Rob Gronkowski agrees to play for the Buccaneers

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Yes, it’s happening.

Tight end Rob Gronkowski is ending his one-year NFL retirement and returning to football. According to his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, Gronkowski has agreed to play for the Buccaneers in 2020.

The Buccaneers have in turn agreed to send a fourth-round pick to the Patriots for the rights to Gronkowski. New England is also sending a seventh-rounder to Tampa Bay.

Gronkowski, according to Rosenhaus, will honor his contract, which has one year remaining at a $9 million salary. He also has per-game roster bonuses of $750,000 and a $250,000 workout bonus, pushing his total potential compensation to $10 million.

Obviously, Gronkowski will reunite with Tom Brady in Tampa Bay. Even more obviously, Brady’s decision to sign with the Bucs played a huge rule in Gronkowski emerging from retirement and joining Tampa Bay.

Gronkowski could have screwed the Patriots by unretiring and blowing up their cap situation, putting them over the spending limit and forcing them to cut him. He still has a good relationship with the Patriots, however, which kept him from making an aggressive move like that.

119 responses to “Rob Gronkowski agrees to play for the Buccaneers

  1. The guys got three brain cells left, but maybe the time off healed this body, now he’s going to have to sue Vince McMahon to get out of his contract

  2. I will come off the couch right now and throw 40 TDs in that offense. Him and howard on the inside, and maybe the best WR tandem in the league. With a top notch run defense too. Contenders

  3. Gronkowski could have screwed the Patriots by unretiring and blowing up their cap situation, putting them over the spending limit and forcing them to cut him.
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    Wouldn’t he then be subject to waivers? Meaning the Panthers or any other team could have claimed him and blocked him from going to the Bucs?

  4. How much lead time does Gronk get before the league starts testing him? He’s looking a bit, umm, small.

  5. He’d rather retire in his prime than play for Bill Belichick. Maybe Brady had more to do with NE’s success than the “Patriot Way” after all.

  6. My Raiders own Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski. Tampa Bay is going to choke, they can’t beat the Saints.

    #RaidersNation

  7. I’m curious to see how both these guys bodies hold up throughout the season. I wish them both all the best but just don’t see them being able to sustain the pounding their bodies will take all season. We’ll see? Definitely makes things more interesting with Gronk in joining the Bucs as well.

  8. bkinacti0n says:
    April 21, 2020 at 4:50 pm
    Gronkowski could have screwed the Patriots by unretiring and blowing up their cap situation, putting them over the spending limit and forcing them to cut him.
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    Wouldn’t he then be subject to waivers? Meaning the Panthers or any other team could have claimed him and blocked him from going to the Bucs?

    Waivers are only for players who aren’t vested veterans, OR all players after the trade deadline and until the regular season ends.

  9. The Patriots just got a 4th round pick for a guy who was retired and who had lost ALL of his playing weight, and there is no off-season training camp for Gronk to get any of that weight, and football toughness back. Add to that FACT Gronk was hurt for the last 3 years of his football career, and what you have is the Patriots stealing a 4th round pick from a team that just agreed to get a guy who’s all done. The Bucs are living in the past on this trade it’s a bad move on their part

  10. Gronk was a shadow of his former self 3 years ago. This will not go well.
    When he can’t get open is Brady gonna scream at him also, like everyone else?

  11. Hmmmm, NFC South looking very interesting. Looks like they key will be how much the Bucs can add to their O-line in the draft. The key is going to be protecting Brady which is something the Pats did by and large very well for two decades. Other division teams better be figuring out ways to make Tommy uncomfortable.

  12. I was always amazed at how much time Brady had to throw behind a Pats Oline. Curious if he’ll have the same protection in Tampa. Could he trouble for those aging legs…

  13. mlhigh77 says:
    April 21, 2020 at 4:55 pm

    And the Pats fans heads are exploding!

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    This Patriots fan is happy. Gronk wasn’t going to rejoin the Patriots anyway, and the Patriots got a 4th-round pick out of the deal. So good for the Patriots. And I’m looking forward to watching some Bucs games to see how things look with Brady, two great WRs and his old stalwart Gronk. The deal looks like a win/win to me.

  14. I am a Pats fan and wish both Tom and Gronk well. We had a two decade run. Time to say thank you and move on to life without them. Should be interesting.

