If Tom Brady Stays Retired, Rob Gronkowski Wants to Play With Bengals QB Joe Burrow

When Tom Brady finally announced his decision to retire this offseason, attention quickly shifted toward tight end, Rob Gronkowski.

The now-former Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end has made a point throughout his career of going where Brady goes. He even came out of retirement in 2020 to join Brady in his pursuit of a ring with the Bucs.

Common sense suggests Gronkowski will keep on following Brady, right into retirement. However, when asked about his future, he actually identified a new quarterback he’d be interested in catching passes from.

Rob Gronkowski wants to play with Joe Burrow

Speaking with Autograph NFT’s on Tuesday during the media lead-up to Super Bowl 56, Gronkowski went out of his way to identify Joe Burrow as a quarterback he could envision himself playing with.

“I kinda like this young buck quarterback. He’s in the Super Bowl now: It’s Joe Burrow, man,” Gronkowski said. “I watched him in college. I just love the way he presents himself out on the football field. In the pocket, he’s just so calm, and he just slings it out on the field … I just love his swag, too.”

Burrow has undoubtedly made a name for himself in the NFL this past season. He won Comeback Player of the Year, led the Cincinnati Bengals to a division title, and currently has them just one win away from securing a Lombardi Trophy. It’s not surprising to see Gronkowski is a fan of the younger passer.

However, what makes these comments interesting is the fact Gronkowski could feasibly join Cincinnati this offseason.

Rob Gronkowski could sign with the Bengals in free agency

Rob Gronkowski and Joe Burrow.
Rob Gronkowski and Joe Burrow | Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images, Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Gronkowski is a free agent this offseason, and the Bengals are projected to have $55-plus million in cap space.

Thanks to Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase still playing on their rookie contracts, the Bengals are in prime position to be significant players in free agency this offseason.

If Gronk is serious about packing his bags and moving up to Cincy to catch passes from Burrow, it’s hard to imagine the Bengals passing on the opportunity to add him to an already stacked offense. Current starting TE C.J. Uzomah had a solid 2021 season. However, this is Gronk we’re talking about. He’s significantly better than Uzomah.

Tom Brady is the only person who could mess this up

It’s still very possible Gronkowski will decide to retire this offseason, joining Brady on the golf courses of southern Florida. However, if he chooses to explore his options in free agency, the only person who could prevent him from signing with the Bengals is Brady.

Brady has only been retired for a few days, yet he’s already starting to hint at a possible comeback tour. If Brady gets the urge to return this summer, Gronkowski would, of course, return to Tampa Bay as well.

However, should Brady actually stay retired, keep an eye on Gronkowski joining forces with Burrow.

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