Rob Gronkowski
TE TB (13)
Tue 6/23/20 6:57 PM

Gronkowski was one of approximately a dozen Buccaneers players to participate in a workout at Berkeley Preparatory School on Tuesday, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

Gronkowski's long-time teammate in New England, Tom Brady, has regularly convened a group of Bucs players at the school for the last several weeks, a practice that continues despite concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The prolific tight end began participating in the sessions over a week ago and has been among a collection of skill position players that also includes Mike Evans and Chris Godwin running a full array of pass routes. Despite the presence of accomplished incumbents O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate, Gronkowski is expected to be the top option at the position due to both his talent and extensive history with Brady.

Rob Gronkowski
TE TB (13)
Tue 4/21/20 6:23 PM4 Comments

Gronkowski passed a physical, making his trade from New England to Tampa Bay official, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

As expected, the last hurdle has been completed in the transaction. With the decision to come out of retirement, Gronkowski joins forces with Tom Brady, from whom he caught 78 touchdowns in nine seasons together with the Patriots. The Buccaneers' tight end room now is jam-packed, as Gronkowski joins a group composed of O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate, among others. Considering his rapport with Brady, Gronkowski immediately vaults up the ranks of TEs in terms of fantasy, but the soon-to-be 31-year-old will have to compete with the aforementioned duo plus the stellar WR combo of Mike Evans and Chris Godwin in 2020.

Rob Gronkowski
TE TB (13)
Tue 4/21/20 5:21 PM

Gronkowski has already taken a physical in Boston, and while he's awaiting the official results, the tight end reportedly feels that he'll pass it "with flying colors," Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

Assuming no unexpected snags with his physical, the deal sending Gronkowski and a seventh-round draft pick to the Buccaneers in exchange for a fourth-rounder will soon become official. Once it is, he'll join a tight end corps that already includes O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate, though even prior to Tuesday's news, there were rumors about Howard potentially being on the move. Gronkowski, who turns 31 next month, last played in the NFL in 2018, but the year away from the game could well benefit him, considering the pounding his body took during his nine seasons with the Patriots. Now that he's about to be reunited with QB Tom Brady, Gronkowski re-enters the fantasy realm as a player who could return to elite status at his position, assuming he can avoid injuries in 2020.

Rob Gronkowski
TE TB (13)
Tue 4/21/20 4:27 PM

The Patriots have agreed to trade Gronkowski and a seventh-round pick to the Buccaneers for a fourth-round selection, pending a physical, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

Gronkowski to Tampa Bay went from rumor to reality quickly. According to Jay Glazer of Fox Sports, Gronkowski informed him that he's already taken a physical with the Buccaneers, meaning this deal may be official in short order. Gronkowski will rejoin former teammate Tom Brady to provide another threat to an offense that was explosive before his arrival.

Rob Gronkowski
TE TB (13)
Tue 4/21/20 4:05 PM

The Patriots and Buccaneers have reportedly been discussing a possible trade involving Gronkowski, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

EDGE Analysis

Though Gronkowski is currently retired, the Patriots hold his playing rights. Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the tight end has been putting on weight with an eye toward returning to the NFL, specifically in order to play with QB Tom Brady in Tampa Bay. Rapoport adds that a deal could potentially happen before Thursday's draft.

Rob Gronkowski
TE TB (13)
Tue 4/21/20 10:56 AM

Gronkowski said "you never know" when he was asked about coming out of retirement on TSN.ca relays via Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen. "I'm feeling good right now," Gronkowski said. "I'm happy where I'm at, and you just never know, man... I'm not totally done. I like to stay in shape, but I've got to get that feeling back."

EDGE Analysis

Gronkowski hasn't directly addressed rumors that he might emerge from retirement to join Tom Brady in Tampa Bay, but the 30-year-old did acknowledge that he could resume playing football at some point. On the other hand, Gronkowski has stayed busy since he left the Patriots after the 2018 campaign, with his recent work including a WWE 24/7 championship belt. Meanwhile, Buccaneers tight end O.J. Howard has also been the subject of rumors, with Michael Lombardi of The Athletic (via Greg Auman) reporting that Howard is on the trade block, potentially creating an opening for Gronkowski to reunite with Brady.

Rob Gronkowski
TE TB (13)
Mon 12/2/19 1:51 PM

Gronkowski is not eligible to return to action this season, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

This expected outcome became official Saturday afternoon, at which time the deadline for Gronkowski's potential reinstatement in 2019 passed. Per the report, the tight end will next be eligible to consider resuming his playing career following the Super Bowl. With that, Ben Watson and Matt LaCosse will continue to head the Patriots' tight end corps.

Rob Gronkowski
TE TB (13)
Tue 11/19/19 12:10 PM

Gronkowski said Tuesday that he has no plans to play football in 2019, but he hasn't ruled out a return to the NFL at some point in the future, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports. "I wouldn't say never coming back,'" Gronkowski said. "I'm 30 years old. I'm young. I still stay fit, still watch the game whenever I can, still enjoy it. I'm feeling good, but you know, one year off could possibly be the case. Or maybe two years off."

EDGE Analysis

Gronkowski announced his retirement in March, but given his relative youth and the fact that he was still playing at a high level in 2018, rumors have popped up intermittently in the ensuing months that he could resume his career. If the tight end intended to play in 2019, Reiss notes that Gronkowski would have to inform the NFL by Nov. 30, making it fairly safe to conclude that he'll be taking the entire season off. Expect more rumors regarding Gronkowski's plans for 2020 to surface throughout the upcoming offseason.

Rob Gronkowski
TE TB (13)
Fri 10/11/19 10:04 AM

Though Gronkowski has previously indicated he doesn't have plans to resume his playing career, during a pre-game interview on NFL Network Thursday night, Patriots owner Robert Kraft expressed his hope that the tight end might reconsider that stance, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

EDGE Analysis

Meanwhile, Gronkowski -- who has yet to file his retirement papers, per Kraft -- made his debut Thursday night as a FOX Sports analyst. When asked about Kraft's comments and the possibility of embarking on a comeback at some point, Gronkowski replied, "I would have to be feeling it, feeling it big-time to come back. It's always going to be open in my mind...I love the game of football. I love playing the game. I love being around the game. I even love watching the game of football now." While Gronkowski doesn't seem close to changing his mind at this stage, the fact that he's not entirely closing the door to that idea could make it tempting for those in leagues with ample roster space/flexibility to consider stashing the tight end. That said, such a move would be speculative and require an acknowledgement that it's still something of a longshot Gronkowski returns to the 6-0 Patriots in time to make a fantasy impact in 2019.

Rob Gronkowski
TE TB (13)
Tue 10/8/19 12:58 PM

Gronkowski has accepted a broadcasting position with Fox Sports as an NFL analyst, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

EDGE Analysis

The new role adds further fuel to the notion that Gronkowski isn't planning to resume his playing career, though at 30 years old, he still has plenty of time to revisit a comeback at some point down the road. Gronkowski will make his debut for Fox this week as part of Thursday Night Football, when his former Patriots squad will be matching up with the Giants.