  15. therealzeitgeist says:
    April 21, 2020 at 4:48 pm
    Julian Edelman so lonely right now.
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    Win! So good..

  16. I have memories of the Rolling Stones farewell tour…. the last one. M Jagger shuffling around. K Richards nodding off between guitar notes. Memories. Meanwhile Tommy is “working out” at a closed park in Florida.

  17. What happens if a challenger for his belt stands up in the crowd. And it turns out there is a referee present there in the crowd too. Per the rules of his title Gronk is required to fight the guy right there. So do they just stop the game and give them midfield? Resume play after?

  18. Gronk is washed up. Brady is a cheater and very old. If Bucs fans think they’re going to the Super Bowl this year, they are delusional.

  19. Good for him. Very surprised by this but the Bucs should have a vicious offense this season. Enjoy ’em while you have ’em!

  20. If a player is traded I think their salary should have to be counted in the team cap. So in this instance, trading Gronk would have forced the Pats create space cap space then trade him and collect the draft pick. Seems weird to me that a team can collect value and not have to make any corresponding cap moves.

  21. They are going to have to trade Brate or Howard this week. I see Howard going for a third round pick. Gronk and Brate is a scary tandem.

  22. atthemurph says:
    April 21, 2020 at 5:18 pm

    If a player is traded I think their salary should have to be counted in the team cap. So in this instance, trading Gronk would have forced the Pats create space cap space then trade him and collect the draft pick. Seems weird to me that a team can collect value and not have to make any corresponding cap moves.

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    Agreed, also when teams play the Packers the refs should be less bias towards the green and yellow waste management team. Too bad you and I don’t make the rules!

  23. So when Lane Johnson said they weren’t having fun in the Lord Bill regime…maybe TB12 & Gronk were listening..

  24. joetoronto says:
    April 21, 2020 at 4:53 pm

    My Raiders own Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski. Tampa Bay is going to choke, they can’t beat the Saints.
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    48-21.

  25. It will be VERY interesting if a guy who was hurt a bunch at around 270 but is now more like 240, will be able to play at the weight the same way or if he will need to get some mass back and if he can do it quickly enough.

    This should be very entertaining…

  26. Still won’t sniff a championship or touch the class of the league, the 49ers! I hope he and Brady get carted off to the sunset come this fall!

  27. Brady would be better served getting an Oline. NEs Oline was ranked #5 in pass protection. Bucs? 23rd. Do the math, TB.

  28. My Raiders own Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski. Tampa Bay is going to choke, they can’t beat the Saints.

    Your Raiders live out of tents. They own nothing. If they got wins for beating themselves, Superbowl!!!

  29. I do not really have a lot of respect for Gronk anyway. But this proves that he couldn’t handle being treated like a normal player. Too into himself. They’re just having fun. But the whole Tompa Brady silliness, and now Gronk decides his body can handle football again.. I honestly hope the Saints just light them up.

    That is a heck of a roster before the draft though. Their weakness on the Oline may be helped by a top heavy Tackle draft.

    That said, this isn’t the AFC East. Should be interesting.

  30. The big question is: will BA put Gronk on the field goal team like BB did?

    That and does Roger test for CBD?

  31. Does this mean we can expect to see his friend running on to the field to reclaim his WWE belt?

  32. Newsflash: not ever trade has a winner & loser.

    Bucs & Brady got a potential star at TE, and Pats got a 4th for basically nothing, since Gronk wasn’t going to play for them anyway.

    Bucs O could be scary good. Brady might just get his 7th yet, unless the season gets canceled or he has to face the Bills in the SB.

  33. This is the same Gronk that went on 60 Minutes and told the world how badly football rattled his brain, not to mention the rest of his body? How he does cognitive exercises to clear his head?

    I love Gronk but come on…

  34. v2787 says:

    Gronk is washed up. Brady is a cheater and very old. If Bucs fans think they’re going to the Super Bowl this year, they are delusional
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    Life-long 64 year old Pats fan here….. I’ll say it right now:

    The Bucs have a far better chance of making the playoffs this year than New England does.

  35. What’s next? Paul and Ringo reforming The Beatles? I love this move. Tampa Bay went from a who cares team to must see TV. I give them a lot of credit.

