Rob Gronkowski next team odds, speculation includes Arizona Cardinals as landing spot

Jeremy Cluff
Arizona Republic
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Rob Gronkowski played college football at the University of Arizona in Tucson.

Could he return to the state to conclude his legendary NFL career?

There are odds out for Gronkowski's next team and the Arizona Cardinals are interestingly among the favorites to land the tight end.

Bookies.com, which produced the odds, has the Cardinals at +900 in Gronkowski's first snap odds for the 2022 NFL season.

The Buffalo Bills are at +550, with the Green Bay Packers at +650. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the only other team ahead of Arizona, at +800.

The odds, however, are actually in favor of no team landing Gronkowski. The site has him at -125 to retire.

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Speculation has swirled around Gronkowski's future with news of Tom Brady's retirement from the Buccaneers.

He will be a free agent this offseason.

The Cardinals could have a need at the tight end position because Zach Ertz, whom the team traded for last season, will also be a free agent, although many think the team will do all it can to try to re-sign the tight end.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski scores a touchdown  against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Interestingly, Pro Football Network's Adam Beasley recently included the Cardinals as a potential landing spot for Gronkowski in the offseason.

He wrote: "Gronk seems to have enjoyed his time in Tampa, so the Buccaneers should be on the list of any teams in the mix. However, much of his decision depends on their quarterback situation. If he decides to play elsewhere in 2022, the fit will have to be perfect. He’s not going to join a bad team. And he’s not going to play for a coach like Belichick. The Cardinals make a lot of sense for the former Arizona Wildcat. The Chargers, Titans, and Chiefs do too."

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Fansided's Jim Koch wrote that Gronkowski "could make sense" for the Cardinals.

He wrote: "The 32-year-old played his college ball at the University of Arizona, so a free-agent agreement with the Redbirds would be a homecoming of sorts for the 11th-year veteran. Inking a deal with the Cards would also afford Gronkowski the chance of playing with one of the league’s up-and-coming young signal-callers. Kyler Murray, despite his struggles down the stretch in 2021, is a 24-year-old who has already represented the organization in two Pro Bowls. The 6-foot-6, 265-pound Gronkowski could also look at the success at the position that Ertz enjoyed when he was acquired by Arizona last fall. Head coach and play-caller Kliff Kingsbury suddenly made the tight end a major component of the offense again by targeting Ertz an eye-popping 81 times in just 11 matchups. No one would argue with the fact that Ertz was a fantastic addition, but his return to the “Valley of the Sun” is far from a done deal. There are also those who would tell you that Gronkowski is a better alternative. Perhaps that faction of the fanbase would be correct."

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