NEFJ Notebook for 6/21/20

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June 21, 2020

1. First, Happy Fathers Day to all the dad’s out there. Moms are the glue that keeps a household together. Dads are the foundation. 2. I have to admit, it stung seeing Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski in Buccaneers uniforms. It wasn’t suppose to end this way but thus is life in pro sports. (Photos courtesy of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers) 3. Speaking of the Buccaneers. They have shut down…

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Patriots: Patriots trade Rob Gronkowski and a seventh round pick to the Buccaneers for a 4th round pick

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April 21, 2020

In a completely unexpected trade this afternoon, former Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski ended his retirement and was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to reunite with Tom Brady. Bill Belichick sent Gronkowski and a seventh round pick to Tampa Bay for a fourth round pick. Pick #117 to be exact. The deal was surprising, especially when you consider that Gronkowski was pretty adamant last spring that he was done….

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Patriots: I have officially done a 180 on Rob Gronkowski coming back in 2019.

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July 11, 2019

When Rob Gronkowski announced his retirement on March 24th, I felt at the time that he was done. I never thought he would play again. The injuries had taken their toll and at the age of 29, Gronkowski decided to walk away while he can. Since Gronkowski announced his retirement however, there has been growing speculation that he would return to the Patriots at some point this season. Despite losing…

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Patriots: Rob Gronkowski’s legacy is cemented as the greatest tight end in Patriots history and NFL history

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March 25, 2019

Tight end Rob Gronkowski announced his retirement late this afternoon. After putting together one of the greatest careers in NFL history, the colorful Gronkowski has decided to call it a career. What a career it was. Gronkowski caught 521 passes for 7,861 yards and 79 touchdowns during his nine seasons with the Patriots. In his prime, Gronk was one of the dominant players in NFL history thanks to his freakish…

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Patriots Pulse Blog: Positional Breakdown: Tight Ends

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August 7, 2018

After months of speculation that Rob Gronkowski was either going to retire or be traded, he is back in New England and ready to once again be the focal point of the Patriots passing game. Here are my thoughts on the tight end position. Starter: Rob Gronkowski Back-Ups: Dwayne Allen, Jacob Hollister, Ryan Izzo (PS) Position Thoughts: Provided he stays healthy, Rob Gronkowski should once again be the best tight…

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Patriots Pulse: The Local Media is Losing Their Minds With the Patriots

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June 9, 2018

The local media is absolutely losing their minds these days when it comes to the Patriots. From Tom Brady skipping voluntary workouts to speculating on whether or not Rob Gronkowski will be traded to the controversy surrounding Brady’s personal trainer Alex Guerrero and the Julian Edelman suspension. It has been a whacky off season around these parts. Bill Belichick‘s worst nightmare has come true. The Patriots have become a circus….

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Patriots Pulse Blog: The Patriots Should Give Gronk More Money

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May 11, 2018

Reports indicated earlier this week that the Patriots were considering reworking Rob Gronkowski‘s contract and adding a year to it. In the process, the Patriots would bump Gronkowski’s salary up in each of the next two seasons. Gronkowski is under contract for two more seasons at a base salary of $8 million in 2018 and $9 million in 2019. He is a bargain at those numbers and has clearly out…

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Patriots Pulse Blog: Gronk Is Playing in 2018. Kisses and Makes Up with the Patriots

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April 25, 2018

Rob Gronkowski announced on his Instagram account today that he will play in 2018. Gronkowski’s agent Drew Rosenhaus confirmed that the all pro tight end is returning to the Patriots next season. Gronkowski’s announcement ends two months of speculation as to whether or not he was going to play next season. Gronkowski was non-committal and even seemed to mock the Patriots over the weekend at a promotional press conference. Something…

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Patriots Pulse Blog: Gronk’s Latest Act Is a Bad Look for the Patriots

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April 21, 2018

Rob Gronkowski met with the media on Saturday in a motocross promotional press conference. Gronkowski was dressed as a motor cross driver and as usual he was goofy and starving for attention. Gronkowski was asked if he is planning on playing next season to which he responded “Uhh, maybe.” When asked what he would say to fans who are wondering if he is going to play next season, Gronkowski said…

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