The defending Super Bowl champions have had quite the offseason so far.
At the championship celebration several weeks ago, head coach Bruce Arians vowed to get the band back together. A nice sentiment but given the players that were scheduled for free agency, it seemed like a tall task to accomplish. A fate most championship teams face.
However, not only did the Buccaneers retain Chris Godwin, Lavonte David, and Shaquil Barrett, tight end Rob Gronkowski is returning for a second season with the Buccaneers on a one-year, $10 million contract according to Adam Schefter.
Gronk had a solid season coming out of a brief retirement and in his first season in Tampa Bay. He played in all 16 games for the first time since 2011 and hauled in 45 passes for 623 yards and seven touchdowns. He added eight receptions for 110 yards in the playoffs with a pair of touchdowns in the Super Bowl against the Chiefs.
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Much like the Bucs team as a whole, Gronkowski got stronger as the season progressed and saved some of his best for the playoffs not only in the passing game but he added an extra element to the Bucs stout run/pass blocking.
Ryan Succop, Antonio Brown, and Leonard Fournette are the only remaining key free agents for the Buccaneers with the new league year still over a day away.