  36. Love it. One HOFer to another and with those two great outside receivers Tampa Bay and a stout D will be a must see TV. Maybe. If we have a season that is.

  37. It’s only April and folks don’t think he can get in shape before September? Heck, Gronk is probably in better shape now than all the off-seasons he’s had to have surgery and rehab. He may be older and slower, but he’s still better than probably all but 4-5 TEs in the NFL now. Seems to me both Brady and Gronk had just about had it with the BB way (not that its wrong cause look at the success) and wanted to try something different.

  38. Watch out Matt Gay….the footsteps you hear is Goskowski knocking on the Bucs door

  39. There gonna need all that offense to score points as there defense is atrocious. Bottom of the barrel in points allowed and opponents scoring in the red zone. A lot of holes to fill.

  40. I don’t think you “own” a team when they go the SB every year and yours doesn’t make the playoffs in a decade.

  41. $10 mil for what, 50 catches? And giving up a 4th round pick for a 1-year rental? Will the guy even play 50% of the season? Gotta wonder what OJ Howard is thinking.

  42. Arians has Never used a TE much in any of his offenses. Will be interesting to see what changes. Will be even more interesting if nothing changes

  43. they need to have Brady pin Gronk for the 24/7 title when he gets to the lockeroom

    6 rings and a title belt? Next stop WWE HOF for Brady.

  44. I do not think Gronk is washed up. I also do not think this is going to have much impact on the field. Yes I believe the Pats success is BB – not TB and certainly not Gronk. Guess we’ll start seeing that this year. But that isn’t it. It’s because football teams have 53 people on it.

    Sorry Bucs a 43 yo QB and a dude who hasn’t played in a year. Great marketing but does not a SB run make.

  45. Gronk looks like he’s already taken too many blows to the head. This won’t end well.

  46. Old coach that’s past his prime paired with a qb that’s also past his prime and you want to add a TE that’s also past his prime? Old Bruce better stock up on Icy Hot and HGH.

  47. Well this really makes the prospect of the season not happening that much more painful.

    Brady & Gronk on a new team, KC defending their title, nearing the last hurrah for a lot of the top QBs of the last 20 years, intriguing players in the draft – what a bummer it will be if none of it happens.

  48. If nothing else…Gronk can open up the field for RB’s and WR’s.
    Patriots get draft capital. Perhaps using more picks for a QB.
    This is providing there is a season this year.
    IMO..the NFL’s “B” schedule should be something like home and hone games within the division, then fill it in with same conference opponents.

  49. Pats fan here! Tom and Rob thank you for the memories! The trade is a win for both teams. We as fans had a hella 20 year run and it was just time to move on. I’ll have my popcorn ready watching Pats and Bucs games!!!

  50. nfliferfan22 says:
    April 21, 2020 at 5:30 pm
    Still won’t sniff a championship or touch the class of the league, the 49ers! I hope he and Brady get carted off to the sunset come this fall!

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    Wow….the next time something bad happens in your life, I want you to think about that comment. I find it embarrassing that someone so classless is a fan of my team

  51. Evidently sunny Florida is where it’s at. Ask all the swamp yankees from New England who have down there.

  52. 1. Gronk signs with the Bucs. 2. Pulls a hammie in training camp. 3. Plays 2 games and pulls the other hammie. 4. Goes home and collects the money while hanging out with his hommies. 5. Anounces his second retirement at a Las Vegas bash.

  53. To those saying Gronk is lighter. Well did it ever occur to you he may change his position to WR?

  54. So will goodell continue to cover for gronk using PEDs since he isn’t with his best friend Kraft’s cheating team any longer? That is the real question

  55. Those questioning Tampa Bay’s GM, I think, are overlooking the business side of these moves: ticket sales, TV revenue, local ad traffic, etc.
    Of course, it’s not realistic to go straight to the SB, but Tom is working on 2-3 years…and if Gronk has 2-3 years, and there are other moves to strengthen the team….well, that’s a different story. Meantime, the NFL, collectively, must be happy to see a new kid on the block stirring interest and ticket sales.

