Another NFL season has come and gone, leaving New York sports betting fans to ponder the odds of whether one of the league’s greatest tight ends will return for a 12th season, or join former teammate Tom Brady in retirement.
The player in question is four-time All-Pro Rob Gronkowski, who has hauled in 100 catches for more than 1,400 yards and 13 touchdowns since returning from his first retirement in 2020.
The man lovingly referred to as “Gronk” finished 2021 with 55 receptions, 802 yards, and six touchdowns — with the first two representing his highest numbers since the 2017 NFL season, when he had 1,084 yards on 69 catches.
The focus now shifts to whether Gronk will hang up his cleats for good and shuffle into whatever his second career holds or return in 2022.
Oddsmakers See Gronkowski Retiring in 2022
It appears the most likely option for Gronkowski this off season is retirement. Bookies.com oddsmaker Adam Thompson puts the odds on Gronk’s retirement at -125.
Should he decide to play, Thompson’s Gronk Odds Board has Buffalo as his most like stop at +550, followed by Green Bay (+650), Tampa Bay (+800), and Arizona (+900).
Bookies.com Rob Gronkowski 2022 Team Odds
|⭐️ Buffalo Bills||+550||⭐️ Green Bay Packers||+650|
|⭐️ Tampa Bay Buccaneers||+800||⭐️ Arizona Cardinals||+900|
|⭐️ Los Angeles Chargers||+1500||⭐️ Miami Dolphins||+1800|
|⭐️ San Francisco 49ers||+2000||⭐️ The Field||+4000|
EDITOR'S NOTE: The odds discussed above are from Bookies.com and may not be available for public betting.
It’s worth considering Gronkowski has never played in the NFL without No. 12, having last played sans Brady during his junior year at the University of Arizona — when Matt Scott was his QB.
Without Brady in the fold, Tampa Bay is tied for 12th in the NFL in Super Bowl odds (+2500) at BetMGM Sportsbook.
Why Gronkowski Would Retire in 2022?
A major reason why Gronkowski may choose to call it a day this offseason is the pending retirement of his longtime offensive confidante.
Brady helped Gronkowski become one of the NFL’s most dynamic tight ends, with 621 receptions for 9,286 yards and 92 touchdowns during his career.
Another reason Gronk may choose to retire is the steady stream of injuries the tight end has suffered.
Gronkowski has only played three full seasons — 2010, 2011, and 2020. In those three seasons, he hauled in 187 catches for more than 2,400 yards and 34 touchdowns.
Other than that, the closest Gronk came to a full season was in 2014 and 2015, when he played 15 games each, and 2017, when he started 14 games for the Patriots.
The laundry list of injuries Gronk has suffered includes fractured vertebra, two forearm fractures, a torn MCL and ACL in his right knee, bulging and herniated discs in his back, and various pulls and sprains.
The 32-year-old may decide those injuries have taken enough of a toll, leading the five-time Pro Bowler to pursue whatever his second career may be.
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