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Tom Brady told teams he, Rob Gronkowski were package deal

Rob Gronkowski stunned the NFL world by coming out of retirement to join longtime teammate Tom Brady on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Was the reunion a part of Brady’s master plan all along?

NFL Media insider Ian Rapoport suggested as much during an appearance Wednesday morning on “The Greg Hill Show” on Boston’s WEEI radio. According to Rapoport, Brady was telling teams interested in signing him in free agency that he and Gronkowsi were essentially a package deal.

Bucs head coach Bruce Arians has since confirmed the acquisition of Gronkowski was entirely Brady’s idea, as relayed by Melanie Collins of CBS Sports.

Gronkowski last played during the 2018 season, but has consistently refused to entirely rule out a return to the NFL. Brady unsurprisingly is thrilled with renewing his incredibly successful partnership with Gronk.

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Brady and Gronkowski combined for 521 connections for 7,861 yards and 79 touchdowns across nine seasons, so the quarterback’s excitement is understandable.

The Bucs acquired Gronkowski and a seventh-round pick from the Patriots in exchange for a fourth-rounder. It goes without saying that the Bucs are as excited over Gronk’s arrival as their new six-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback.

Most interesting of all, though? It was Brady’s idea all along.