Gronkowski Is Due $10 Million In 2020

April 21st, 2020

As the Buccaneers go all-in on offense with a trade today for Rob Gronkowski, they’ll also be pushing the limits of their salary cap and undoubtedly be putting Chris Godwin’s conract extension on hold.

Gronkowsi, who the Bucs are about to acquire from the Patriots, is due $10 million in 2020. He turns 31 in May and is a free agent in 2021.

So who’s going to be launched? Cameron Brate? O.J. Howard? All three will not be Buccaneers this season.

The draft is very light on tight ends and there’s demand at the position around the NFL.

Could Howard fetch the fourth-round pick the Bucs are coughing up for Gronkowski?

Man, the Bucs have given new meaning to the phrase “all-in.”

87 Responses to “Gronkowski Is Due $10 Million In 2020”

  1. Tampabuscsbro Says:

    Only Joe could be pessimistic about this. Joe is not pessimistic at all. –Joe

  2. Umm Says:

    By OJ!

  3. LordCornelius Says:

    I would think Howard could fetch a late 3rd at least. He hasn’t been a bust by any means and had a really solid 2018 and is on a cheap contract.

    Also maybe Gronk will re-structure.

    This is nuts lol

  4. Rod Munch Says:

    Move OJ to WR, and we take care of the huge gaping hole at 3rd WR. If he can’t cut it you can always trade him in the preseason.

  5. Bucsfan951 Says:

    I think oj will be traded to move up in the draft. Either to get their rt or back into late first rd (with our second) to grab a rb

  6. Bird Says:


    You meant Ndog
    That guy is saying same thing after all this deal and excitement
    He is such a biznach

  7. Elita Vita Says:

    Do I believe my eyes???? Did the Bucs complete the trade for Gronkowski for a 4th rounder. Bucs also get Pats 7th rounder.

  8. AlteredEgo Says: Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:

    Can get more than a 4th for OJ…some team will want him at the fall trade deadline in October…

  9. Jeffbucsfan Says:

    This has to be the most f#%>~ing stupid thing that I have ever heard.

  10. Clw JB Says:

    Holy spit!It just keeps getting better and better – I mean who is going to stop this passing game?

    Evans, Godwin, Gronk….just wow

  11. theodore Says:

    Guess resigning Jameis is out of the question now.

  12. Cobraboy Says:

    Restructure Gronk for two years, and trade Brate.

    IMO, Brate is a Steady Eddie, but OJ potential > Brate…and cheaper.

  13. gofortheface30 Says:

    The Bucs are now the darlings of the league. The Marquee team. National TV every week. Superstars all over. And some people have the audacity, the temerity to complain. Walk the plank losers, and no you wont be welcome back while we’re putting up a 30 spot every week. YO SOY FIESTA beeyotch

  14. Rod Munch Says:

    LordCornelius – Yeah, you see if Gronk wants to redo his deal, if so I do like a 5-year deal with a big signing bonus knowing he’s only going to play for probably 2 years with Brady. But the 5-year deal then allows you to spread out his salary. It’s what every other team in the NFL besides the Bucs do. What the Bucs do is great when you have money up front, and it leaves them in the position to create a lot of cash by restructuring deals if they want to do so.

  15. scot pederson Says:

    Its like Gruden 2002 all over again!! woo hoo
    Who is going to stop the trio of ME, Godwin & Gronk?

  16. Allbuccedup Says:

    Bye OJ! Tide Pods is in the house.

  17. LordCornelius Says:

    lmao this is just so rediculous.

    Billicheck gets a 4th rounder for a WWE wrestler basically that was due $10M to play

    I love it. screw it

    GO bucs haha

  18. Kobe Faker Says:

    “Trade OJ for Trent Williams

    *need to restructure alot of contracts”

    Kobe Faker

  19. Jeffbuc Says:

    We just got the best tight end to play the game at only 31 years old for a 4th round pick. And some of you supposed fans are mad. If he would have played last year and put up how regular numbers. It would have taken a 1st round pick to get him. He had a year off and will come back fresh.

  20. Bucsalltheway Says:

    Smart man sends brate packing

  21. Ivan The Insider Says:


    Look for the Bucs to package a trade with OJ Howard & #14 (plus later picks) to move up to #8 with the Cardinals.

    It would give Murray a new TE target in Howard (Cards need a TE) and Cardinals can still draft for need at #14.

    Bucs move up to #8 and select Mekhi Becton.

  22. bucsfaninoregon Says:

    And, when the season gets cancelled we pay the $10M and he walks next year. Smart. My guess Buc mgt. has a pipeline to the Dear Leader’s “open the economy” team. Full speed ahead. Watch that cough.

