Rob Gronkowski is returning to the NFL – to play for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

It might be time for a new documentary to begin filming: Another Dance for Gronk.

Rob Gronkowski, who announced his retirement after the 2018 NFL season, is making his return to football and reuniting with long-time quarterback Tom Brady as a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The first reports of the trade on Tuesday came courtesy of Ian Rapoport and Adam Schefter, with our Jay Glazer quickly adding confirmation from Gronkowski himself:

And it didn’t cost the Bucs much to acquire Gronk. Here is the official trade:

Gronkowski spent nine seasons in New England with Brady and the Patriots. He won three Super Bowls with the franchise, and was a five-time Pro Bowler and four-time First Team All-Pro selection.

According to Rapoport, Brady has been pushing for a reunion with Gronkowski since he arrived in Tampa Bay:

“This is something that’s been in Tom Brady’s head for a very long time. Brady has confided in people that he would love to have Gronk back.”

As for why Gronk chose now to come back? He told Glazer that it was all about feeling like this was the right time:

“I always said when I have that feeling, if it feels right, I’ll be ready to take the field again. I have that feeling. I’m ready.”

Gronkowski also told Glazer that he has indeed passed his physical.

Gronkowski joins a receiving corps that includes Pro Bowl wideouts Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, and will presumably give Brady another major weapon in an already loaded offense.

Colin Cowherd, like Bayless, thinks that Gronkowski’s return will equal ultimate success in Tampa Bay.

Of course, now that Gronk is back, there is one outstanding question: what happens to his WWE 24/7 Championship, a title he won at WrestleMania 36 from his good friend WWE Superstar Mojo Rawley, and currently still holds?

Speaking of Brady, ironically, this isn’t the first time that Gronkowski’s retirement decision has depended on TB12.

In 2018, Gronkowski refused to play for a team without Brady behind center when the Patriots had agreed to trade him to the Detroit Lions. Gronkowski, however, informed both teams he would retire over playing without his QB.

This time around, though, it was apparently Belichick that Gronkowski couldn’t play for.

And as our Charlotte Wilder, a Patriots fan herself, writes, Gronkowski’s decision to come back and rejoin Brady away from the friendly confines of Gillette Stadium has to make you look at The Patriot Way in a different light.

But we probably could have seen this coming. Reports began to surface earlier this month that Gronkowski was considering ending his retirement, with Gronk himself saying on Monday he wasn’t “totally done” with football:

As a result, on First Things First Tuesday morning, before the news that the trade was being discussed even broke, Nick Wright asked Greg Jennings what kind of impact Gronk could make if he returned:

“I think he would be a huge asset to the Bucs, just because of his experience, his size – he’s one of those guys that you can put in an offense and he will make an impact. You don’t stop catching the ball … He would be an immediate asset,” Jennings replied.

Undoubtedly, Gronk make the Bucs one of the favorites in the NFC, if not the favorite.

But when it comes to possibly making a wager on Tampa Bay, consider yourself warned: you won’t be alone in picking the Bucs, which means you’ll be paying a premium.

And Jason McIntyre isn’t alone in giving that advice. On Lock It In, both Cousin Sal and Todd Fuhrman cautioned that the Bucs would be overvalued initially:

Over 9.5 wins, though? That sounds like an interesting proposition, to say the least.

Stay tuned for more updates…