Rob Gronkowski trade grades: No-brainer for Patriots, head-scratcher for Buccaneers

Rob Gronkowski required Tom Brady to leave the Patriots to make his decision to return and un-retire to the NFL. Gronkowski will be signing up with Brady on the Buccaneers after an unexpected, stunning trade that decreased on Tuesday afternoon, simply 2 days prior to the 2020 NFL Draft.

New England is dealing the rights to Gronkowski, together with a seventh-round choice, to Tampa Bay. In exchange, they’ll get a 4th-round select this year.

So what does Sporting News consider this trade? Here’s breaking down how both the Patriots and Buccaneers did:

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Patriots grade: A+

As far as the Patriots were worried, Gronkowski was entirely out of the photo, provided their semi-rebuilding status with Costs Belichick and Gronk wishing to play with just Brady once again. The Patriots, with no second-round choice– and 3 third-rounders– in essence updated a choice by 3 rounds on Day 3 for absolutely no expense.

The Patriots will likely need to attend to tight end in the draft, and now have an additional choice with which to to do that. They may be selecting far too late to take the leading getting possibility at the position, Notre Dame’s Cole Kmet, however will have a shot at Purdue’s Brycen Hopkins, Washington’s Hunter Bryant or FAU’s Harrison Bryant on Day 2. Amongst the Day 3 alternatives will be Dayton’s Adam Trautman, Missouri’s Albert Okwuegbunam and LSU’s Thaddeus Moss.

Buccaneers grade: C

On paper, landing Gronkowski offers the Bucs a devastatingly big getting corps with Mike Evans and Chris Godwin at wideout and Gronk, O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate at tight end. The problem is, Bruce Arians’ offense isn’t constantly the very best environment for one getting tight end, not to mention 3. History recommends his downfield death game works regularly much better with 11 personnel (3 wideouts).

Likewise, tight end wasn’t almost as a big of a need for the Bucs as a right take on, a pass- capturing running back or a quick, big-play outside danger to support Evans and Godwin– particularly after the team selected not to re-sign Breshad Perriman at around the exact same 1 year expense as Gronkowski.

The Bucs need to utilize Howard to go up from No. 14 in the draft to ensure they get among the leading takes on. That’s how they make this trade make any real sense, beyond reuniting Gronk with his best pal. Howard remained in and out of Arians’ dog house in 2015 and will end up being a totally free representative in 2021 if the Bucs do not exercise their club choice on his novice agreement. Even if Gronk is a short-term play, it makes good sense to deal Howard with Brate secured long term.

Gronkowski likewise has actually been far from the game for over a year and turns 31 in May, bring his current history of wear and tear to Tampa Bay. There’s no warranty Gronk will be elite once again, or reverse the clock for Brady.

It’s a good chance for Gronkowski to return in the league, however it’s doubtful that the Bucs accommodated that desire unless they have strong follow- up relocations prepared to go “all in” on a Super Bowl run with Brady and a genuinely updated offense. Including Gronk can still exercise, however it’s tough to reject all the ifs connected with that in the minute.

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