Gronkowski passed a physical, making his trade from New England to Tampa Bay official, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. As expected, the last hurdle has been completed in the transaction. Gronkowski comes out of retirement to join forces with Tom Brady once again, from whom he caught 78 touchdowns in nine seasons while with the Patriots. The Buccaneers' tight end room now is jam-packed, as Gronkowski get added to a group that already includes O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate, among others. Considering his rapport with Brady, Gronkowski immediately vaults up the ranks of fantasy TEs, but the soon-to-be 31-year-old will have to compete with the aforementioned duo plus the stellar WR combo of Mike Evans and Chris Godwin for targets in 2020.
Gronkowski has already taken a physical in Boston, and while he's awaiting the official results, the tight end reportedly feels that he'll pass it "with flying colors," Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Assuming no unexpected snags with his physical, the deal sending Gronkowski and a seventh-round draft pick to the Buccaneers in exchange for a fourth-rounder will soon become official. Once it is, he'll join a tight end corps that already includes O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate, though even prior to Tuesday's news, there were rumors about Howard potentially being on the move. Gronkowski, who turns 31 next month, last played in the NFL in 2018, but the year away from the game could well benefit him, considering the pounding his body took during his nine seasons with the Patriots. Now that he's about to be reunited with QB Tom Brady, Gronkowski re-enters the fantasy realm as a player who could return to elite status at his position, assuming he can avoid injuries in 2020.
The Patriots have agreed to trade Gronkowski and a seventh-round pick to the Buccaneers for a fourth-round selection, pending a physical, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Gronkowski to Tampa Bay went from rumor to reality quickly. According to Jay Glazer of Fox Sports, Gronkowski informed him that he's already taken a physical with the Buccaneers, meaning this deal may be official in short order. Gronkowski will rejoin former teammate Tom Brady to provide another threat to an offense that was explosive before his arrival.
The Patriots and Buccaneers have reportedly been discussing a possible trade involving Gronkowski, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. Though Gronkowski is currently retired, the Patriots hold his playing rights. Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the tight end has been putting on weight with an eye toward returning to the NFL, specifically in order to play with QB Tom Brady in Tampa Bay. Rapoport adds that a deal could potentially happen before Thursday's draft.
Gronkowski said "you never know" when he was asked about coming out of retirement on TSN.ca relays via Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen. "I'm feeling good right now," Gronkowski said. "I'm happy where I'm at, and you just never know, man... I'm not totally done. I like to stay in shape, but I've got to get that feeling back." Gronkowski hasn't directly addressed rumors that he might emerge from retirement to join Tom Brady in Tampa Bay, but the 30-year-old did acknowledge that he could resume playing football at some point. On the other hand, Gronkowski has stayed busy since he left the Patriots after the 2018 campaign, with his recent work including a WWE 24/7 championship belt. Meanwhile, Buccaneers tight end O.J. Howard has also been the subject of rumors, with Michael Lombardi of The Athletic (via Greg Auman) reporting that Howard is on the trade block, potentially creating an opening for Gronkowski to reunite with Brady.
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|1||09/13||@New Orleans Saints||8||6.12|
|4||10/04||Los Angeles Chargers||11||6.25|
|6||10/18||Green Bay Packers||14||6.78|
|7||10/26||@Las Vegas Raiders||0.00|
|8||11/03||@New York Giants||25||8.00|
|9||11/09||New Orleans Saints||8||6.12|
|11||11/24||Los Angeles Rams||20||7.25|
|12||11/29||Kansas City Chiefs||21||7.32|
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