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Rob Gronkowski

Tom Brady’s trainer Alex Guerrero welcomes Rob Gronkowski to Tampa Bay

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Tom Brady is reuniting with Gronk, and trainer Alex Guerrero is pretty pumped about it.

Guerrero, who is Brady’s longtime trainer and a collaborator on the “TB12” fitness brand, welcomed Rob Gronkowski to the Bucs with an Instagram post on Tuesday.

“Welcome to Tampa Bay @gronk! Can’t wait to get it started out here,” Guerrero wrote.

Gronk was traded with a 7th-round pick by the New England Patriots to the Buccaneers for a fourth-round pick. Just like Brady, he has trained with Guerrero and worked out at the TB12 facility.

The 30-year-old did not play last season after his retirement following the Super Bowl-winning 2018 season and should be fresh and fully motivated. But Gronkowski was not at his best in 2018, only catching 47 passes for 682 yards. He even admitted that he dragged his way through that season.

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Panthers have hilarious reaction to Rob Gronkowski’s return

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The rest of the NFL is not exactly thrilled to see Rob Gronkowski back, and the Carolina Panthers are one great illustration of that.

In response to the news Tuesday that the superstar tight end was coming out of retirement and reuniting with Tom Brady in Tampa Bay, the Panthers took to Twitter to give their hilarious reaction. They tweeted a video of Gronkowski wreaking some havoc during last winter’s New Year’s Eve special on FOX as host Steve Harvey expressed his dismay by saying, “Why is he here? Why are you here?!?” Have a look:

The tweet is especially funny considering that the Panthers are in the same NFC South division as the Buccaneers and will now have to face Gronkowski multiple times a year. With New Orleans winning the division last season and Atlanta recently adding Todd Gurley, Tampa Bay’s big offseason improvement means that making the playoffs will be close to impossible for Carolina.

Adding some insult to injury for the Panthers is also the fact that they will no longer have one of their top weapons for stopping Gronkowski.

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Rob Gronkowski traded from Patriots to Bucs for fourth-round pick

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Rob Gronkowski is returning to the NFL and reuniting with Tom Brady.

The New England Patriots have agreed to trade Gronkowski and a seventh-round draft pick to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for a fourth-round pick, ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported.

Gronkowski’s agent Drew Rosenhaus later confirmed the news.

Gronkowski was asked about the rumors that he wants to team up with Tom Brady in Tampa during an appearance on “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen” this week, and he stopped short of ruling it out. The 30-year-old said he has remained in great shape and is “not totally done” but needs to feel that desire to play football again.

Now that Gronkowski has decided to come out of retirement, it makes sense that he wants to play for the Bucs. Gronk admitted that he essentially blocked a trade a few years back because he didn’t want to catch passes from any quarterback other than Brady.

Gronkowski suffered multiple significant injuries during his time with the Patriots, and he appeared to break down during his final season with the team in 2018. He caught 47 passes for 682 yards in 13 games that year, though he made some huge plays in the playoffs to help New England win a Super Bowl.

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Report: Rob Gronkowski has told Patriots he wants to return, play for Bucs

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Rumors of Rob Gronkowski coming out of retirement popped up once again this week when the former Pro Bowl tight end refused to rule out a return, and it appears he is legitimately thinking about making a comeback.

Gronkowski has informed the New England Patriots that he is interested in returning to the NFL to play for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports. The Patriots may be open to working out a trade with the Bucs, as Rapoport notes that the two teams have been in contact.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter also reports that the Bucs have had discussions with the Patriots about a potential trade involving Gronkowski.

Gronkowski was asked about the rumors that he wants to team up with Tom Brady in Tampa during an appearance on “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen” this week, and he stopped short of ruling it out. The 30-year-old said he has remained in great shape and is “not totally done” but needs to feel that desire to play football again.

If Gronk does come out of retirement, it makes sense that he would only want to do it for the Bucs. Gronk admitted that he essentially blocked a trade a few years back because he didn’t want to catch passes from any quarterback other than Tom Brady.

Gronkowski recently poked fun at one of the rumors that claimed he is looking to make a comeback, but it sounds like he is ready to make it happen. He has also launched a wrestling career since retiring, though that can likely be put on hold.

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Rob Gronkowski drops another hint that he could come out of retirement

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Until Rob Gronkowski firmly rules out a return to the NFL, the speculation about him coming out of retirement is never going to stop. Judging by the most recent thoughts the former New England Patriots tight end shared on the topic, he doesn’t want it to.

In an appearance on “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen” this week, Gronkowski was asked about the rumors that he could come out of retirement and try to force his way to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He joked about how the comeback rumors started the day he retired, but the Pro Bowler also said he is “not totally done” and has remained in great shape.

There was a recent rumor that Gronkowski was strongly considering a return to team up with Tom Brady again, but that was completely bogus. Gronk even joked about it during an Instagram live session.

Gronkowski is only 30 years old, but he has suffered numerous significant injuries during his career. He was a shell of himself for much of the 2018 season and was just barely able to make enough big plays to help the Patriots win the Super Bowl. His retirement has been compared to when Barry Sanders shockingly walked away from the NFL, but Sanders was still at the top of his game. Gronk was not.

