Rob Gronkowski expects Tom Brady to explore his options

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Like just another pair of football fans hanging out, Rob Gronkowski and Jimmy Johnson discussed Tom Brady‘s future on Monday night. Except Gronkowski has more insight into Brady than most.

“Gronkowski and I were talking about it last night,” Johnson said Tuesday during the Fox Sports news conference. “He thinks he’s going to explore his options. I personally think he’ll stay right there in New England. I don’t know, though.”

Gronkowski spent nine years with Brady before the tight end retired after the 2018 season. Brady doesn’t appear ready to retire, but free agency looms in March.

Thus, Brady could end up finishing his career elsewhere.

“I really haven’t talked to Tom like that. I did talk to him after the game. Just talked,” Gronkowski said. “Wasn’t even all about football. Some of it was just about life. But you know, I truly believe he deserves the opportunity to go explore and see what’s out there. He’s been playing for so long, and just the way he’s been playing and the level he’s been playing at, he definitely deserves an opportunity to go out there and test the market. I mean, why wouldn’t you? You’ve never done it before in your career, and he’s going to be a free agent for the first time ever. So good for him. Go test out the market and then do what’s best for himself. That’s the decision he has to make is what’s best for himself; what’s best for his family; what he feels like he’s going to love. That’s all up to Tom. He’s a grown man, and he’ll be able to make that decision on his own.”

Joe Montana, who spent his final two years in Kansas City after a Hall of Fame career in San Francisco, publicly advised Brady to finish his career in New England.

After 20 years with the Patriots, Brady would look strange in another team’s uniform.

“You know it’s always strange no matter who the player is,” Gronkowski said. “If you see a player playing on a team for 10 years and go to another team, it’s always strange at first. But you know everyone gets used to after a little bit. It would definitely be strange, I would say, if that happens. For a couple of weeks, it may be strange. But everyone adapts like any other time it happens.

56 responses to “Rob Gronkowski expects Tom Brady to explore his options

  1. In other news, Rob Gronkowski is trying to stay relevant 1 year into his retirement. Kittle is the new Gronk, bye-bye old Gronk.

  2. Please, no more Brady what-if stories. Nothing is real news until: A) he signs a new contract, or B) the new league year starts. The speculation is getting annoying, we can wait 6 weeks.

    Thank you in advance!

  3. why would he test the market at 43 after 20 years with the same time. Stupid. It will be a circus if he switches teams, especially if he goes to the chargers, ugh.

  4. daytontriangles says:
    January 28, 2020 at 4:18 pm
    Brady’s best option is to retire a Patriot, be that now or in a year, and then let the various networks throw millions at him to be an analyst.

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    You don’t know what’s best for Tom Brady at all.

  5. It just doesn’t make sense for a 42 year old player to test the market unless he feels that his current team no longer wants to make a commitment to him.

  6. There arent a ton of options. He needs a team ready to compete, with an opening at QB or a QB the team would be ready to move on from. So no rebuilding teams or teams with young QBs they just invested in. No team with a QB thats strongly anchored.

    I know some ppl speculate the Raiders. I dont like it but OK. Then what else? I think LA Chargers, Saints best option if Brees retires, Colts possible, Bucs possible. Bears maybe but they already said they are commited to Trubisky for 2020.

  7. Will Tom stay or will Tom go?
    When we hear it from Tom, then we will know.
    Another month of suspense, stay strong Pats nation
    Until then, it’s all speculation.

  8. Tom. Talk to the Chargers. They need a marquee player going into a new season with a brand new stadium and they must increase their following in the L.A. market. They have a pretty solid team right now and you could probably get $75 million over two years in a heart beat. Rivers was shown the door and you hold the cards Thomas. Play em’. They need you more then you need them.

  9. No way Brady “tests the market”. If he hits free agency, he is 100000% gone.

    If Pats do not re-sign Brady before March 18th, he carries a $13mil cap hit next year against the Pats no matter where he plays or even if he retires.

    Pats would not be able to afford him next year if he “tests the market” and then wanted to come back.

  10. What a lunkhead.
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    We all agree that you are. A very jealous lunkhead at that.

  11. Just want to remind everyone this will come down to money and what Brady wants out of the last 2 seasons of his career.

    I also don’t think it’s illegal for Kraft to verbally commit to Brady getting a piece of ownership AFTER Brady retires, as part of this current negotiation.

    In other words, this Brady likely looking for the ego stroke, otherwise it makes absolutely no sense to uproot your family for just 1-2 years of inferior environmental support within an organization.

    We’ll know soon, though. The deadline appears to be on the table so Brady can’t hijack NE’s FA pool of money and cap situation (regardless of what that is). Gronk did that and I am pretty sure it wasn’t well received by management.

  12. Chill_Mickelson says:
    January 28, 2020 at 4:45 pm
    No way Brady “tests the market”. If he hits free agency, he is 100000% gone.

    If Pats do not re-sign Brady before March 18th, he carries a $13mil cap hit next year against the Pats no matter where he plays or even if he retires.

    Pats would not be able to afford him next year if he “tests the market” and then wanted to come back.

