The New England Patriots have agreed to trade retired tight end Rob Gronkowski to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This deal reunites him with quarterback Tom Brady as a result. Gronkowski’s agent Drew Rosenhaus confirmed the trade Tuesday to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
“He tells me he feels fantastic, the best he’s ever felt,” Rosenhaus said. “His weight’s back up to 260. He passed his physical with flying colors today.”
“He’s just really excited about playing football again,” Rosenhaus adds. “And being in Florida is exciting for him.”
30-year-old Gronkowski had one year and $9 million remaining on his deal with the Patriots. The Patriots net a fourth-round pick, while the Bucs receive a seventh-round pick as part of the trade.
Tampa Bay and nowhere else
Tampa Bay was the only place that Gronkowski was willing to play, according to the Boston Herald. NBC Sports also reported that Brady played a large role in the Bucs’ exploration of a trade for Gronkowski.
The Patriots have just two tight ends on their roster, in Matt LaCosse and Ryan Izzo. The Patriots own the 23rd overall pick in the draft. They won’t be able to make another draft pick until the 87th overall pick in the third round.
Gronkowski announced his NFL retirement on March 24, 2019, after nine seasons in the league alongside Brady. As a result, the duo would win three Super Bowl championships.
Gronkowski was a second-round selection in the 2010 NFL Draft from Arizona. Currently, he has 521 receptions for 7,861 yards and 79 touchdowns in 115 regular-season games.
“I’m back. I always said when I have that feeling and it feels right, I will be ready to take the field again,” Gronkowski said in a text message to FOX Sports Tuesday. “And I have that feeling. I’m ready.”
This extended edition of this original article from Midwest Sports Network comprises of information from the Associated Press, the New York Times, ESPN, The Post, Fox Sports, and United Press International.
Additional content provided by Jake Leonard.
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