Could The Eagles Look To Sign TE Rob Gronkowski?

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The Philadelphia Eagles offense suffered a major loss during their Week 11 game against the Washington Commanders. While being tackled by his facemask, tight end Dallas Goedert was unable to brace himself while hitting the ground, leading to him injuring his shoulder.

Goedert was placed on injured reserve because of the injury, which means that he will be sidelined for at least four games. However, one piece of good news is that he is expected to be able to return before the regular season ends.

But, his loss for a few weeks is certainly going to be felt by the team. Goedert was an integral part of the team’s game plan as a good blocker and excellent pass catcher. At the time of his injury, Goedert was second on the team in receiving yards with 544 yards and was tied for second with three receiving touchdowns.

The depth at the position is certainly concerning as the Eagles don’t have a veteran in place capable of replacing what Goedert does. Jack Stoll is the backup, but he isn’t a very inspiring option. Rookie Grant Calceterra isn’t ready for that big of a role as a project player. Tyrese Jackson, a converted college quarterback, is an intriguing option but his excelling right away is a long shot.

It would not be surprising if the Eagles dipped into free agency to see if they can find some Goedert insurance. While he is expected back before the end of the regular season, injury rehab isn’t the same for everyone so Philadelphia would be smart to have an alternative plan in place.

Could Philadelphia make a run at Rob Gronkowski to help replace the loss of Goedert? Over at PhillyVoice.com, a mailbag question was sent in about the team’s tight end position. The writer, Jimmy Kempski, believes Gronkowski is certainly an option, should he have any interest in coming out of retirement again.

“If there were one guy who I think could actually make an impact if you could coax him out of retirement (assuming he has stayed in reasonable football shape), it’s Rob Gronkowski. He’s a goofball off the field, but there’s little question that he is a savvy, smart player on it. At a minimum, he’d be a good blocker, and he’d give you receiving upside on third down and in the red zone. That would be a pretty incredible luxury pickup for the stretch run, in my opinion.”

Gronkowski came out of retirement to play with Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers the last two seasons as he looked good. While injuries have sapped him of some of his athleticism, his football IQ and size are more than enough to create some mismatches on the field.

Adding him to the mix would provide the Eagles’ tight end room with a huge upgrade. Along with Gronkowski, veteran Eric Ebron was another player mentioned as Kempski as an option for the Eagles as long as he is healthy and recovered from the knee injury that forced him to the IR last season.