In a whirlwind of activity that came out of nowhere on Tuesday, the New England Patriots have agreed to trade recently un-retired tight end Rob Gronkowski and a seventh round pick to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a fourth round pick, pending a physical, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Trade, pending physical: Patriots are trading TE Rob Gronkowski and a seventh-round pick to the Buccaneers for a fourth-round pick, source tells ESPN.
It is unclear whether the Bucs were trading their earlier fourth round pick (No. 117) or their later fourth round pick (No. 139) to acquire Gronkowski. For that matter, it is also unknown which of the Patriots two seventh round picks, No. 231 or No. 242, is being included in the trade.
The pending trade caps off an insane 40 minutes in which NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport kicked off the news cycle by announcing that not only was Rob Gronkowski suddenly planning to un-retire, but he was doing so in order to reunite with Tom Brady in Tampa Bay, not to return to New England.
40 minutes later, the trade was officially announced by Schefter, with Rapoport later adding that Gronkowski had already taken his physical, and as long as there were no red flags, the trade would become official shortly.
#Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski has taken his physical already, sources say. So the trade should happen: Gronk and a 7th for a 4th rounder.
Gronkowski last saw the field in 2018, when injuries had clearly slowed him to a degree, which was a major part of his decision to retire last March. Time will tell if Gronkowski can return to his dominant on-field form now that he has taken some necessary time away from the game to recover physically, but the reuniting of perhaps the two best players at their positions in NFL history in Brady and Gronk can’t help but get us all a little excited for a fun season in Tampa Bay.
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