  56. “Arians has Never used a TE much in any of his offenses. Will be interesting to see what changes. Will be even more interesting if nothing changes”

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    Bruce Arians does a lot of things differently than McDaniels has in the last few years. The Bucs will adapt to their players, if they’re smart. Mike Evans is a bigger question than Gronkowski-brady is definitely going to throw to Gronk, that’s for certain. Godwin can run all the routes Brady will want. Evans likely can too, but so much of his production has come from the deep ball that he’ll have to adapt some to not seeing as many as he’s used to. The offense will cater to Brady and his strengths, and that’s not in question, because it’d be pointless to grab a 43 year old QB and making him change. Arians’ offense was gone the minute they signed Brady. We just have to see how comfortable they each will be with that, and how successful they can be.

  57. Oh Julian……please keep your cell phone charged and make sure to turn the ringer on!

  58. Wow. The disappointment when it fails will be incredible. I am going to lay money against the Bucs winning a Super Bowl. Get rich, I will.

  59. So is everybody going to keep pretending like both Brady and Gronk were shells of themselves the last time we saw both?

  60. realfootballfan says:
    April 21, 2020 at 6:34 pm
    So is everybody going to keep pretending like both Brady and Gronk were shells of themselves the last time we saw both?

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    They were shells of themselves. No pretending needed. The 2018 Pats D won that SB, allowing 3 points.

    Gronk could barely move.

    He was used mostly for blocking in 2018 and TB has absolutely not RBs. With no camp coming, not OTAs, it will blow up spectacularly. He’s also lost a lot of weight.

  61. atthemurph says:
    April 21, 2020 at 5:18 pm

    The Patriots paid Gronk what they had to and dealt with whatever cap ramifications when he retired. The reserve/retired list offers some protection from a fake retirement from a bad faith player and this is it.

  62. MuzzerFuzzer says:
    April 21, 2020 at 6:23 pm
    Did he already complete his Training “cycle” With Balco?

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    Let’s Peyton Manning about his process (and Goodell cover up), shall we?

  63. thermanmerman99 says:
    April 21, 2020 at 6:23 pm
    So will goodell continue to cover for gronk using PEDs since he isn’t with his best friend Kraft’s cheating team any longer? That is the real question

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    Let’s pull in Peyton Manning to answer that one….And Goodell. Remember when they sent in agents to Guyer to destroy files in 2015 to make sure NE could not go back to the SB?

    That was awesome!

  64. Patriots are looking to the future and the Bucs are looking to the past!
    I get a kick out all the Bucs fans that have trashed these 2 guys for a decade or 2.

  65. capegolfer says:
    April 21, 2020 at 5:49 pm
    There gonna need all that offense to score points as there defense is atrocious. Bottom of the barrel in points allowed and opponents scoring in the red zone. A lot of holes to fill.

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    BRady is clueless for not knowing the roster better before signing there. Poor OL, no RBs, etc.

    Horrible secondary, too.

    Good LBs, no doubt.

  66. jpk6044 says:
    April 21, 2020 at 5:23 pm
    Lane Johnson smiles at this news

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    Why would he be smiling? The Bucs are in the NFC, meaning the Eagles chances are basically zero of making the SB this year.

    But then, they were zero before this too….

  67. mlhigh77 says:
    April 21, 2020 at 4:55 pm
    And the Pats fans heads are exploding!

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    LOL! There are Pats fans and there are Brady/Gronk fans. The true Pats fans are happy to move forward.

  68. “That said, this isn’t the AFC East. Should be interesting”

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    You’re right. It’s easier than the AFC East.

  69. war27 says:
    April 21, 2020 at 4:10 pm

    Brady will be gone after one year. Gronk will be on IR by week 6. This is setting up to be a dumpster fire.

  70. It could work out for Gronk. If the Bucs keep Howard, Gronk won’t have to play tight end full time. That would save a lot of wear and tear on his body.

  71. catquick says:
    April 21, 2020 at 5:35 pm

    I give him 3 months before he gets bit by a shark.

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    You can’t REALLY expect Gronk to do something as mundane and conventional as that…

    “I give him 3 months before he rides a shark.”

    Fixed it for ya… ; )

  72. I don’t really see much discussion on here about Gronks skill as a blocker.

    The difference between New England’s run game in 2018 versus 2019 can be attributed just as much to the loss of Gronk as Devlin or Andrews. At his peak, he was a sixth offensive lineman when he blocked.

