Rob Gronkowski is not signed before the mini camp, but Bucks is optimistic about his return
TAMPA — The “Summer of Gronk” will continue uninterrupted by Bucc’s mandatory mini-camp.
The tight end Rob Gronkowski remains unsigned and will not be part of the team’s full teamworkout from June 7th to 9th.
Officially, he is undecided about the future of the NFL. Informally, Buccane is optimistic about re-contracting with the team someday before reporting to the training camp in late July.
A few weeks ago, Tom Brady posted a video of 33-year-old Gronkowski swinging a flyball while practicing batting at a New York Yankees training facility on Heims Avenue in Tampa. He may also have caught football from the quarterback.
Buccane gives Gronkowski all the space he needs for this off-season to decide whether to continue his career. He’s a free agent, but it seems very unlikely that Gronkowski will play in another quarterback, as Brady hasn’t retired because of an “unfinished business.”
If Gronkowski decides to play, there is also the problem of negotiating a contract once.
Gronkowski has earned a base salary of $ 9.25 million and $ 8 million in Buccane over the past two seasons. He also reached $ 1 million in performance incentives last year. But based on his production and soaring salaries in his position, he could certainly ask for more.
The Geroge Kittle is the NFL’s most expensive tight end, averaging $ 15 million annually. This is followed by Travis Kelce ($ 14.3 million), Dallas Gedert ($ 14.25 million) and Mark Andrews ($ 14 million). Gronkowski has earned over $ 70.6 million in the field during the NFL’s 11 seasons, but fair value is fair value.
There are some signs that Buccane is doing more than keeping the door open for his return.
In addition to re-signing most of their key free agents, they could be Brady’s last year in 2022 Tampa Bay, using a revokeable year with a recent signature. A one-year transaction worth about $ 6.5 million, which could increase to $ 10 million based on incentives.
Hicks’ contract includes a revocable four-year period, and Bucks can reduce the 2022 salary cap to $ 2.39 million.
according to Overthecap.comBuccane’s 2022 salary cap space is $ 12.167 million. This includes Gronkowski’s $ 5 million deadcap money as part of the deferred contract.
Another reason for optimism is that Buccane hasn’t added a veteran tight end this season. They chose two in the draft: Cade Otton in Washington and Coquift in Minnesota. Cameron Brate mainly accepts tight ends, but as an everydown player it is unlikely to fill Gronkowski’s shoes.
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No one could resent Gronkowski’s continued life after football. He retired once and experienced multiple back surgery, ACL / MCL rupture, left forearm fracture, chest / lung contusion, 4 rib fractures, and lung puncture.
But Brady is very convincing. Until he announces the decision, Bucks fans must be patient and happy to see the shirtless tight end at the NFL Draft Party and Talk Show circuits at Gronck Beach Las Vegas.
You never see him at the Bucks mini camp. His synergies with Brady are well documented and they spent time together this offseason.
The “Summer of Gronk” continues until he decides to be one of the “Boys of Fall”.
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