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Rob Gronkowski is hanging up his cleats – again.

The former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New England Patriots tight end is retiring after 11 combined seasons in the NFL, he announced Tuesday.

“I want to thank the whole entire first-class Buccaneers organization for an amazing ride, trusting me to come back to play and help build a championship team,” Gronkowski wrote on Instagram.

“I will now be going back into my retirement home, walking away from football again with my head held high knowing I gave it everything I had, good or bad, every time I stepped out on the field. The friendships and relationships I have made will last forever, and I appreciate every single one of my teammates and coaches for giving everything they had as well.

“From retirement, back to football and winning another championship, and now back to chilling out, thank you to all.”

The future of the veteran tight end had been a topic of discussion throughout the offseason after Gronkowski said he’d take time to evaluate his options at the end of last year. He recorded 802 yards in 2021 but could only suit up for 12 games due to injuries.

Gronkowski missed the 2019 season after riding into the sunset following the Patriots’ victory in Super Bowl LIII. However, he returned the following year to team up with longtime quarterback Tom Brady in Tampa Bay.

The 33-year-old served a familiar role as one of Brady’s top targets in his two seasons with the Buccaneers. He helped the club win Super Bowl LV – the fourth championship of his career – by catching two touchdowns in the 31-9 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs.

“It is always difficult to see a great player walk away from the game when he is still enjoying that kind of success, but the overwhelming emotions I feel today are gratitude and respect for one of the greatest tight ends who ever played the game,” Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht said.

“While his on-field accomplishments will surely earn him a gold jacket and a place in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, it is his humble attitude and team-first approach to the game that truly defined his career.”

Gronkowski’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said he was unsure if the tight end’s retirement is final.

“It would not surprise me if Tom Brady calls him during the season to come back and Rob answers the call,” Rosenhaus told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. “This is just my opinion, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Rob comes back during the season or next season.”

Gronk built one of the most decorated playoff resumes in NFL history alongside Brady, who was his quarterback in each of his 11 seasons. The duo connected for an NFL-record 15 touchdowns in the postseason.

Gronkowski’s era of dominance began as a second-round pick by the Patriots in 2010. He earned five Pro Bowls and eclipsed 1,000 receiving yards on four occasions during his nine-year tenure in New England.

His 92 career touchdowns trail only Antonio Gates (116) and Tony Gonzalez (111) for most all time among tight ends.

The Buffalo Bills have interest in signing longtime rival Rob Gronkowski in free agency, according to The Athletic’s Tim Graham.

Buffalo reportedly made a run at Gronkowski – who grew up a Bills fan in Western New York – last year before he re-signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Gronkowski is scheduled to hit the open market for the second consecutive offseason, but he’s also considering retirement. The future Hall of Fame tight end retired in 2019 but sat out only one season before returning with the Buccaneers.

Gronkowski tormented Buffalo while starring on the New England Patriots from 2010-18. He’s caught 12 career touchdowns against his boyhood team, the most he’s had against any club.

Gronkowski, who’ll turn 33 in May, posted 802 yards and six touchdowns over 12 outings in 2021. The Bills have Dawson Knox entrenched at tight end but are otherwise thin at the position.

NFL teams may begin contacting pending free agents March 14 and can officially sign players two days later.

The way Houston Astros star teammates Carlos Correa and Jose Altuve jell reminds Dusty Baker of another famous duo playing for the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

“It’s kind of like Tom Brady and (Rob) Gronkowski,” the Astros manager said of Correa and Altuve’s relationship, according to Daniel Kramer of MLB.com. “They know how they think. They know probably what they eat for dinner, what they like, and what their kids like.

“It’s a special relationship that will last forever because when they get through playing, they’ll be coming back to many teams that won in 2017 or teams that won here and teams that won there – and they’re a big part of it.”

Correa, 27, and Altuve, 31, have suited up together with the Astros for seven seasons – a span that includes a World Series championship in 2017, another trip to the Fall Classic in 2019, six playoff appearances, and four division titles.

In terms of personal accolades, Altuve’s 20th career postseason home run in Game 1 of the ALCS on Friday tied Hall of Famer Derek Jeter for third-most all time, while Correa leads all active players in playoff RBIs after going deep against the Boston Red Sox.

Brady and Gronkowski, meanwhile, are playing their 11th season together after departing the New England Patriots and reuniting as teammates with the Buccaneers. The tandem has collected four Super Bowl rings.

Rob Gronkowski‘s injury is more serious than initially reported, as he has four cracked ribs, one broken rib, and a punctured lung, he revealed to Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end was reported to be dealing with multiple fractured ribs following an MRI and CT scan. He finished a Week 3 loss to the Los Angeles Rams after briefly leaving the game for X-rays.

Gronkowski didn’t make the trip to New England for what would have been a homecoming of sorts. Gronkowski spent his first nine seasons with the Patriots and was one of the most popular players in franchise history before retiring. He ended his retirement after one season, returning to the NFL with Tampa Bay.

The Buccaneers ruled out Gronkowski on Saturday after listing him as doubtful on the final injury report this week. He missed all three practices.

