Rob Gronkowski’s retirement was short-lived. He announced his retirement following the Patriots’ 2019 Super Bowl victory over the Rams. Shortly after, he agreed to be an analyst for Fox Sports.
Now, he is reportedly coming out of retirement and being traded from the Patriots to Tom Brady’s new team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Pats are also sending over a seventh round pick in exchange for a fourth rounder. The trade will go through after Gronkowski passes a physical.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the news via Twitter on Tuesday afternoon.
Trade, pending physical: Patriots are trading TE Rob Gronkowski and a seventh-round pick to the Buccaneers for a fourth-round pick, source tells ESPN.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 21, 2020
Before his retirement, “Gronk” was a five-time Pro Bowler and a four-time All Pro selection. He also won three Super Bowls with the Patriots. One of the premiere tight ends in the league, he dealt with a myriad of injuries and decided to step away from the NFL to protect his body.
The fact that Gronkowski wants to return and play with Brady again will no doubt drive speculation on the exact nature of his retirement from New England. It is also curious how little the Patriots gave up to give the Bucs and Brady his favorite weapon back.
Either way, pending a physical, there will be a reunion in Tampa Bay. With an already loaded offense, the Buccaneers seem poised to come out of the draft a very complete team.
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