Rob Gronkowski Feb 7, 2023; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Rob Gronkowski at Fox Sports media day at the Phoenix Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

While it’s still too early to tell, Rob Gronkowski is making his case for the upcoming NFL MVP.

He refuses for it to be a quarterback.

“I don’t think there’s a deserving quarterback right now,” Gronkowski told Fox News. “There could be at the end of the year if someone picks up their play and is very, very consistent with it.”

The play-caller market isn’t what it typically is at the moment. And sure, perhaps former New England Patriots star Gronkowski is used to Tom Brady winning the honor year after year. But there’s more to it than that.

Patrick Mahomes, even with a non-characteristic season, is always in MVP talks. Texans’ C.J. Stroud had a lot of momentum as he entered talks for the prestigious honor, but he had since fallen back in recent games and now is in the league’s concussion protocol.

Gronkowski believes someone with a different skill set should be the guy this season. He mentioned one in particular. A history-making running back with the 49ers.

“What about Christian McCaffrey?” Gronkowski asked. “I mean, let’s give it to a skill player for once. These quarterbacks, they just hand it to them because they’re the most popular players out on the field at the most important position, that’s for sure. No doubt about that. But there’s no one that’s consistent enough this year that is well-deserved to get it. ”

Head coach Kyle Shanahan would agree with the veteran tight end. He said McCaffrey is a “legitimate MVP candidate” earlier this month, adding, “he’s as valuable in this league as anyone.”

Just following his Sunday performance alone, the 27-year-old McCaffrey surpassed the 10,000 career scrimmage-yard milestone in his 88th career game. He became only the seventh player in NFL history to record 10,000 scrimmage yards and 75-or-more touchdowns in his first 90 games.

“So let’s give it to a skill player, Christian McCaffrey, a guy like him,” Gronkowski said. “He’s been scoring touchdowns every single game besides one, and he boosts the San Francisco 49ers like no other. When he’s out, they lost those games. So let’s give it to McCaffrey. He’s well deserving.”

There’s certainly a case for McCaffrey, and he himself believes he’s playing his best season of football. And he has Gronkowski in his corner.

[Fox News]

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