While many have expressed the belief that Tom Brady should return to the Patriots – including Hall of Fame QBs experienced with late-career uniform changes such as Joe Montana and Joe Namath – former Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski had a different response when asked about his former quarterback’s forthcoming foray into free agency.
Speaking in Miami where he’ll be part of the FOX broadcast crew for Super Bowl LIV, Gronkowski made it clear that he thinks TB12 should at least look into what offers might present themselves this spring as Brady’s contract expires for the first time in his 20-year NFL career.
The tight end who proved himself one of Brady’s most reliable, impactful options from start to finish of his own career does admit that the idea of seeing the G.O.A.T. take the field in a different NFL uniform might require some getting used to.
“It’s always strange, no matter who the player is,” Gronkowski said. “If you see a player play on a team for 10 years and go to another team it’s always strange at first. But, you know, everyone gets used to it after a little bit. But it would definitely be strange I would say, if that happens, for a couple weeks. It would be strange. But everyone adapts. Like any other time it happens.”
Brady is set to see his contract expire and hit free agency when the new NFL league year opens on March 18. The Patriots, thanks to a contract adjustment between the two sides signed last summer, cannot use a franchise or transition tag on Brady.