Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski are expected to be reunited with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the former delighted to be “running back” with his longtime New England Patriots teammate.
Just hours after Gronkowski hinted that he might be retiring from the NFL, it appeared that the 30-year-old was actually planning to return and was being traded between the Patriots and the Bucs. The deal was quickly finalized on Tuesday. The Patriots send Gronkowski and a seventh round draft pick in 2020 to Tampa Bay in exchange for a fourth round selection in 2020.
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After the exchange, the official NFL Instagram posted a video of Brady and Gronkowski smiling in 2019 after the Patriots defeated the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC championship game to reach the Super Bowl 53.
The clip, which was accompanied by P. Diddy’s “Bad Boy for Life,” included the caption “those two,” with Brady in the comments: “Run it back. “
Gronkowski retired in March 2019, shortly after Super Bowl 53, when he won his third ring and Brady his sixth. Last year, the close end was named to the all-time NFL 100th anniversary team with Brady. He is widely regarded as one of the best to have ever held this position.
A series of injuries forced Gronkowski to miss 29 of the 144 possible regular season games in his first nine years in the NFL, which he spent in New England with Brady. Gronkowski later said that it was the mental balance, rather than the physical difficulties, that had led him to call him one day.
Now, after recently winning the WWE 24/7 champion belt at WrestleMania 36 – which aired earlier this month – Gronkowski returns to the NFL to play alongside Brady again.