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Rob Gronkowski returns to NFL, reunites with Tom Brady in Tampa Bay

FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - JANUARY 13: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots and Rob Gronkowski #87 react during the second quarter in the AFC Divisional Playoff Game against the Los Angeles Chargers at Gillette Stadium on January 13, 2019 in Foxborough, Massachusetts.
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Rob Gronkowski is returning to the NFL after a trade that sends him to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to reunite with Tom Brady.

Reunited and it feels so good they look so old. This isn’t the quarterback-tight end tandem of a decade ago, one that saw a young whippersnapper play opposite Aaron Hernandez with powerful glee.

No, no. This is a quarterback-tight end connection featuring a grand total of 72 years on this Earth. (At least we think all 72 years were experienced on this planet.)

According to Jay Glazer of FOX Sports, Rob Gronkowski is returning to the NFL and will run it back with Tom Brady in Tampa Bay with the Buccaneers.

“Just heard from Gronk, already took his physical for Bucs, trade not completed but he’s coming back for Bucs if all goes through.”

Gronkowski’s agent, the (seemingly) immortal Drew Rosenhaus, confirmed the news later in the day, via Adam Schefter of ESPN.

“Pending the physical, Rob has agreed to play for Tampa this season,” Rosenhaus said. “He will honor his current contract at this time.”

The New England Patriots received a fourth-round selection from the Bucs in exchange for the burly tight end and a seventh-rounder.

Gronkowski, 30, is undoubtedly one of the greatest tight ends to ever lace ’em up. Playing nine seasons in New England, the Arizona product tallied 7,861 yards and 79 touchdowns on 521 total hauls. He’s also an excellent run blocker, which helps offenses in an under-the-radar fashion.

The man who retired prior to the 2019 season (and eventually sat out all year) will reunite with the only quarterback he’s essentially ever known as a pro. With O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate, to go along with Mike Evans and Chris Godwin outside, Tom Brady’s weapons can only be described as beyond stellar.

After just one sole NFL season, Rob Gronkowski is officially back and New York Jets aren’t really upset about it one bit (to thunderous applause).

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