April 22 (UPI) — Tom Brady made it recognized that he needed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to trade for Rob Gronkowski earlier than the NFC South workforce acquired the star tight finish.

Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians informed CBS Sports activities Wednesday that it was the star quarterback’s thought to trade for Gronkowski, and Brady “stored pushing” his new workforce to make the transfer.

Buccaneers basic supervisor Jason Licht known as the New England Patriots on Tuesday to facilitate a trade for Brady’s former teammate.

Brady posted a video on social media Wednesday to rejoice the choice. He included a video reference to the film Anchorman, which concerned a conch shell name to Gronkowski. The reused clip from a 2016 video included a cameo from the long run Corridor of Fame tight finish after he answered Brady’s name.

“Time to run it again,” Brady stated, with Gronkowski’s social media deal with included within the submit.

Additionally, Buccaneers tight finish Jordan Leggett had his jersey quantity modified from No. 87 to No. 81 so Gronkowski might put on his former quantity in Tampa Bay.

Gronkowski brings one other proficient go catcher to the Buccaneers. Brady’s new solid of receivers additionally embody Chris Godwin, Mike Evans, O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate.

“[Gronkowski] tells me he feels incredible, the very best he is ever felt,” Gronkowski’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, informed ESPN Tuesday. “His weight is again up to 260. He handed his bodily with flying colours [Tuesday].

“He is simply actually enthusiastic about taking part in soccer once more, and being in Florida is thrilling for him.”

Gronkowski and Brady have been teammates for 9 seasons whereas with the Patriots earlier than Gronkowski took a break from soccer after the 2018-2019 season. They’d teamed up to win three Tremendous Bowls.

Gronkowski — a five-time Professional Bowl choice and four-time All-Professional — labored as a wrestler for the WWE earlier than he agreed to return to the NFL.

“Congratulations to Rob Gronkowski, the present WWE 24/7 [wrestling tournament] champion, on his return to soccer,” the WWE stated Tuesday.

As 24/7 champion, opponents can problem Gronkowski at any time to steal the title. The WWE joked that Gronkowski even could possibly be challenged subsequent season throughout a landing celebration.

Earlier 24/7 bouts have occurred on an airplane and golf course. A WWE referee has to be current to affirm a victory and make a three-count to finish the combat.

“Anytime, anyplace,” the WWE stated in its congratulatory notice.

Gronkowski, 30, has one yr left on his NFL contract. The Buccaneers despatched the Patriots a fourth-round decide within the 2020 NFL Draft in trade for Gronkowski and a seventh-round decide.

“Rob Gronkowski is likely one of the greatest tight ends in NFL historical past and he performs the sport with the kind of ardour and want that units him aside,” Licht stated in a information launch. “Rob has performed his whole profession alongside Tom Brady and their accomplishments communicate for themselves.

“Collectively they’ve developed the kind of chemistry on and off the sector that’s essential to success. Rob combines elite-level abilities as each a receiver and blocker however what actually makes him particular is the truth that he is a confirmed winner who brings that championship mindset and work ethic.”

Gronkowski has the 28th-most landing receptions in NFL historical past.