    Tampa is one tackle short of having a fairly robust offensive line, in a draft which is chock-full of top calibre tackles which should be available to them with their pick.

    They can pick up a RB in the 2nd or 3rd round or grab Fournette for probably a 4th or 5th.

    Yes, there are questions about Tampas secondary. But their offence has no apparent holes once the grab their tackle and RB.

  73. KoolAidFree says:

    The Patriots just got a 4th round pick for a guy who was retired and who had lost ALL of his playing weight, and there is no off-season training camp for Gronk to get any of that weight, and football toughness back. Add to that FACT Gronk was hurt for the last 3 years of his football career, and what you have is the Patriots stealing a 4th round pick from a team that just agreed to get a guy who’s all done. The Bucs are living in the past on this trade it’s a bad move on their part.

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    Time will tell.

  74. 42-14 Saints Win.

    42-7 Saints Win.

    Thanks for playing the Saints Win game our good friends in Tampa Bay

  75. 2ruefan says:
    April 21, 2020 at 5:28 pm
    It will be VERY interesting if a guy who was hurt a bunch at around 270 but is now more like 240, will be able to play at the weight the same way or if he will need to get some mass back and if he can do it quickly enough.

    This should be very entertaining…

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    Interesting to see how he plays hit. Might just add leaner mass to help with speed

  76. RealityCheck 25 says:
    April 21, 2020 at 6:56 pm
    Patriots are looking to the future and the Bucs are looking to the past!
    I get a kick out all the Bucs fans that have trashed these 2 guys for a decade or 2.

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    They are not looking at the past, they are looking at the now. This was a major butts in seats move, which is something Tampa Bay did need. Whether or not it results in a championship it should be good for generating fan excitement and interest for at least a couple years, after which all costs leave the books.

  77. Life long Patriots fan…Since 1968…I am ok with Gronk returning to the NFL.

    I am glad it is the NFC

    I am glad he gets to add to his own legacy with Tom Brady. That is a win-win for both guys.

    I am glad we got a 4th rounder giving us a lot of potential for more trades and positioning.

    What I am piss about with Gronk is he didn’t tell the Patriots before the draft and during free agency last season that he was retiring. That hurt our team in 2019. We had potential replacement Tight end that could have signed with us. Some didn’t want to not knowing Gronk status.

    I think it was childish “stick to the coach” tactic.

    Otherwise I wish him continued success. He is a great player to watch.

  78. tylawspick6 says:
    April 21, 2020 at 6:54 pm
    realfootballfan says:
    April 21, 2020 at 6:34 pm
    So is everybody going to keep pretending like both Brady and Gronk were shells of themselves the last time we saw both?

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    They were shells of themselves. No pretending needed. The 2018 Pats D won that SB, allowing 3 points.

    Gronk could barely move.

    He was used mostly for blocking in 2018 and TB has absolutely not RBs. With no camp coming, not OTAs, it will blow up spectacularly. He’s also lost a lot of weight.

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    BB would have lover to keep Gronk….but he can’t afford him. He has under $2M in cap space to sign all the rookies for whom he has accumulated draft picks. He will either need to trade away the picks or cut somebody else, probably Thuoney.

    You like to critisize Brady’s ego…..but let’s keep in mind that the genius BB is the same guy that benched Malcom Butler in the SB and basically gave away the game. A game in which Brady had perhaps the best SB of any QB in history.

  79. tylawspick6 says:
    April 21, 2020 at 6:57 pm
    capegolfer says:
    April 21, 2020 at 5:49 pm
    There gonna need all that offense to score points as there defense is atrocious. Bottom of the barrel in points allowed and opponents scoring in the red zone. A lot of holes to fill.

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    BRady is clueless for not knowing the roster better before signing there. Poor OL, no RBs, etc.

    Horrible secondary, too.

    Good LBs, no doubt.

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    Pats 2019 Offensive line and running game also were MUCH worse than 2018. Almost like Gronk was helping in that regard.

    2020 Tampa running game will be more effective with TB and Gronk. Pats running game will not unless DHarris or a draft pick becomes a stud. Sony is not a stud. They should have picked Nick Chubb instead, BB blew it.

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