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Buccaneers, Patriots discussing Gronk trade

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The rumors are, indeed, true. The Buccaneers and Patriots have been discussing a trade for tight end Rob Gronkowski

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Well, here we are. The rumors are true. According to Ian Rapoport and Adam Schefter, Rob Gronkowski wants to return to football and join his quarterback Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Not only that, but the two teams have been in talks to get the deal done, which we could see completed before the draft.

The best comparison we have for a trade like this involved the Seattle Seahawks and Oakland Raiders. The Seahawks traded the retired Marshawn Lynch to the Raiders and to get the deal done the two sides simply swapped picks - Oakland sending a fifth round pick in exchange for Lynch and Seattle’s sixth round pick.

Of course, a deal like this would also likely mean that O.J. Howard’s time in Tampa Bay would be over. After the Buccaneers were fielding calls on Howard last season and the restructuring o Cameron Brate’s deal this off-season, it seems as though Howard would become the odd man out and could get moved this weekend in order to recoup whatever draft capital the Bucs may lose in a deal for Gronk.

Definitely something to keep an eye in as we close in on the draft, but the Buccaneers are already all-in on Brady - looks like they want to get him his favorite target as well.

**UPDATE**

Per Adam Schefter, it looks like the deal is about to complete. Gronk and Brady will be reunited once again. This time, for the Bucs.