  23. Rod Munch Says:

    theodore – Not really, if Winston did come back, it’s as the backup and likely would be on a very cheap deal with the idea being that he’d just wait and see what the market is next year. Keep in mind Winston is coming off a surgery and had lasik done as well, and because the virus teams can’t see him, that could make it very difficult for a team to really invest in him. The Bucs would be extremely wise to try to do everything to talk him into staying as the backup.

  24. Tampabuscsbro Says:

    hmmmmmm Ivan saying different things on Different articles


  25. Joeypoppems Says:

    LOL. $10 million….

    so let me make sure I understand this right.

    Gronk – $10M
    Brate – $4.5M

    I didnt go to college but if my math is correct that’s $14.5M tied up into a position that BA doesnt feature LOL.

    I still dont expect the offense to change much in terms of TE involvement just because Brady is QB. Was expecting the drastic changes to be in RB targets and play action %.

  26. saskbuco Says:

    If they allocate +/-7million for draft picks, Bucs will be 5 million over the cap. They will need to move salary obviously, if this was getting done why not wait until after the draft? If OJ is/was being traded teams now know they are over the cap and maybe this will weaken the return. I like the move, but not the timing of it.

  27. Bird Says:

    I always figured it would be a trade for Edelman

    Ill take Gronk though
    Bucs going all in for sure

  28. Buddy Says:

    Brokeback Tight End coming soon. Will he play half a season??? Or will the season even be half??

  29. R.O. Says:

    The Bucs don’t do “Big” Signing Bonuses for the fact of the Dead Cap money it leaves. if you sign him for 5 and he’s gone after 2 Dead Cap in yr 3. Front load with Guarantees for 2-3 years is how we manage the Cap.

  30. Ivan The Insider Says:


    *I* believe the Bucs need to draft RB at #14 and not mess around. But I could see them using a TE (Howard or Brate) in a trade to move up to get the OT they covet if they aren’t going to go RB.

  31. Tampabuscsbro Says:

    I swear only in this comment section can people be negative about everything.

  32. Joeypoppems Says:


    Trading OJ Howard at the trade deadline for a 2021 pick doesn’t help the Bucs win in 2020.

    Lets face it. They are gonna give him away for pennies on the dollar…

  33. gofortheface30 Says:

    Bucsfaninoregon – please DM me. I would like to bet you 5 thousand dollars. Seriously. I will give you my personal email if you are actually good for it. The season isnt getting cancelled. I know you dems would rather trash the economy more than anything in this world to get trump out of office, but please of god email me so I can make some easy money

  34. SC Bucs Fan Says:

    What I love is some of you will be so hurt when the Bucs start winning yet call yourself Buc fans, rooting for the team to lose.

  35. LordCornelius Says:


    I’d be OK with that and moving Smith so Trent could play LT and that’d free u cap. Draft RT.

    QB: Tom Brady

    LT-Trent Williams
    LG-Ali Marpet
    C-Ryan Jensen
    RG-Alex Marpet
    RT-R1 or R2 draft pick

    depth with Haeg + another late draft pick

    WR1: Mike Evans
    WR2: Chris Godwin
    WR3: R4 pick from this draft
    WR4: Scotty Miller

    TE1: Gronk
    TE2: Brate

    On paper rediculous. But lotta old men lol

  36. DRFEELGOOD Says:

    Trade Brate and his $7 million salary. OJ and Gronk in a two TE set will be crazy!!! OJ is much less salary and will thrive this year with Brady IMO. GO BUCS!!

  37. Wesley Says:

    Dumb move way too much money for an injury prone veteran who sat out a year.

  38. Sport Says:

    One thing is for sure. I’ll take this kind of entertainment rather than the brand JW brought here with his amazingly good and horrendously bad throws.

    Maybe JW should take his eating W’s shtick to WWE to replace Gronk there.

    In BA I Trust!

  39. Wesley Says:

    Drfeelgood- completely agree.

  40. Wesley Says:


  41. Rod Munch Says:

    Losers worry about the cap.

    Good teams create cap space by moving money around.

    Thus, if you’re worried about the cap and why you CAN’T do things, then you’re a loser.

  42. David Says:

    No reason for him here

  43. Jeffbucsfan Says:

    Gronk retired because of injuries…. when was the last time he played a full season

  44. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Restructure Gronk 2 years $15 million….

  45. JA Says:

    Gronk hasn’t played a full season (16 games) since 2011.
    Since the circus is coming to town, seems like the Bucs are opting to hire its clown prince to entertain downtrodden fans of Tampa Bay.
    Whether that entertainment translates into wins remains to be seen.
    Like all prognostications, only time will tell …

  46. Mike28277 Says:

    Well; guess we know who is now running the show for our Tom (Team).

  47. Mike28277 Says:

    Can’t wait to see what we give up for Willie McGinest!

  48. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    OMFG, If Gronk can stay healthy, then watch out.
    Who is going to stop the trio of Evans, Godwin & Gronk?
    I mean, WHO do you cover ?

