Bucs’ GM: ‘Rob Gronkowski is one of the best tight ends in NFL history’

Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski are back together, and now, the Buccaneers could have one of the best offenses in football. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have acquired  Gronkowski as part of a trade with the New England Patriots, the team announced today. The Buccaneers sent a fourth-round selection (No.139 overall) in the 2020 NFL Draft in exchange for Gronkowski and a 2020 seventh-round pick (No. 241 overall).

Before retiring after the 2018 NFL season, the 30-year-old Gronkowski spent all nine of his NFL seasons (2010-18) in New England, winning three Super Bowls with the Patriots during that time, while earning five Pro Bowl selections.

Gronkowski and Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady spent nine seasons together in New England, combining for 78 touchdowns, a mark which ranks second all-time among quarterback-tight end connections and fifth in league history among all quarterback-receiver duos. The 7,786 regular season passing yards accumulated from Brady to Gronkowski also rank second among all quarterback to tight end combinations, trailing only Philip Rivers/Antonio Gates (9,352).

“Rob Gronkowski is one of the best tight ends in NFL history, and he plays the game with the type of passion and desire that sets him apart,” said Buccaneers General Manager Jason Licht. “Rob has played his entire career alongside Tom Brady, and their accomplishments speak for themselves. Together they have developed the type of chemistry on and off the field that is crucial to success. Rob combines elite-level skills as both a receiver and blocker, but what really makes him special is the fact that he’s a proven winner who brings that championship mindset and work ethic.”

With the addition of Gronkowski, it should be interesting to see what happens with TE O.J. Howard, who had been rumored to be on the trading block. It should be interesting to see if he is dealt during Thursday’s draft.

Obviously, anytime you acquire Brady, you are all in, and right now, it’s clear that the Buccaneers are all in. Gronk might have some rust to dust off, but that year away from football might have done him some good mentally and physically.

Sadly, Gronk will now have to relinquish his WWE 24/7 title that he won at Wrestlemania 36, but that should not be much of an issue. 

For now, with wideouts Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, and the additions of Brady and Gronkowski, it’s happy times in Tampa Bay!