It is now nearly as official as official gets with the New England Patriots agreeing to trade veteran tight end Rob Gronkowski to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Tuesday afternoon. With “Gronk” coming out of retirement en route to Tampa Bay, the Patriots legend will, of course, team back up with Buccaneers newcomer and future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady.
Gronkowski currently has one year and $10 million in salary remaining on his contract, one that he intends to honor upon formally making his way from New England to Tampa Bay. It is also worth noting that a future seventh-round NFL Draft pick with be headed from New England to Tampa Bay alongside “Gronk” with the Patriots receiving just a fourth-round pick in return.
With the dust only beginning to settle and the buzz all but calm right now, Brady himself recently took to social media to react to the massive trade that has rejuvenated the sports world in a matter of seconds.
Upon retiring after the conclusion of the 2018 campaign, one that saw the Patriots win yet another Super Bowl title, Gronkowski never really shut the down completely on a return to the NFL. However, he did make it pretty clear that the only quarterback that would ever throw him a pass moving forward would be the aforementioned Brady.
.@TomBrady just posted that, seems happy @RobGronkowski is going to play with him on the @Buccaneers pic.twitter.com/bEDxuu0ZjB
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) April 21, 2020
On the flip side of things, the Buccaneers now have a trio of highly talented tight ends in Gronkowski, O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate. Obviously, “Gronk” will top the depth chart at this position for Tampa Bay while the respective fates of Howard and Brate remain uncertain at this time.