REPORT: Buccaneers Acquire Rob Gronkowski To Reunite With Brady
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Tampa Bay continues to be the story of the offseason, this time making their impact with a trade involving New England
The Buccaneers upstaged the rest of the league during NFL free agency with the signing of Tom Brady, and a month later, they have done the same on draft week.
Reports are indicating that TE Rob Gronkowski is heading to Tampa to reunite with his old partner in crime from his days in New England.
As the football world prepared for the madness that is the NFL Draft scheduled to happen Thursday, a surprise blockbuster trade came about, seemingly taking the attention away from one of the league’s biggest night’s on its calendar.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Tuesday that the Patriots are sending Gronkowski and a seventh-round pick to the Buccaneers in exchange for a fourth-round pick.
Tampa Bay continues to be the story of the NFL offseason with the addition of Gronkowski, and will enter the draft with seven total selections, including the 14th overall pick which will be made on Thursday night.
Tight end O.J Howard remains on the Bucs roster for now, and could take a back seat in 2020 with the addition of the former Patriot. Howard can serve as the security blanket for Tampa Bay at the position in the case that Gronkowski’s well documented injury history becomes an issue.
NFL Network’s Ian Rappoport made the report that Gronkowski has completed a physical, with the results pending.
With the 14th overall selection in the upcoming draft, the Bucs can potentially add another top-end offensive player to its roster. One of Jerry Jeudy, CeeDee Lamb and Henry Ruggs III can be the wide receivers on the board when Tampa Bay is on the clock.
But with Tampa Bay’s already loaded receiver core both byway of quality and quantity, selecting an offensive tackle with their first round pick seems the most logical.
Protecting Tom Brady with strong offensive line play will be vital in 2020. For the Bucs, the line was already an area of concern, and with the addition of both Brady and Gronkowski, the “win now” mode Bucs will look to ensure the protection is there.
Alabama’s Jedrick Wills Jr. or Iowa’s Tristian Wirfs are unlikely to be on the board when Tampa Bay is on the clock, but offensive line options like Houston’s Josh Jones, Georgia’s Andrew Thomas or Louisville's Mekhi Becton are more feasible at 14th overall.
Whoever it is that is selected will be responsible for protecting Brady and ensuring the 43 year-old quarterback can continue winning divisions--but this time not the AFC East, the NFC South.
Joining Brady on the Bucs offence are an abundance of talented receivers, ready to provide the greatest of all time with much more than what the weapons in New England provided a year ago.
WR: Mike Evans, Justin Watson
WR: Chris Godwin, Scott Miller
TE: Rob Gronkowski, O.J Howard
RB: Ronald Jones