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Future Hall of Famer Rob Gronkowski traded to the Buccaneers

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Former New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski made news earlier on Tuesday when he wouldn’t completely rule out a return to the NFL after a one-year retirement.

That was then taken to a whole new level after reports surfaced that the future Hall of Famer told the Patriots he wants to return to the league, joining former teammate Tom Brady with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

It’s now seemingly a done deal.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that New England has agreed to trade Gronkowski and a seventh-round pick to the Buccaneers for a fourth-round selection in this week’s draft.

Boy, that escalated rather quickly.

Gronkowski, 30, earned five Pro Bowl appearances and three Super Bowl titles in his nine seasons with the Patriots. He’ll now return to the NFL as a member of the Buccaneers this coming fall.

This should be fun.