Bucs head coach Bruce Arians made an appearance on the Pat McAfee show last week where he talked with his former Colts punter about the current state of the Bucs, including his newest players Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski.
Each addition was a huge deal for the Bucs, and while the Brady signing had some rumors behind before the it actually happened, the trade for Gronkowski came almost instantly on a whim. Arians revealed to McAfee the thought of Gronkowski to the Bucs wasn’t even on his radar until Brady spoke it into existence.
“I think the big thing was when he brought up Gronk, that he wanted to play again,” Arians said. “That was like, ‘Was that for real?’ And one thing led to another, we got in touch with the Patriots, got the compensation, and he was ready to roll.”
"When he brought up Gronk that he wanted to play again, that was like.. Is that for real? One thing lead to another we got in touch with the #Patriots, got the compensation, and he's ready to roll" @BruceArians talking with @TomBrady and trading for Gronk #PatMcAfeeShowLIVE pic.twitter.com/fYhTP0fHgx
— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) May 7, 2020
Arians went on to explain that this information came to light after Brady was signed to the Bucs. He also discussed the process of teaching the playbook to new players during this pandemic, building a team and chemistry without practices, holding virtual meetings and more.
You can watch the entire episode of the Pat McAfee show here