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Rob Gronkowski Will Join Tom Brady on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Mahlik Campbell

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BOSTON, MA - APRIL 3: Rob Gronkowski #87 and Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots enter the field carrying Vince Lombardi trophies before the opening day game between the Boston Red Sox and the Pittsburgh Pirates at Fenway Park on April 3, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

A little over a year after announcing his retirement from the NFL, former New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will rejoin longtime quarterback Tom Brady as a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to a report from Ian Rapoport. 👀

The Pats are sending Gronk, as well as a seventh-round draft pick, to the Bucs in exchange for a fourth-round pick. He's already passed his physical and will play under the terms of his current contract, which calls for one year at $10 million.

Talk about a one-sided deal...

https://twitter.com/RapSheet/status/1252693880308477952

Less than an hour before trade terms were agreed upon, Rapoport also broke the initial news that Gronk was interested in returning to the league, but only if he could play with Brady in Tampa Bay.

Earning three Super Bowl rings over the course of nine total seasons alongside Brady, Gronk has developed a strong affinity for his friend and favorite pass-thrower. In fact, the 30-year-old reportedly once said he'd rather retire than play for a QB not named Brady.

https://twitter.com/AdamSchefter/status/1252690592427106304

While rumors were likely swirling behind the scenes about Gronk's return to football, the all-time leader among TEs in most touchdowns per game (0.69) made headlines with Brady in a different and even more unexpected manner.

In a Monday appearance on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, Gronk responded to a comment Brady made during his early April interview with Howard Stern, in which he referred to Gronk's penis as "amazing."

"Well, he did describe it as looking amazing, which I think is the biggest compliment in my career, alongside playing with Tom," Gronk said.

At the beginning of the clip above, Gronk also admitted that he's shown up to practice hungover. (Hope Bucs head coach Bruce Arians didn't hear that one. 😅)

With Gronk and Brady reuniting in Tampa Bay, teammate Julian Edleman will be left on his own in New England. Here's how the Internet reimagined that lonely situation. 😂

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