The New England Patriots have agreed to trade Rob Gronkowski to the Buccaneers in a offer that reunites the retired tight conclusion with Tom Brady in Tampa Bay.
Gronkowski’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, mentioned Tuesday on SportsCenter that the 5-time Pro Bowler has been “seriously invigorated” physically due to the fact he retired from football almost thirteen months in the past.
“He tells me he feels fantastic, the best he is at any time felt,” Rosenhaus mentioned. “His weight’s back up to 260. He passed his physical with traveling colours currently. He is just seriously excited about taking part in football yet again, and remaining in Florida is enjoyable for him.”
Gronkowski instructed Fox Sporting activities in a textual content information: “I am back. I often mentioned when I have that experience and it feels correct, I will be all set to choose the subject yet again. And I have that experience. I am all set.”
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Gronkowski, who turns 31 subsequent month, has one year and $nine million remaining on his present offer with the Patriots.
The Buccaneers declared the particulars of the trade in a news launch Tuesday. New England will receive a fourth-round decide (No. 139 in general) in the NFL draft, and the Buccaneers will receive a seventh-round decide (No. 241 in general) in the trade.
“Rob Gronkowski is one of the best tight finishes in NFL background and he plays the sport with the sort of passion and wish that sets him apart,” Buccaneers basic supervisor Jason Licht mentioned in a assertion. “Rob has played his entire job alongside Tom Brady, and their accomplishments communicate for on their own. Alongside one another they have created the sort of chemistry on and off the subject that is important to good results.”
Tampa Bay was the only staff Gronkowski was keen to conclusion his retirement to play for, a league supply instructed Schefter.
Rosenhaus also mentioned on SportsCenter that “taking part in with Tom Brady certainly is massive” and mentioned Gronkowski contacted him about joining Brady soon soon after the star quarterback left the Patriots for the Buccaneers final month.
“Soon soon after Tom Brady went to Tampa, Rob and I experienced a discussion that this is a condition that would be pleasing to him,” Rosenhaus mentioned. “Certainly, this was a offer that New England experienced to feel very good about, Tampa experienced to feel very good about. This wasn’t just about Rob. All the get-togethers involved experienced to be in agreement.”
Gronkowski declared his retirement on March 24, 2019, soon after a nine-year job throughout which he received three Tremendous Bowls with New England and was one of the league’s most colorful personalities.
Like Brady, Gronkowski hasn’t played for any staff other than the Patriots.
“He loves New England,” Rosenhaus mentioned. “He loves the Patriots group, mentor [Bill] Belichick, the Krafts, his teammates that are still there. He experienced an awesome run in New England.
“It was just time for him to keep on his job with Tom Brady in Florida, with Tampa. It was a thing amazing and enjoyable and challenging to him. He is effectively-rested and searching forward to taking part in with Tom yet again.”
New England followers could have a possibility to enjoy Gronkowski and Brady up shut yet again if they are the two still with the Bucs in 2021, when Tampa Bay is scheduled to play the Patriots in Foxborough.
Brady, who signed a two-year offer worth $50 million with Tampa Bay, will appreciate arguably his best assortment of passing targets in far more than a ten years with Gronkowski now in the fold. Tampa Bay has O.J. Howard, the subject of a number of recent trade rumors, and Cameron Brate at tight conclusion and Pro Bowl wide receivers Mike Evans and Chris Godwin.
Licht was requested about Gronkowski throughout his pre-draft news meeting final week.
“Nicely, he is doing a rather very good task with WrestleMania correct now,” Licht mentioned, referring to Gronkowski’s 24/seven title received earlier this month at WrestleMania 36. “I have no thought if he would want to play. I am going to continue to keep this on the draft correct now mainly because which is like inquiring about a further participant on a further roster.”
Buccaneers mentor Bruce Arians is not acknowledged for comprehensive use of the tight conclusion in the vertical passing sport, but the trade is an illustration of how Brady’s presence could effect Arians’ playbook. Arians and Brady have the two mentioned how excited they are to collaborate.
The Patriots now have two tight finishes on their roster — Matt LaCosse and Ryan Izzo — and the placement projects as one of their top rated requirements.
The Patriots individual the No. 23 decide in the draft and then you should not decide yet again right until 87th in general, in the third round.
Information of Tuesday’s trade impacted futures betting on the Buccaneers at Caesars Sportsbook, in which Tampa Bay’s odds of profitable the Tremendous Bowl improved from 17-1 to fourteen-1. The Bucs’ odds of profitable the NFC also slightly improved from eight-1 to seven-1 at Caesars.
ESPN’s Jenna Laine and Mike Reiss contributed to this report.