With each passing day, Patriots Nation seems to be fed a spoonful of a new reality.
On Tuesday, the New England Patriots agreed to a trade with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that sent previously retired Rob Gronkowski and a seventh-round pick to a reunion with Tom Brady in an exchange for a fourth-round selection.
Here are some of the core details surrounding this major trade including Gronkowski’s salary heading into 2020, how it compares to the other top players at his position, as well as some analysis into the deal.
How Much Will Gronk Make From the Bucs in 2020?
Per Greg Auman of The Athletic, Gronkowski’s agent Drew Rosenhaus confirmed his client will play out his current contract, which will pay him $10 million.
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Where Does Gronk’s Salary Rank Among Other NFL Tight Ends?
Gronk will be the fourth-highest paid tight end in the NFL in 2020, per OverTheCap. He comes in behind the Philadelphia Eagles’ Zach Ertz ($12.48 million), the Kansas City Chiefs’ Travis Kelce ($11.2 million), and Hunter Henry ($10.6 million). While Ertz and Kelce are in Gronk’s age bracket, the newest Buccaneer is the oldest of this group. He’ll be 31 next month.
Gronk was retired for the entire 2019 season. He signed a deal with WWE and is the professional wrestling promotion’s current 24/7 champion. He was seemingly content not playing in the NFL, but something had to ignite his desire to come back to the gridiron where he’d dealt with some injuries before walking away from the game.
Clearly, the lure of playing with Brady again was a huge part of it, but it’s interesting to see that this decision didn’t appear to be on the table until his former quarterback switched teams.
Gronkowski clearly showed his loyalty lies with Brady, and it makes you wonder if playing for the Patriots is part of the reason he retired at the age of 30.
Who Won the Gronkowski Trade?
The Bucs add a playmaker and some chemistry for Brady with the deal, and with Gronk, even more eyeballs on the franchise.
It’s easy to see how explosive the Bucs’ offense could be in 2020.
As impressive as that image is, let’s not easily dismiss what the Patriots accomplished with virtually zero leverage.
The trade doesn’t change the number of picks the Patriots have heading into the 2020 NFL Draft that begins on Thursday and runs through Saturday. The Patriots effectively turned a late-round selection into a mid-round pick by moving a player who had no intention of playing for them.
The Bucs might be headed for a great 2020 season, however, once you get past the name recognition, at the core, this is a great trade for the Patriots.
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