Rob Gronkowski Retires, But the Odds Suggest He Might Come Back

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ TE, Rob Gronkowski, announced his retirement yesterday.
  • However, the bookies believe he might return during the 2022 NFL season.
  • For the moment, the Bucs are still one of the top favorites for winning the Super Bowl.

One of the best, if not the best tight end in the history of the NFL, Rob Gronkowski, decided to retire for the second time. He announced the news yesterday via his Instagram profile.

But, many believe that this is just a temporary walk-off for Gronk.

Gronk on the Field Again? Odds Say Yes

The bookmakers have already set the odds for Gronkowski’s comeback from retirement this season. And it appears they favor Gronk’s return, which is currently priced at -130. On the other side, him skipping the entire 2022 campaign is at +100. 

One of the reasons for this is his agent’s statement. Drew Rosenhaus stated that “he wouldn’t be surprised” if Brady contacts Gronk during the season and that the 33-year-old decides to return. After all, we saw that already once in the past. 

Since coming to the NFL as a second-round pick out of Arizona, Gronk has become the best tight end in the league, setting numerous records and winning four Super Bowl rings, three with the New England Patriots and one with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 

He was First-Team All-Pro four times and an NFL receiving touchdown leader in 2011, with 17 scores. Since 2010, Gronk has been the guy with the most receiving touchdowns in the league, 92, ahead of some brutal names. 

Even though being injured frequently, Gronkowski’s productivity when on the court has always been at the highest possible level. Besides that, he was the main target for Brady in all of the clutch situations, and Tom’s legacy was largely built on Gronk’s back. 

Tampa Bay Still Among Top Favorites

The Buccaneers were +700 to win the title and were the second-biggest favorite to take the Super Bowl. With Gronk’s departure, some of the bookmakers minimally lowered their chances pricing them at +750, but in general, there hadn’t been some major shift in that area for the moment.

Brady will have a very respectable receiving core at his disposal, with Chris Godwin and Mike Evans leading the way. The first is rehabbing his knee following a season-ending injury last year, and according to sources from within the team, is ahead of the schedule.

Russell Gage, who arrived from Atlanta Falcons, can be one very useful addition, and many believe that he will be even sharper with Brady next to him. 

As for the tight end position, the No.1 spot is now Cameron Brate. He’s been with the Bucs for the last eight years and didn’t play for any other team since they drafted him. In 2021, Brate played 17 games having 245 receiving yards and four touchdowns. 

Also, Brady will have two rookies at his disposal, Cade Otton from Washington, the fourth-rounder, and a sixth-rounder, Ko Kieft, from Minnesota. Though, we might expect to see them adding one big name during the summer. 

Nikola is one of those rare fanatics who dedicated their lives to sports. In the last five years, he has worked as a betting tips writer for several companies. Also, he does coverage of various sports events, and besides his betting skills, he is a sports news contributor on multiple websites. Here at VegasOdds, Nikola is in charge of the NBA, Champions League and the world’s most famous soccer competition the English Premier League.

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