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Money surely was (and is) a factor for Rob Gronkowski

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In a typical late June week, the news that the greatest tight end in NFL history had retired for the second time would have been the biggest news of the week. But this is no ordinary week. And as a result, Rob Gronkowski’s retirement has received far less attention than it could or should have.

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Gronk dropped out of the Bucks, and training camp was about a month away. For the first time, as far as I remember, the player’s agent publicly named his client’s BS. So if Drew Rosenhaus doesn’t believe Gronk when he says he’s retiring, why should anyone else?

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Rosenhaus says he believes Gronk will return this season or next. We assume that Gronk will not return at the start of 2022 training camp in part (if not entirely) due to financial offers made by the Bucks.

For 2021, Gronk had a base salary of $8 million with incentives up to $2 million. In 2022, given the boom in the receiver market, the Gronk should be available for at least $15 million. If he decides to charge less for the limited edition, assuming the Buki are rivals, so be it. But why would he sign up for a full season if he’s not getting what he’s really worth?

Finally, most likely, Rosenhaus was not mistaken in adding the words “next season.” If when Tom Brady is moving to a new team and if, after a year-long hiatus, Gronk is intrigued by the possibility of teaming up with Brady again to win a championship with a third other team, maybe he will.

However, the money must be correct. If it were now, it would play.



Source: profootballtalk.nbcsports.com

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