Rob Gronkowski reportedly reuniting with Tom Brady after Patriots and Buccaneers pull off shocking trade

After one year of retirement, it appears that Rob Gronkowski is ready to return to the NFL, and apparently, it won’t be with the Patriots. 

According to, the Patriots and Buccaneers have agreed to terms on a shocking trade that will bring Gronk out of retirement and send him to Tampa. In the deal, the Patriots will be sending Gronk and a seventh-round pick to the Buccaneers, and in return, New England will get a fourth-round pick from Tampa. 

What this all means is that GRONK IS COMING OUT OF RETIREMENT. According to, Gronk informed the Patriots this week that not only did he want to return to football, but he wanted to reunite with Tom Brady. The reason the two teams had to work out a trade for Gronk is because the tight end had one-year remaining on his contract when he called it quits following the 2018 season and since he didn’t play in 2019, that meant the Patriots still had him under contract for one more year.

One reason the Patriots were likely open to a deal is because of their precarious salary cap situation. As of April 21, the Patriots have roughly $2.1 million in salary cap space, which is a huge issue, because once Gronk comes out of retirement, New England would have to immediately make room for his $12 million cap hit. If the Patriots couldn’t make the room, then they would have two options: Trade him immediately or cut him.

Obviously, the Patriots chose to go with option one. Trading him away makes a lot of sense for the Patriots, because they’re a rebuilding roster that needs all the draft picks they can get. 

Although the Gronk news is absolutely shocking, there had actually been some rampant speculation about a potential Gronk return for nearly two weeks, and it all started the tweet below. 

Gronk had a chance to deny that wild rumor during a Monday interview on “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, but that not what happened. Instead, Gronk hinted at a potential return when he said that he might not be “totally done” with football. 

“I’m feeling good right now,” Gronkowski said. “I’m happy where I’m at and you just never know, man. You just never know. You never know. I’m not totally done … I got to get that feeling back.”

The Gronk rumors have been so persistent over the past few weeks that Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht was actually asked about the possibility of adding Gronk during a recent press conference, and he didn’t exactly shoot down the idea. 

“Well he’s doing a pretty good job in WrestleMania right now,” Licht said. “I have no idea if he’d want to play.”

Gronk isn’t just doing a good job in the WWE, he’s currently the 24/7 champion

At this point, it seems like a Gronk comeback is going to happen as long as the 30-year-old tight end can pass his physical, and according to, that’s already happened, so welcome back to the NFL, Gronk!” 

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