Monday evening, Rob Gronkowski appeared on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen and surprised NFL fans, saying he was "not totally done" playing in the NFL. This led to multiple rumors about the tight end making a return to the league after retiring in 2019 and joining Tom Brady in Tampa Bay. Hours later, two teams agreed to a trade, pending a physical.
According to Adam Schefter, the New England Patriots will be sending Gronkowski and a seventh-round pick to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They will be getting a fourth-round pick back as compensation. This transaction was expected, but many NFL fans believed that it would happen on Thursday night as part of the 2020 NFL Draft. Instead, the deal took place on Tuesday and built up excitement for the Buccaneers.
When this news dropped, the fans reacted in a number of ways. Several laughed about the prospect of adding Gronk to the Buccaneers. Others were a little terrified. The Buccaneers already have Mike Evans and Chris Godwin as the top two wide receivers. Adding Gronkowski as a weapon in the middle of the field just felt unfair to some.
Bucs fans after finessing the pats: pic.twitter.com/ePgIPnY3pO— mink flow▫️ (@CurryPiston) April 21, 2020
Rest of the NFL pic.twitter.com/jEgr1jz290— Peter Griffin Burner (@PeterGriffinAcc) April 21, 2020
Good luck defending that 24/7 title on the gridiron pal— Jimmy's Famous Seafood (@JimmysSeafood) April 21, 2020
wwe weeping— Dylan Kanner (@DKanner10) April 21, 2020
TampRob Bay (tm)— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) April 21, 2020
I bet they keep OJ
Anybody remember Brady when he had Gronk & Aaron Hernandez
That combination was deadly— Redskins Rant (@RedskinsRant) April 21, 2020
LETS GOOOOO— BostonFan 1734 (@BostonFreak34) April 21, 2020
Im coming buccaneers fan this year good bandwagon— B Major💰🌴 (@BBucketss) April 21, 2020
Wth a 4th? He's worth a 1st— Jake D. (@Jd123tx) April 21, 2020
brady about to drop 5600 touchdowns— Alijah Tucker (@Chubbythug) April 21, 2020
This will make it even more hilarious when Brady goes 8-8— 𝘣𝘦𝘢𝘯 𝘣𝘶𝘳𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘰🌯 (@bordanjuff) April 21, 2020
Well, old retired people love Florida. The Bucs are accommodating two of them.— ChiefsJayhawksRoyals (@CJR16255) April 21, 2020