April 21 (UPI) — The New England Patriots agreed to trade retired tight finish Rob Gronkowski to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Tuesday, reuniting the four-time All-Professional with star quarterback Tom Brady.
League sources advised ESPN and NFL Media that New England will obtain a fourth-round decide on this week’s NFL Draft in alternate for Gronkowski and a seventh-round choice. The groups have but to affirm the deal, however Gronkowski has handed his bodily for the Buccaneers.
Tampa Bay was the one staff that Gronkowski was keen to finish his retirement to play for, in accordance to ESPN. The five-time Professional Bowl pass-catcher, who turns 31 subsequent month, has one 12 months and a base wage of $9 million remaining on his present take care of the Patriots.
Gronkowski will honor his present contract, in accordance to NFL Media, that means he’ll play in 2020 on a one-year deal value about $10 million.
“He tells me he feels improbable, the very best he is ever felt,” Gronkowski’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, stated. “His weight’s again up to 260. He handed his bodily with flying colours at present. He is simply actually enthusiastic about enjoying soccer once more, and being in Florida is thrilling for him.
“… Shortly after Tom Brady went to Tampa, Rob and I had a dialog that this can be a scenario that may be interesting to him. Clearly this was a deal that New England had to be ok with, Tampa had to be ok with. This wasn’t nearly Rob. All of the events concerned had to have the same opinion.”
Gronkowski introduced his retirement from the NFL on March 24, 2019, after enjoying 9 seasons alongside Brady in New England. Throughout his time with the Patriots, “Gronk” was one of many league’s most colourful personalities and gained three Tremendous Bowl championships.
The Patriots chosen Gronkowski within the second spherical of the 2010 NFL Draft out of Arizona. Since coming into the league, he has recorded 521 receptions for 7,861 yards and 79 touchdowns in 115 profession regular-season video games.
“I am again. I all the time stated when I’ve that feeling and it feels proper, I will likely be prepared to take the sphere once more,” Gronkowski stated in a textual content message to FOX Sports activities on Tuesday. “And I’ve that feeling. I am prepared.”
Brady, who signed a two-year, $50 million contract with the Buccaneers earlier within the low season, can have a number of weapons to goal this season following the acquisition of Gronkowski. Tampa Bay already has O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate at tight finish together with Professional Bowl wideouts Mike Evans and Chris Godwin.