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.
“Tom Brady told interested suitors that he wanted to bring Gronk with him wherever he signed.” @RapSheet— The Greg Hill Show (@TheGregHillShow) April 22, 2020
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.
Just got off the phone with Bruce Arians- he told me the idea to bring Gronk to Tampa was Tom’s. And although he wasn’t sure it was going to be possible, Brady kept pushing with Gronk! Jason Licht reached out to NE to find out what it would cost to get him. The rest is history!— Melanie Collins (@Melanie_Collins) April 22, 2020
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.
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.
Good morning, Tampa Bay pic.twitter.com/uxFUKdPGSe— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) April 22, 2020
Most interesting of all, though? It was Brady’s idea all along.