Rob Gronkowski, the former Arizona Wildcats standout who retired from the NFL after the 2018 season, is looking at making a comeback according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport:
Sources: Retired #Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski has told New England that he’s interested in playing football again — and would want to do it with the #Bucs and QB Tom Brady. A trade would have to be worked out for this to happen.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 21, 2020
ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting the New England Patriots—who hold his rights—and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers—where his longtime quarterback Tom Brady signed as a free agent this offseason—have already agreed to a deal, pending a physical.
Trade, pending physical: Patriots are trading TE Rob Gronkowski and a seventh-round pick to the Buccaneers for a fourth-round pick, source tells ESPN.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 21, 2020
The 30-year-old Gronkowski, who played at the UA from 2007-09, was arguably the best tight end in the league during his nine-year pro career with the New England Patriots despite multiple injuries. In just 115 games he had 521 catches for 7,861 yards and 79 touchdowns, adding another 12 TD catches in the playoffs while also picking up a trio of Super Bowl.
Since retiring from football Gronk has remained in the spotlight, spending time as an analyst on football studio shows and making a foray into pro wrestling. He served as “host” of Wrestlemania 36 and ended up winning the 24/7 championship belt along the way.