The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made another blockbuster move on Tuesday afternoon with the acquisition of star tight end Rob Gronkowski, who decided to come out of retirement. There was plenty of chatter regarding that possibility over the last several months around Gronkowski since he stepped away from the game. It was the ideal scenario to play alongside the star quarterback that pushed him to make his return. However, that was a situation that had some heavy influence by Brady to make it happen.
Bucs acquire Rob Gronkowski
Since Gronkowski announced that he was retiring from the NFL after nine seasons, there was always lingering chatter about him coming back to the league.
It was never a scenario that he ever completely shut down as the overwhelming belief was that the 30-year-old would get the itch to play again. That all came to fruition quickly on Tuesday as it was reported that he informed the New England Patriots that he wanted to play with the Brady in Tampa Bay.
Within the hour of that report surfacing, the Buccaneers put together a trade to land the Pro Bowler and a seventh-round pick in exchange for a fourth-round selection. What made the process smoother was that Gronkowski had already undergone a physical that he passed without any complications.
The move pairs Brady and Gronkowski together for a 10th season and potentially longer than that. The star tight end is on the final year of his deal that will pay him $10 million. It was a trade that all came together quickly with the aid of Brady, making a strong internal push to make it happen.
Tom Brady’s push to land Rob Gronkowski
It’s well known that Brady and Gronkowski has established a strong connection on and off the field.
That played a significant part in helping string together the trade to land the All-Pro tight end in Tampa Bay. According to Melanie Collins of CBS Sports, Buccaneers’ head coach Bruce Arians voiced that the move was all Brady’s idea and was persistent with the subject with general manager Jason Licht.
That shouldn’t come as much of a surprise as there were previous rumors that floated around that the 42-year-old was letting interested teams know that he wanted Gronkowski to join him wherever he landed. He may have stepped away from the game, but it had become quite clear that the only scenario that would see him return would be playing next to Brady.
The pieces seemingly fell in place for the Buccaneers to get Gronkowski on a relatively light deal that only required them to unload a fourth-round pick.
What can Rob Gronkowski bring in 2020
With Gronkowski now on board, the biggest question will be what to expect from him after taking a year off from playing football.
It’s something that could work in both directions as it allowed his body to recuperate from the physical wear. Meanwhile, it will also need him to get back into “football” shape that will require him to gain back the muscle mass he trimmed down from over the last several months.
Nonetheless, that shouldn’t be much of a concern as Gronkowski has continued to work out in his brief retirement. He has an opportunity to step right back in to be a significant factor in the passing game with Brady in Tampa Bay.
Gronkowski will provide an immediate boost in the running game as he’s proven to be one of the best blocking tight ends. Meanwhile, there won’t be significant pressure on him to be the primary passing game weapon as the Buccaneers already feature two Pro Bowl wideouts in Mike Evans and Chris Godwin.
All of this should shape up for Gronkowski to put forth a promising comeback campaign.