The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed tight end Kyle Rudolph to a one-year deal earlier this week, seemingly confirming that Rob Gronkowski will stay retired this season.

Of course, when it comes to Gronk, no one truly knows what to expect. This isn’t the first time he’s retired. And his girlfriend suggested recently that his retirement won’t last very long.

On Friday, Buccaneers safety Logan Ryan, who signed with the team this offseason after spending the past two seasons with the New York Giants, gave his take during an appearance on Good Morning Football on whether or not Tampa Bay fans should expect Gronkowski to return to the field this season.

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Nov 28, 2021; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) catches a pass in the first half against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

“I wouldn’t close the door (on a return), but I definitely think that he’s at peace with his career,” said Ryan. “He’s a (future) Hall of Famer, arguably the greatest tight end of all time. I’ve been with him, I’ve seen what he’s played through and his body has been beaten up through the years and he definitely leaves it all out there.”

“I’m not one to speak on it, because I put a long soliloquy of a tweet out, all 140 characters when Tom (Brady) retired and he unretired on me, so I didn’t put a long tweet out for Gronk. You never know…either way, I’m proud of Gronk and I’m happy for Gronk. And he’s definitely the greatest tight end that I’ve ever played with.”

Ryan played with Gronkowski for four years in New England. He obviously knows the superstar tight end as well as anyone. And he has no clue what to expect from Gronk.

Which means the rest of us definitely have no clue. Gronk could be on the field for the Bucs in week one, or he might never play football again. Either scenario is equally plausible.

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