The fireworks weren’t supposed to start until draft night on Thursday, but Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski had different plans.
According to a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the New England Patriots have dealt the supposedly retired Rob Gronkowski to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, for a 4th-round pick.
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.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 21, 2020
The move reunites Gronkowski with his former quarterback Tom Brady, greatly strengthening Tampa’s chances of making a championship run in 2020. The Bucs will also receive a 7th-round pick in the trade.
“Gronkowski, according to [his agent, Drew] Rosenhaus, will honor his contract [with New England], which has one year remaining at a $9 million salary,” Pro Football Talk reports. “He also has per-game roster bonuses of $750,000 and a $250,000 workout bonus, pushing his total potential compensation to $10 million.”
The deal will not become official, however, until Gronkowski passes a physical. Though, According to Rosenhaus, Gronkowski has already taken the physical and is merely awaiting results.
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