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    Correct.

    We’ll know prior to 3.18.

    No way BB is taking on a cap hit without knowing he’s actually choosing to leave. It’s about the knowledge of the dollars that you’re working with there more than anything.

  13. Just a “what if…”…. I personally don’t want to see this as a Dolphins fan. What if the Dolphins draft and red shirt Tua, then use about 30 mill of that 100+ mill cap space to not only bring in Brady, but Gronk as well? Gronk lives in and loves Miami, Brady has always said he loves Miami as well. Dolphins could then focus the rest of the draft on lineman, bring in some FA (Trent Williams?) and would be in business. They already have a great WR Corps and an above average secondary / LB corps…. so.. what if? Again.. as a Dolphins fan I DO NOT want this to happen.. but with Brain Flores and a bunch of other former NE coaches on staff… it would be a huge kick in the nuts to Bill Belichek.. which may be the entire point.

  14. He’ll announce that he’s going to stay in NE as soon as Kraft orders Rog to give him a seventh ring.

  15. Who would want him? No one. I don’t even think Belichick wants him back.
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    You clearly want him in your patriotmaleorgy. Brady, Chung, Kraft, Gronk….

  16. “Please, no more Brady what-if stories.”

    Lol better close your eyes and ears for the next several weeks when it comes to sports news. There will not only be “more”, there will be huge numbers of them from the collective media.

  17. “Brady’s best option is to retire a Patriot, be that now or in a year, and then let the various networks throw millions at him to be an analyst.”

    I can’t say as I know what Brady wants to do after football, other then expand his TB12 brand dramatically, but I think its pretty safe to say he will not have any interest in being an analyst.

    The guy and his wife are worth something like 750 million already, he’ll be looking for bigger things than a TV job

  18. People around NE keep talking about Brady being frustrated at the lack of receiving corp this season and that Brady is holding BB hostage, more or less making his decision based on whether or not he has better veteran talent going into next season.

    This is false. Tom was irritated before the season even began because of the way his contract negotiations transpired.

    If Antonio B had stayed with Patriots and were heading to another SB, Tom would still be irritated with his lack of 3 yr contract.

    I don’t think he is necessarily looking for another SB or more money, he just wants to keep playing with a multi yr deal.

    I think he’s being stubborn if that’s what he wants. It is asking a lot of a team to sign a QB to age 45.

    His best situation is in NE, in this division, on a year to year basis.

    Tom’s concern is whether BB will be okay with this. BB should be, there is no one else to step into Tom’s shoes.

    Stay put.

  19. johnnycantread says:
    January 28, 2020 at 5:16 pm
    Please, not my team.
    Go Geritol it up on some other team, geezer.
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    John…you write the same response every time. “Not my team.”
    But you have admitted you don’t actually support any team.

    You really are pathetic.

  20. I’d happily take Brady and Gronk on my Bears but I’d also like a winning lotto ticket and a super model wife. I’m not that lucky! Or I’m too greedy maybe…

  21. 150bigdaddy says:
    January 28, 2020 at 7:15 pm
    I’m going to say this for the last time
    BRADY AIN’T LEAVING NEW ENGLAND
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    His playing days with the Patriots may or may not be over, but it they are, he sure as hell isn’t going to be playing for any other team.

  22. Brady will end up “on his back” with the “LA” Chargers as they have np offensive line. Spanos is not spending that kind of money $75 million for two years.

  23. There is not another team in the league that will give Brady a better chance to win than the Patriots. He’s not going anywhere. Do you honestly think he’d leave the most successful franchise in the history of the game to go to the Chargers? Lol c’mon man!

  24. Brady should retire because his skills have diminished to the point where he can qualifas a backup and he sees ghosts in the pocket. Your daddy, Kraft wants you back. But your sneaky coach wanted you gone 2 years ago. Right now you are handcuffing the Pats. They need to build to the future. You are only in the way.
    If he stays with NE, it will be another year of everyone making excuses for him, which is sad. And if he goes to another team, it will be a comedy of errors. Either way, I will have my popcorn ready and don’t even like comedies.

  25. Getting a little tedious reading these constant reminders that Brady is 42. Yes we know his chronological age but obviously he’s not playing like 42 year old. Brady is more like a 36 year old QB with a few good years left. Remember, if not for some bad calls against the Chiefs, the Pats have a bye and at least make the AFC Championship.

  26. Tom Brady sold his house…Tom resigned from his charity Best Buddies after 16 years as the Co Chair of that charity….Tom’s personal trainer sold his house….Tom’s personal trainer bought a house that’s within an hours drive to the Chargers new stadium…Tom’s throwing coach lives in that area…Philip Rivers is no longer under contract with the Chargers, and he sold his house and bought a home in Florida, and then moved his entire family to Florida. Tom Brady IS LEAVING NEW ENGLAND and will sign with the Chargers IT’S A DONE DEAL FOLKS. Tom’s trainer didn’t move all the way to California if Tom is going to be going back to the Pats. He needs Alex in order to play, and Alex isn’t going to commute all year from California to Foxboro…Done deal folks Tom is gone

  27. Ya never know with the Redskins, but I am fairly certain Trent will not be a Free Agent in 2020. He might even play for the Skins if they settle their Bruce Allen derived disagreement.

