Bucs GM unsure whether Rob Gronkowski would return to NFL

Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht said he had "no idea" if Rob Gronkowski was interested in coming out of retirement.

A three-time Super Bowl champion with the New England Patriots, Gronkowski, 30, announced his retirement from the NFL in March last year. But with Tom Brady having left the Patriots to join the Buccaneers, there has been talk the pair could reunite in Tampa Bay.

Licht, however, played down those suggestions.

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"Well, he's doing a pretty good job with WrestleMania right now. I have no idea if he would want to play," Licht told reporters on a video call Thursday. Gronkowski won the WWE 24/7 championship at the event earlier this month.

"I'll keep this (conference) on the (NFL) Draft right now because that's like asking about another player on another roster. He belongs to the New England Patriots. We're going to focus on the draft here and focus on players that are available."

Still, the Buccaneers will have six-time Super Bowl winner Brady for next season.

Licht was pleased the team Tampa Bay had built was enough to convince Brady to join.

"I have taken my fair share of criticism — a lot of it deserved — and I'll never shy away from that," he said. "But we've also had a lot of hits and brought in a lot of good players that got us to this point . . . It feels very good.

"It feels damn good to have a player of Tom's stature and the resume that he has, that he felt like this is a place where he could come and win. It feels damn good."