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Ian Rapoport Shares What He's 'Always' Been Told About Gronk

Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski on the bench.

INGLEWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 26: Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) during a game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium on September 26, 2021 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Jordon Kelly/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

If Tom Brady retires this offseason, will Rob Gronkowski join him?

There's a growing belief around the NFL Brady has played his last down in the NFL. His 2021-22 season ended on a sour note and he started to take some big hits towards the end of the season. Oh, and don't forget he turns 45 in August.

It's worth a reminder Gronk came out of retirement because of Brady. The all-time great tight end wanted to reunite with his former quarterback and play for the Buccaneers.

So, in the event Brady retires, will Gronkowski do the same? NFL insider Ian Rapoport thinks so.

"I've always been told that Gronk will only play with Brady.. I would imagine if Brady is done so is Gronk," Rapoport told Pat McAfee on Tuesday. 

This would be a significant loss for the Buccaneers.

Gronk put up massive numbers this season, catching 55 passes for 802 yards and six touchdowns. Brady, meanwhile, threw for 5,316 yards and 43 touchdowns with 12 picks. Tampa will have plenty of offense to replace if both end up retiring this offseason.

It could end up being a pivotal offseason for the Buccaneers.