lost wideouts Mike Evans (hamstring) and Chris Godwin (knee) in the first half, leaving Gronkowski as Tom Brady's top receiving option for the rest of the contest. The Saints took advantage of this knowledge, focusing its defensive focus on the tight end and limiting his second-half production to just one catch (nine targets) for 10 yards. Gronk may be asked to shoulder the receiving load again if Evans and Godwin are unable to go against the Panthers next Sunday, with his fantasy managers hoping for a better rate of success on a similarly-high volume of targets.
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  • Buccaneers' Rob Gronkowski: Five receptions in win

    Gronkowski secured five of nine targets for 62 yards in the Buccaneers' 33-27 overtime win over the Bills on Sunday. Gronkowski was third behind on the team Chris Godwin and Mike Evans in receptions and receiving yards, and he checked in second in targets behind Godwin's 15. The veteran tight end has no fewer than four receptions in any non-injury-shortened game this season and has logged at least eight targets in four consecutive contests, sending him into a Week 15 Sunday night divisional clash versus the Saints with plenty of momentum.
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  • Buccaneers' Rob Gronkowski: Pair of scores in win

    Gronkowski secured four of eight targets for 58 yards and two touchdowns in the Buccaneers' 30-17 win over the Falcons on Sunday. Gronkowski's first two receptions went for scores, with the legendary tight end finding the end zone from 27 and 11 yards out. Gronkowski is now up to six touchdown receptions on the campaign, leaving him with plenty of opportunities to eclipse the eight he garnered with the Patriots in 2017, which is currently his best total of the last five seasons. The big tight end should continue to see an uptick in targets for the duration of Antonio Brown's suspension, and he could have a particularly sizable role in a Week 14 home showdown against a Bills team adept at limiting receiver production.
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  • Buccaneers' Rob Gronkowski: Explodes for vintage performance

    Gronkowski secured seven of 10 targets for 123 yards in the Buccaneers' 38-31 win over the Colts on Sunday. With the Colts' having a well earned reputation of limiting wide receiver production, Gronkowski was focused on early and often by Tom Brady to the tune of a team-high number of targets. Gronkowski made good use of his opportunities, setting the pace in receiving yards by a wide margin on the afternoon. The yardage and targets were also season-best figures for the veteran tight end, who's produced a 13-204-0 line on 18 targets in his first two full games back from rib and back injuries. Gronkowski once again should be a focal point in a Week 13 road divisional clash against the Falcons.
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  • Buccaneers' Rob Gronkowski: Makes six grabs in return

    Gronkowski caught six of eight targets for 71 yards in Monday night's 30-10 win over the Giants. Gronkowski, making just his second appearance since Week 3, went for a game-long gain of 35 yards in the first half. Besides that outburst, he helped long-time quarterback Tom Brady move the chains with a handful of other grabs, posting his highest yardage total of the campaign. Even though he didn't score a touchdown, keeping him at four through five games, the tight end should be encouraged by his return to action and will strive to build on Monday's performance in Week 12 versus the Colts.
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  • Buccaneers' Rob Gronkowski: Back in action Monday

    Gronkowski (back) is listed as active Monday against the Giants. In the midst of an injury-plagued season, Gronkowski's most recent health concern is back spasms, which limited him to five snaps in Week 8 and inactive status in the Bucs' last game. He was able to practice in full Thursday and Friday, but on Saturday's injury report he was listed as a non-participant with a "back, not-injury related - resting player" designation. It appears the DNP was intended to keep Gronkowski as fresh as possible, and Adam Schefter of ESPN reported earlier Monday that the tight end was slated to play, assuming he avoided a setback during pregame warmups. Gronkowski has done just that and will join Cameron Brate and O.J. Howard to form a formidable TE trio for Tampa Bay.
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  • Buccaneers' Rob Gronkowski: Trending in right direction

    Gronkowski (back), who is listed as questionable for Monday's game against the Giants, is expected to be available to play so long as he avoids any pregame setbacks, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Prior to sitting out Saturday's practice, Gronkowski had managed two sessions without any restrictions, which reinforces the notion that he's on the right track to play after sitting out five of the Buccaneers' previous six games. That said, a final word on Gronkowski's status likely won't be announced until Tampa Bay releases its inactive list 90 minutes prior to Monday's 8:15 p.m. ET kickoff. Given the time that he's missed, Gronkowski could be subject to a more limited snap count than usual in his return to the lineup.
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  • Buccaneers' Rob Gronkowski: Seems on track to play

    The Buccaneers seem optimistic Gronkowski (back) will return for Monday's game against the Giants, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports. Gronkowski was a full practice participant Thursday and Friday before sitting out Saturday and being listed as questionable on the final injury report. It seems the absence was planned -- rather than indicative of a setback -- but fantasy managers will still want to check in when the Bucs release their inactive list approximately 90 minutes before the 8:20 EST kickoff Monday night. If Gronkowski can't go, the team will lean on Cameron Brate and O.J. Howard at tight end again.
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  • Buccaneers' Rob Gronkowski: Misses practice, questionable

    Gronkowski (back) did not practice Saturday and is listed as questionable for Monday's game against the Giants. Gronkowski was a full participant for both Thursday's and Friday's practices, so it's hard not to look at this designation as anything but a setback for the veteran tight end. Coach Bruce Arians was coy in his post-practice presser, suggesting a "number" of players for the Buccaneers would be game-time decisions, which seems like an ominous message considering the news of Gronkowski's practice status had not yet been revealed. More information will hopefully become available prior to the 8:15 ET kickoff on Monday.
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  • Buccaneers' Rob Gronkowski: Arrow pointing up

    Gronkowski (back) was a full participant in Friday's practice, with both he and coach Bruce Arians saying the "arrow is pointing up" for the tight end to play in Monday's game against the Giants, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports. It certainly would be unusual for a player to miss a game after back-to-back full practices without a setback. Still, fantasy managers should keep an eye out this weekend in case the Bucs give Gronkowski a game designation on their final injury report Saturday afternoon. The extra caution does make sense, given his age, injury history and the recent failed attempt at returning from a rib/lung injury (he played six snaps Week 8 against New Orleans before exiting with back spasms). If he does return Monday, which now seems likely, there's no guarantee of Gronkowski immediately reclaiming his huge role from earlier this season (51.0 snaps, 7.0 targets per game Weeks 1-3).
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