Gronkowski is now expected to miss multiple games. The future Hall of Famer has 184 yards and four touchdowns in three outings this season.

Rob Gronkowski isn’t a member of the New England Patriots anymore, but he’s still finding a way to help members of the Boston community.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end gave $1.2 million for the renovation of Charlesbank Playground, located in Boston’s Charles River Esplanade, according to The Associated Press.

The star returned to Boston on Friday to deliver the check, prompting the Governor of Massachusetts to describe him as “a big man with a big heart.”

Legislation has also been put forward to rename the park “Gronk Playground.”

The 31-year-old played the first nine seasons of his career with the Patriots before briefly retiring following the 2018 campaign. After sitting out the 2019 season, Gronkowski came out of retirement in 2020 and reunited with Tom Brady on the Buccaneers where they ultimately won Super Bowl LV.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will re-sign tight end Rob Gronkowski to a one-year contract for $10 million, agent Drew Rosenhaus told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The deal matches what Gronkowski played for in 2020 when he came out of retirement to join quarterback Tom Brady in Tampa.

Gronkowski had one of his quietest seasons with the Buccaneers statistically, though the 31-year-old’s 623 receiving yards still ranked first among free-agent tight ends. The former New England Patriots star also shined in Super Bowl LV, catching two touchdowns to capture his fourth career championship.

Gronkowski said before the Super Bowl he planned to return to the Buccaneers in 2021, but he acknowledged at the onset of the negotiating period he was looking forward to testing the market for the first time in his career.

With 86 career touchdown catches, Gronkowski ranks third all time among tight ends, trailing only Antonio Gates (116) and Tony Gonzalez (111).

The Buccaneers previously struck agreements to bring back Shaq Barrett and Lavonte David, two of their other prominent free agents.

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A healthy Rob Gronkowski is bad news for NFL defenses.

As the Tampa Bay Buccaneers continue their first week of padded practices in training camp, head coach Bruce Arians noted that Gronkowski looked nothing like the player who temporarily retired due to lingering injuries.

“He looks to me like he was 5 or 6 years ago,” Arians told reporters Thursday, according to 10 Tampa Bay’s Ryan Bass. “He doesn’t have a gigantic elbow brace on. He’s moving, running fast again and has great body control.”

The 31-year-old tight end is coming off a year away from football. The New England Patriots traded his rights to Tampa in April, reuniting him with former teammate Tom Brady.

Gronkowski added he has no regrets returning to the game and expressed excitement about his health heading into the regular season.

“I feel like I’m supposed to be here … going out there, just playing ball, it feels good,” he said, per Bass.

The three-time Super Bowl champion and four-time All-Pro selection caught 47 passes for 682 yards and three touchdowns in 13 games during his last campaign in 2018.

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Rob Gronkowski is embarking on his first training camp with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and it appears he’s not quite used to the new climate.

“He’s probably in New England shape right now, but he’s not in Florida shape. That humidity and heat’s kicking his ass pretty good,” head coach Bruce Arians said with a laugh after Monday’s practice, via NFL.com.

“And it’s different. When you train in New England and then come down here, it’s really different and we laughed about it out there today. I don’t think he’s ever sweat that much in his life.”

The 31-year-old tight end is also coming off a year away from football, but Arians has no concerns about Gronkowski’s playing shape.

“It takes a little time to get into the Florida shape, but as far as playing in a game, he’s more than ready right now,” he said.

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With Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski heading to Tampa Bay this offseason, the Buccaneers‘ offense could be as talented as any unit in the NFL.

Brady will also have at his disposal Pro Bowl receiver duo Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, running back Ronald Jones, and tight ends Cameron Brate and O.J. Howard.

For Howard, few teams can challenge the quality of the Bucs’ weaponry.

“You look at us and line us up versus any offense in the league, we’re right up there with the top of them,” Howard said Tuesday on “Good Morning Football,” according to NFL.com’s Kevin Patra. “So only time will tell how good we are. But I think when you put us on paper, we’re one of the best in the league, if not the best.”

With Jameis Winston under center in 2019, the Bucs ranked fourth in scoring at 28.8 points per game. However, in large part due to Winston’s record-breaking turnover issues, the NFC South club was often unable to win close games and finished outside the playoffs with a 7-9 record.

Fortunately for Tampa Bay, Winston was replaced with arguably the most clutch quarterback in NFL history.

“One thing about Tom, I watched him for years in New England, he’s always in the game,” Howard said. “I think that’s something he can bring to our team. No matter what the score is or how it starts in the first half, I think you always have a chance to win when it comes down to the final minutes of the game.”

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski is going to have to keep a close eye on his head coach, Bruce Arians, this season.

Arians issued a warning to the Gronkowski on Thursday, saying he may try to steal his WWE 24/7 championship belt.

“He better keep his head on a swivel,” Arians told ESPN’s Jenna Laine. “I might take it from him.”

Gronkowski won the 24/7 championship at WrestleMania 36, and under WWE rules, his title can be challenged by anyone at any time. He acknowledged on the “Gronk’d UP” podcast earlier this week that Arians could be a threat, but said it “would be an honor to lose to him.”