By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers acquired tight end Rob Gronkowski in a trade with the New England Patriots. And Gronkowski is expected to return to the field in 2020.
Besides receiving a future Hall of Famer, the Buccaneers also received a 2020 seventh-round draft pick. In exchange, Tampa Bay gave up a 2020 fourth-round draft pick.
Gronkowski has one-year, $10 million left on his contract. Tom Brady played a huge role in helping this deal happen.
According to ESPN’s Dianna Russini, this deal came together pretty quickly. She said that the two teams have been talking the last few days.
Gronkowski has reportedly been working out with Brady recently.
With the Buccaneers, Gronkowski joins an already stacked offensive attack. Also, he gets to be reunited with Brady, who he was teammates with in New England.
Brady signed a two-year, $50 million deal with the Buccaneers in the off-season. Since Brady signed, there has been some speculation that former Patriots and other players around the league would want to join the Buccaneers.
This also means the end of O.J. Howard’s tenure with the Buccaneers. Howard has been mentioned in trade talks lately, but, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, there are no pending deals in place for Howard.
The 25-year-old was a first-round pick with the Buccaneers during the 2017 NFL Draft. In three seasons, Howard has been a disappointment, as he has 94 career receptions for 1,456 yards and 12 touchdowns.