Where there is smoke, there is typically fire, but how much flame is producing all of this Rob Gronkowski to join Tom Brady in Tampa Bay smoke? The probability would seem to be minimal on the surface, as Gronkowski has his money, has his life, has wrestling, and anything else he would ever want. Why would he want to go back to getting his brains bashed in every weekend?
Well, it’s great to be great, and regardless of all those things listed above, I am sure nothing can compare to standing on a football field after just having won the Super Bowl and have the entire United States talk about how absolutely awesome you are. The fact that Gronk wouldn’t be playing in frozen Foxborough, wouldn’t be playing for the coach that tried run him out of town and WOULD be playing with his boy Tom are all huge selling points for the future Hall of Fame tight end.
The question becomes, how would the deal work? The Patriots still own the rights to Gronk (that felt weird to type), so any situation for him to join Tampa Bay would require a trade. What would Bill Belichick require in return? Cameron Brate? O.J. Howard?
Howard would be the logical choice as he has the better pedigree, and the Bucs don’t seem to know how they want to use him as he spent much more snaps in protection last season than he did in normal years when he would be running routes. Howard is also a high ceiling guy, so the Bucs might be able to pry a draft pick away from the Patriots as well.
On the flip side, the Bucs have to willing to make some long-term sacrifice for the opportunity to win right now. Brady is 43, and when decline happens, it tends to happen quickly for quarterbacks. Just ask Peyton Manning.
Some of Brady’s best seasons occurred when he was accompanied by two talented tight ends, and if head coach Bruce Arians can deploy Gronk along with either Brate or Howard, along with wide receivers Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, oh boy, oh boy.
Personally, I think there is a bonfire producing all of this smoke, and while Gronk may be a little too far removed for a return to New England, sunny Florida and his old buddy Tom along with an anti-Belichick coach in Arians might be the perfect recipe for a return.
Will the Browns add Clowney?
Just to address the heading, probably not, but they should. As the market for edge rushers seems to be less than what was originally anticipated, there is growing speculation as to which team is going to step up and take the leap. Last week, it was reported by NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo that is was unlikely that Jadeveon Clowney would rejoin the Seahawks after Seattle made a strong offer to the defensive end. Clowney was looking for $20 million a season initially but has since reportedly lowered the asking price to roughly $17 million.
Now, you have the Cleveland Browns general manager Andrew Berry saying, “I’m not going to get into the habit of commenting on players that aren’t on our roster.”
He then, of course, went on to speak about a player that is not on his roster, that is on the market, that is talented, and that could form one of the most dynamic quarterback rushing duos in recent NFL memory if he were to join a line that already features Myles Garrett.
The Browns have $20 million in cap space for the 2020 season but have some big contracts coming up in Garrett, Baker Mayfield and safety Denzel Ward.
I guess we will all find out together.
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