  28. Brady doesn’t owe the Patriots or fans anything. He’s given them everything and was underpaid for it. I could see why if he decides to test the waters elsewhere. At 42, though, his best option is probably just to hang up the cleats.

  29. Brady doesn’t owe the Patriots or fans anything. He’s given them everything and was underpaid for it. I could see why if he decides to test the waters elsewhere. At 42, though, his best option is probably just to hang up the cleats.

  30. nite2al says:
    January 28, 2020 at 8:47 pm

    Brady should retire because his skills have diminished to the point where he can qualifas a backup and he sees ghosts in the pocket. Your daddy, Kraft wants you back. But your sneaky coach wanted you gone 2 years ago. Right now you are handcuffing the Pats. They need to build to the future. You are only in the way.
    If he stays with NE, it will be another year of everyone making excuses for him, which is sad. And if he goes to another team, it will be a comedy of errors. Either way, I will have my popcorn ready and don’t even like comedies.
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    Sure, backups throw for 4,000 yards all of the time. Is A. Rodgers a backup?- because there stats are almost identical. Is Jimmy G. a backup?- other than comp. %
    similar stats, except Brady doesn’t throw Interceptions like Jimmy.

    Brady had 4 Wide Receivers either get kicked off the team within 4 games or not being available or on the team until the final quarter of the season. Point to 1 QB who has that and can still make the playoffs?

    Give Brady Thomas and Kamara, or Deebo, Samuels and Kittle, or Hill and Kelce and tell me Brady is a backup.

    Bill has messed up the O roster the last 2 years, and has drafted horribly on offense- this isn’t on Brady

  31. Chill_Mickelson says:
    January 28, 2020 at 4:45 pm
    No way Brady “tests the market”. If he hits free agency, he is 100000% gone.

    If Pats do not re-sign Brady before March 18th, he carries a $13mil cap hit next year against the Pats no matter where he plays or even if he retires.

    Pats would not be able to afford him next year if he “tests the market” and then wanted to come back.

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    You completely miss the point. TB12 controls the narrative here, because they allowed it in his contract last year. If he wants to hit the market, he damn well will. And he will undoubtedly make the team tell him or show him how they will address the various issues from this year’s offense before he signs. I doubt he will leave, but he can. But if he wants to stay, he can now force the team to make certain roster moves to keep him.

  32. When Kobe Bryant passed away you saw the impact he had in LA and fans calling the Staples center The house that Kobe Built and there was a time Kobe contemplated leaving lakers but wisely stayed.That’s how I feel about Brady with the Patriots. He cant leave Gillett Stadium its the house that Brady Built.My opinion Kraft needs to figure how to come up a resolution

  33. As much as I would like to see Brady go to a team out of our division, I think he will stay in New England. Not so much because that’s where he wants to be, but because I believe the market for his services is more limited than he thinks. The good teams that need a good QB are very limited. They generally have a QB that they like and trust and won’t want to spend the money for a QB with maybe only a couple years left. And he won’t want to go to the bad teams that may be interested. So my guess is he stays in NE.

  34. Gronk can’t follow Brady to a new team. There are rules and the Patriots still own his rights because there is another year left on his contract. He can only follow Brady if the Pats trade him to a new team.

  35. mzew233 says:
    January 28, 2020 at 4:21 pm
    I expected you to be posting about the IMpeachment hearings Charean, not football.

    Tom will STAY in New England. No Question.
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    I know if your a fan of the guy you want to believe this, but just look to what was provided for Tom to work with on offense from the head coach / defacto GM. Nothing, and his track record for drafting offensive play makers …well…not good. I know Harry was hurt this year, but his recent high picks on offense are duds. Then you start trading picks to division rivals for O Line help and cut them the next week? I get he is the best coach of all time, but nobody else in the leauge could get away with this but Bill because of the power he has been given in NE.

    You are in your 40’s, can still play at a high level and you have Julian Edelman as your #1 weapon (all respect due), you might start evaluating your options.

  36. He’ll stay. But even if he doesn’t, at least we won’t stoop to wearing those split jerseys like Colts fans did with their hilarious Colts-Broncos jerseys. No wonder Luck never felt loved and eventually got booed into retirement.

  37. If he stays with NE, it will be another year of everyone making excuses for him, which is sad. And if he goes to another team, it will be a comedy of errors. Either way, I will have my popcorn ready and don’t even like comedies.
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    The Ravens will continue to lay an egg in the playoffs year after year, regardless of what Brady decides to do. Guess we can all have our popcorn ready.

  38. It’s simple, pay the man. If he tests free agency some team that’s a QB away from a championship with sufficient cap space will pay him 60-70 million for a two year contract, and there’s a couple of those type of teams out there too. Pats will have to match that, 30-35 million per year minimum. So pay up Patriots, and to quote cousin Eddie, don’t get cheap on me!

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