  49. Jeffbuc Says:

    Jameis Winston has to be sitting somewhere thinking what the heck. Might be calling bucs for backup job at minimum salary. Thinking if Brady gets hurt and he gets to play with gronk with the weipans he already had. He might make a lot more money next year.

  50. Pewter Power Says:

    Better keep Howard and Brate, it’s not like he’s proven to be any more durable than Howard. Luckily they both have cheap contracts after Brate restructured

  51. rrsrq Says:

    You can’t be serious, 10 million. (This contract has to be re-done). Still think J Licht didn’t do well with this, Pats had no leverage. Either trade Gronk or he stays retired), no way you give up a 4th (but Licht did)

  52. Capt.Tim Says:

    Called it.
    Now trade Howard for a 2nd and A 5th.
    Back on Joebuc, and for the 13th time- called it!

    Gronk is probably the most physically dominant TE in NFL history.hes had a year off to heal and recover.

    As I said- Brady and Gronk want to PROVE that they made Belacheat, not visa versa.
    I believe Tom Brady will WILL this lowly franchise into another Super Bowl

  53. Jeffbuc Says:

    Yeah mike this is horrible Gronkowski is only 31 years old. Your talking like he is 40. Your acting like we just signed Ricky Dudley at age 37 to be are staring tight end in 2002. Oh never mind that worked out pretty well. But you wouldn’t know that name because you are a patriots fan who is pissed at the Bucs for taking your two greatest players in the history of your franchise.

  54. Alvin Scissors Harper Says:

    Man, really? How can any of you be pessimistic about signing Gronk??? Now, we trade Brate or OJ for a 3rd rounder. Then, we have two thirds instead of a 3rd and a 4th. We also have a 7th, which probably doesn’t mean much, and we also have Gronk.

  55. DRFEELGOOD Says:

    mike8277. That’s funny. If we have the cap room I agree with keeping all 3 actually. But, if we trade one, it has to be Brate. And getting a Rojo plus whoever we draft combo together could be BIG NASTY!!! True that Gronk has been injured but he hasn’t played football in a year and a half so I’ll bet he feels better than he has in years. He could have played with Brady last year. Now, it sounds like he feels good enough to do this. Hell yes!! GO BUCS!!

  56. Mike28277 Says:

    Jeffbuc: season ticketholder since day one my friend. And it was a joke. Lighten up.

  57. Capt.Tim Says:

    TWO GOATS in one pasture.
    Its an absolutely incredible time to be a Bucs fan!
    For the first time in 3 years- Im buying jerseys!!
    Go Bucs

  58. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    Trade Brate, OJ has way more upside. Oh wait, Brate’s stupid contract almost makes him untradable 🙁

  59. ItzOK Says:

    Thats how you GM Licht . From now on when you GM this is what I’m talking about.

  60. DanBucsFan Says:

    Wow.. Its GREAT 2 be a Bucs fan right about now!!! And its down right HILARIOUS that some ” fans ” on here are complaining?!?! Apparently the TROLLS\ IDIOTS are clear as day now lololol

  61. MDFree Says:

    I think Brate’s gonna be the one out the door at this point. We need to make room for Gronk’s salary and Brate’s making what? 5 or 6 million this year? Howard’s still cheap and has loads of potential. No brainer here.

  62. BUC CHEEKS Says:


    It was funny.

  63. BUC CHEEKS Says:

    This is awesome!!!!!!! We’re all in, get onboard or walk the plank!!! Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrronk baby!!!!!!! Woooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  64. Robert Says:

    WTF ……this is awesome.

    I’d say brate is gone as he’s a clone and oj can stretch the field. And brate is expensive……either way…….. gronk is a party guy, Brady is structure and discipline and that adds up to awesomeness for team morale. If you don’t think think gronk will make ME and Godwins numbers as far as meaningful stats go up your crazy

  65. Robert Says:

    Did someone mention they other guy?…… forget the old int machines name.

  66. Joeypoppems Says:

    “Trade Brate because he is worse than OJ and more expensive”

    I hope everyone saying this realizes it makes no sense.

  67. Bruce Blahak Says:

    I wonder what Calvin Johnson is doing….

  68. Kobe Faker Says:

    “What happenned?

    I just got tickets to see Gronk at the WWE

    Tampa bay Bucs?

    Big Nasty and Gronk is going tag team at WWE?”

  69. stpetebucsfan Says:

    In an interview during is retirement Gronk said he had at least 20 concussions during his career.

    He said that five of these concussions occured when he was knocked cold! Five times knocked the eff out!

    He is one good tap on the helmet from a long stay on the concussion protocol list.

  70. Kgh4life Says:

    The Bucs are not seriously thinking of paying $10 million for 31 year old tight end? I hope not. They better restructure that deal.

  71. Dougyballs Says:

    Why trade Howard. Gronkowski can show him how to play TE.

