He's Back: Rob Gronkowski reportedly returning to NFL, teamming up with Tom Brady
Rob Gronkowski couldn’t stay away from football. After a one-year hiatus away from the sport, the star tight end will be making a return to the NFL.
On Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that Gronkowski was interested in a return to the NFL as early as the 2020 season, despite retiring before the 2019 season kicked off. Earlier in the day, the New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers worked on a trade to send the retired tight end to Tampa. Gronkowski still had one year remaining on his contract with the Pats.
Later in the day, Schefter reported that, pending a physical, New England agreed to send Gronkowski and a seventh-round pick to Tampa in exchange for a fourth-round selection. That means Gronkowski will be reuniting with Brady in Tampa.
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
Brady opted to leave the Patriots earlier this offseason and finish his career with the Buccaneers.
Schefter also reported that Tampa Bay was the only franchise Gronkowski was interested in playing for next season. As long as he passes the physical, he’ll return after a year off to form one of the best quarterback-tight end tandems in the NFL again.
Prior to his retirement, Gronkowski played in 112 career games with 521 catches for 7,861 yards and 79 touchdowns. In the playoffs, he has 81 receptions for 1,163 yards and 12 touchdowns.