The New England Patriots have agreed to industry Rob Gronkowski to the Buccaneers in a deal that reunites the retired tight finish with Tom Brady in Tampa Bay.

Gronkowski’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, stated Tuesday on SportsCenter that the five-time Professional Bowler has been “in point of fact invigorated” bodily since he retired from soccer just about 13 months in the past.

“He tells me he feels unbelievable, the most productive he is ever felt,” Rosenhaus stated. “His weight’s again as much as 260. He handed his bodily with flying colours nowadays. He is simply in point of fact eager about enjoying soccer once more, and being in Florida is thrilling for him.”

Gronkowski informed Fox Sports activities in a textual content message: “I am again. I all the time stated when I’ve that feeling and it feels proper, I can be in a position to take the sphere once more. And I’ve that feeling. I am in a position.”

Gronkowski, who turns 31 subsequent month, has twelve months and $nine million ultimate on his present take care of the Patriots.

The Buccaneers introduced the main points of the industry in a news release Tuesday. New England will obtain a fourth-round pick out (No. 139 general) within the NFL draft, and the Buccaneers will obtain a seventh-round pick out (No. 241 general) within the industry.

“Rob Gronkowski is among the highest tight leads to NFL historical past and he performs the sport with the kind of hobby and want that units him aside,” Buccaneers normal supervisor Jason Licht stated in a commentary. “Rob has performed his complete occupation along Tom Brady, and their accomplishments discuss for themselves. In combination they have got evolved the kind of chemistry off and on the sphere this is an important to luck.”

Tampa Bay used to be the one workforce Gronkowski used to be prepared to finish his retirement to play for, a league supply informed Schefter.

Rosenhaus additionally famous on SportsCenter that “enjoying with Tom Brady clearly is very large” and stated Gronkowski contacted him about becoming a member of Brady in a while after the superstar quarterback left the Patriots for the Buccaneers closing month.

“In a while after Tom Brady went to Tampa, Rob and I had a dialog that it is a state of affairs that may be interesting to him,” Rosenhaus stated. “Clearly, this used to be a deal that New England had to be ok with, Tampa had to be ok with. This wasn’t with reference to Rob. All of the events concerned needed to lend a hand.”

Gronkowski introduced his retirement on March 24, 2019, after a nine-year occupation all over which he gained 3 Tremendous Bowls with New England and used to be some of the league’s maximum colourful personalities.

Like Brady, Gronkowski hasn’t performed for any workforce rather than the Patriots.

“He loves New England,” Rosenhaus stated. “He loves the Patriots group, trainer [Bill] Belichick, the Krafts, his teammates which can be nonetheless there. He had a great run in New England.

“It used to be simply time for him to proceed his occupation with Tom Brady in Florida, with Tampa. It used to be one thing cool and thrilling and difficult to him. He is well-rested and having a look ahead to enjoying with Tom once more.”

New England enthusiasts may have an opportunity to observe Gronkowski and Brady up shut once more if they are each nonetheless with the Bucs in 2021, when Tampa Bay is scheduled to play the Patriots in Foxborough.

Brady, who signed a two-year deal value $50 million with Tampa Bay, will revel in arguably his highest selection of passing goals in additional than a decade with Gronkowski now within the fold. Tampa Bay has O.J. Howard, the topic of more than one fresh industry rumors, and Cameron Brate at tight finish and Professional Bowl extensive receivers Mike Evans and Chris Godwin.

Licht used to be requested about Gronkowski all over his pre-draft information convention closing week.

“Neatly, he is doing an attractive excellent activity with WrestleMania at the moment,” Licht stated, relating to Gronkowski’s 24/7 title won earlier this month at WrestleMania 36. “I do not know if he would need to play. I will stay this at the draft at the moment as a result of that is like asking about some other participant on some other roster.”

Buccaneers trainer Bruce Arians isn’t identified for in depth use of the tight finish within the vertical passing recreation, however the industry is an instance of ways Brady’s presence may have an effect on Arians’ playbook. Arians and Brady have each discussed how excited they’re to collaborate.

The Patriots recently have two tight ends on their roster — Matt LaCosse and Ryan Izzo — and the location initiatives as one among their most sensible wishes.

The Patriots personal the No. 23 pick out within the draft after which do not pick out once more till 87th general, within the 3rd around.

Information of Tuesday’s industry impacted futures making a bet at the Buccaneers at Caesars Sportsbook, the place Tampa Bay’s odds of profitable the Tremendous Bowl advanced from 17-1 to 14-1. The Bucs’ odds of profitable the NFC additionally fairly advanced from 8-1 to 7-1 at Caesars.

ESPN’s Jenna Laine and Mike Reiss contributed to this file.


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