Gronkowski appears to embarked on a new career, so a return to the NFL remains unlikely. It’s possible that he knows the speculation is good for his brand and wants to keep it going as long as he can.

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Rob Gronkowski jokes about Tampa Bay Buccaneers rumor

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Rob Gronkowski joked during an Instagram Live chat this week about the rumor of him going to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The rumor, which is totally bogus but nonetheless became a story, was started as a ruse by the cheeky “Pardon My Take” co-host PFT Commenter. PFT Commenter is a sarcastic character who also created a Twitter account for his dog Leroy, from which he pretends to break news.

Last week, PFT Commenter made up a rumor he tweeted from his dog’s account about Gronk “strongly considering” a return to the NFL to play with Tom Brady on the Bucs.

As if you couldn’t already tell what a made-up joke that was, the “woof woof” at the end should tell you. Nevertheless, the story became a talking point and was even addressed by us earlier this week.

And that brings us to Gronk, who made a reference to the joke during an Instagram Live chat this week.

“Wow, PFT Commenter, his dog is starting some crazy rumors out there. His dog Leroy, he’s gotta keep his dog quiet!” Gronk said.

Gronk is a regular guest on “Pardon My Take,” so he’s in on the jokes by PFT and Leroy. But not everyone else in the sports world is, which makes the rumors funny when they spread, even for those involved.

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Could Rob Gronkowski come out of retirement and force his way to Bucs?

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Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski have a very close relationship, and there has naturally been speculation about Gronk wanting to come out of retirement to join Brady in his new journey with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In order to make that happen, the star right end would either need the Patriots to release his rights or trade him. And that may not be as farfetched as it sounds.

As Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk notes, Gronkowski’s $9 million salary would go back on the books for the Patriots if he unretired and the team chose to keep him. With Brady already carrying a dead cap hit of $13.5 million for New England in 2020, the team has barely any salary cap space remaining. Therefore, it’s possible — if not probable — that the Patriots would have no interest in keeping Gronk on their roster even if he did decide to return.

In some sense, that gives Gronkowski leverage. He could probably find out fairly easily whether or not the Patriots would keep him on their roster. If the answer is “no” as many expect, he could come out of retirement with the assumption that they will cut him or trade him. Florio and his colleague Chris Simms recently speculated that New England might be interested in the idea of the Bucs trading them either tight end O.J. Howard or Cameron Brate for Gronkowski. While all of this seems unlikely, it certainly is not out of the question.

The Patriots are rebuilding on offense, so they probably don’t want to pay Gronkowski $9 million even if they could create the cap space. The tight end broke down toward the end of his tenure with the team, and he is now a full year removed from football.

Gronkowski essentially blocked a trade from happening a few years back because he didn’t want to play with any quarterback other than Brady, so it would stand to reason that he still feels the same way. Whether or not he has a desire to return to playing is another question.

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Rob Gronkowski wins the 24/7 Championship belt at WrestleMania 36

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WWE has made it clear that they are making Rob Gronkowski a big part of their plans.

Not only was Gronk named the host for WrestleMania 36, which took place over two days this weekend for the first time ever, but then he also got involved in the competition.

After the Edge-Randy Orton match, Mojo Rawley ran into the ring and was chased by a bunch of a wrestlers. Out of nowhere, Gronk jumped on top of the pile and pinned Rawley to win the 24/7 Championship.

Being the 24/7 champion means that Gronk will now have to watch his back at all times because other wrestlers will be looking to take the belt from him at all times. This was a good way to get Gronk involved in the storylines in a bigger way.

The former NFL tight end made his first WWE appearance as a host last month and is quickly becoming a bigger part of things.

Rob Gronkowski will host WrestleMania

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Rob Gronkowski is not just moving over to the WWE. He’s becoming a lead personality for the promotion.

Gronkowski announced on Wednesday that he is going to be hosting WrestleMania this year, which is going to be held over two nights for the first time ever — April 4 and April 5.

WrestleMania36 will take place from the WWE Performance Center in Orlando with only essential personnel on hand. There will be a closed set during production.

WrestleMania is the biggest event on the wrestling calendar every year, so the organization was loathe to cancel it. And having Gronk involved might bring in additional sports fans to watch it.

Gronk previously helped Mojo Rawley win the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania 33 in 2017, so this is a WrestleMania return for him.

Rob Gronkowski will appear on WWE Friday Night SmackDown next week

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Rob Gronkowski’s entry into the WWE world is taking place next week.

The former NFL tight end will be appearing on WWE Friday Night SmackDown next week, his friend Mojo Rawley said on this week’s program.

Word first emerged on Tuesday saying that Gronk was close to a deal with WWE. The report came as no surprise; Gronk was favored to go into pro wrestling upon his NFL retirement. Gronk is a longtime WWE fan and helped his buddy Rawley win a match at WrestleMania in 2017.

The 30-year-old former New England Patriot is a natural for WWE and should excel as a performer in that realm.