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

By Ty Anderson,

Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski’s return to pro football will not be a one-and-done, even after a two-touchdown performance in Super Bowl LV, according to the man himself.

“Yeah, I’ll remain unretired,” Gronkowski, who came out of retirement and requested (and got) a trade to Tampa Bay back in April 2020, said after the win. “I’m a free agent. It’s the first time in my career that I’m a free agent. I signed basically like an eight-year contract and basically played it all out; signed that when I was 22 years old, and it’s just pretty incredible to play out a contract like that [and] with a retirement in between. That’s surreal.”

The 31-year-old is certainly right about the surreal aspect of Gronkowski essentially playing out a contract that was reworked multiple times during his time in New England and was tolled during his retirement. It’s also surreal that Gronkowski has never experienced true free agency at any point in his illustrious career.

But before you get excited about the potential Gronk bidding war, it’s worth mentioning that Gronkowski has always said that Tom Brady is the only quarterback he wants to play with. And Gronkowski had nothing but good things to say about time in Tampa Bay, and indicated that he would like to be back with the Bucs in 2021.

“I definitely see myself coming back, just the guys around here, the players around here, the coaches, the people in the front office, they’re all just great people,” Gronkowski acknowledged. “I loved working with them all year long. So, obviously going to soak this in and see where I’m at in a couple weeks, but I don’t see why not. I don’t see why I won’t be back.”

Gronkowski totaled 45 catches for 623 yards and seven scores in 16 regular season games with Tampa Bay in 2020, and posted an eight-catch, 110-yard, and two-score postseason line.

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