Rob Gronkowski comes out of retirement and traded to Buccaneers by Patriots
Gronkowski has been traded to the Buccaneers (Photo: Michael Reaves)

Rob Gronkowski has come out of retirement and will link back up with quarterback Tom Brady as the New England Patriots have traded the tight end to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

It has been reported by NFL insider Adam Schefter that the Buccaneers will receive Gronkowski and a seventh-round pick in exchange for a fourth-round pick. 

Gronkowski retired back in March 2019, ending an illustrious nine-year career with the Patriots, in which he was a four-time First Team All-Pro and five-time Pro Bowl selection.

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Gronkowski comes out of retirement and links up with Brady

There were always questions looming whether Gronkowski could stay retired. The tight end has elected to come out of retirement and told the Patriots that he wanted to be traded to the Buccaneers. 

Shortly after the news broke that Gronkowski wanted to play in the NFL again, it was announced that the Patriots and Buccaneers had come to an agreement. The tight end still has one-year on his deal with New England, so the team still held his rights. 

Gronkowski recently said “I’m not totally done” on ‘Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen', which suggested that he may well make a remarkable return to the NFL. 

During the nine seasons with the Patriots, Gronkowski made 521 receptions for 7,861 yards and 79 touchdowns. He is one of the best tight ends to play the game, but recently moved into the WWE and appeared as the host of WrestleMania earlier this month. 

Gronkowski had four 1,000-yard seasons with the Patriots and also won four Super Bowl's with the team. The Buccaneers have strengthened their offense further that has tight ends OJ Howard and Cameron Brate

Can Brady and Gronkowski win their fourth Super Bowl together? Can the pair do that without Bill Belichick? It’s set to be an exciting season down in Tampa Bay.