Arguably the greatest tight end of all time, Rob Gronkowski, now is just a former football player.
Who will replace him as the king of tight ends?
One player on the list is the 49ers’ George Kittle, who had a breakout season in 2018, actually surpassing Gronkowski’s NFL record for most receiving yards in a season. But he’s not at the top of the list — yet.
Gronkowski, 29, retired March 24. The former New England Patriot has two Super Bowl rings, and is the only tight end in NFL history to record at least 10 touchdowns and 1,000 receiving yards during the same season three times. But he played only 115 games during his career due to numerous injuries, such as a broken forearm, a torn ACL and a bad back which required multiple surgeries.
Gronkowski began to decline last season, when he recorded only 47 catches for 682 yards and three touchdowns. Lots of tight ends around the league, including Kittle, outperformed Gronkowski in 2018.
Here is a list of the best remaining tight ends in the NFL.