  72. Howard Cosell Says:

    JA Says:
    April 21st, 2020 at 5:12 pm

    Gronk hasn’t played a full season (16 games) since 2011.

    He missed 3 games in 2018 and 2 games in 2017.
    ‘Ill take that all day long, with a side of fries, when you consider the talent.

    Year Team Games Played (Reg Season)
    2018 New England Patriots 13
    2017 New England Patriots 14

  73. Dougyballs Says:

    And Gronkowski is going to help all the receivers get on the same page with Brady. Just like gabbert helping Brady with understanding what Arians is looking for. Use your brains people

  74. Mike Johnson Says:

    Gronk and Brady will be laid up at Brady’s mansion recuperating come midseason Laughing at how they bilked the Bucs out of all that money. Gronk will not complete a full season. He has not done so since 2011. The Hype continues…

  75. Dougyballs Says:

    We are adding all pro talent to go with pro bowl talent. Sign me up for a plate of that and a couple of winners who know what it will take

  76. Howard Cosell Says:

    Mike Johnson Says:
    April 21st, 2020 at 6:53 pm

    Gronk and Brady will be laid up at Brady’s mansion recuperating come midseason Laughing at how they bilked the Bucs out of all that money. Gronk will not complete a full season. He has not done so since 2011. The Hype continues…

    LOL ….. Unfortunately that^ is a VERY real possibility, given the Bucs history.

  77. Howard Cosell Says:

    …BUt…I think Gronk and Brady have something to prove

  78. FuNkYxMuNkEy Says:

    Gronk will restructure a team friendly 2 year deal

  79. Bucs Guy Says:

    Licht is an idiot. The Pats took advantage of you AGAIN.

    You gave up a 4th rd pick (probably the higher) for the Pats 7th (probaly the lower) and gave up all of your remaining cap room for someone who is out of shape and hasn’t played for over a year. That pick was your #3 WR pick. Now you can’t move up in the draft, trade for Trent Williams, bring back Dotson for insurance if needed, re-sign Godwin this year or re-sign Lavonte this year. Now you have three receiving TEs in an offense that use TEs to block. No team is giving up anything more than a 5th or 6th for Howard — if you’re lucky. That assumes all of the other teams don’t just wait for the Bucs to cut OJ. Way to go Licht. This makes no sense and has to be one of his dumbest deals.

    If he was absolutely dead set on doing this deal, he should have waited until after the draft and given up a very late 2021 pick. So much for Licht getting better as a GM.

  80. Buccos Says:

    I would keep all 3 of them because atleast one will be injured probably at any given point of the season. I would sign Gronk to a 5 year deal. He could keep playing long after Tom retires.

  81. pabucsfan Says:

    Hey Bucs Guy why would they cut Howard when it wouldnt create any cap space for them at all? And it was the later 4th round pick not the first one. Do some research before you post

  82. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    “So who’s going to be launched? Cameron Brate? O.J. Howard? All three will not be Buccaneers this season.” – JOE

    I don’t know about that. Gronk and Brady will only be here for 1-2 years. We still have to prepare for the future. Getting rid of OJ would not help the cap situation.

    Getting rid of Brate? It would, but he’s also a solid player.

    Gronk is injury prone. He’s been training with WWE for months now, and only just made his first appearance on Smackdown a few weeks ago. That appearance was not all that great in my opinion.

    At only 31, he probably could play until he’s 34-35 if healthy, but he’s locked in with Brady.

    I prefer they keep both Brate and OJ. We normally keep 4 Tight Ends anyway.

    4 tightends: Gronk, Brate, Howard, Auclair.

    Hudson will be moved to Practice Squad.


  83. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    @Bucs Guy

    Gronk is only 31. He has a few years left in him if he stays healthy.

  84. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Glazers really want to be the first with home field advantage in the Superbowl, don’t they?

  85. Capt.Tim Says:

    Gronk is the definition of Toughness.
    He has caught 79 TDs from Brady.

    We trade O J Howard
    Cameron Brate is a very good TE. He lead the NFL in TDs by a TE one year.
    OJ Howard has lead the league in potential. He’s already a bust.
    If we can get a 2nd and a 5th round pick for him- Id call it a robbery.

    Brate and Gronk would be a tremendous Pair. Brate is a very precise route runner- right in Brady’s wheelhouse.
    I expect Scotty Miller to be given a shot at slot Wr.
    Hes really fast and tough. He just has to be durable

    By mid season- this offense will be unstoppable. Totally unboard for the Bucs this year!
    Hope we get a OT, RB, And Safety in the draft.

  86. NDog is an idiot Says:

    NDog thinkin…. but what about my Loverboy JayMiss? We can’t Win without my butt buddy!!

  87. BigHog Says:

    No longer Tampa Bay BUCS ….Tampa Bay PATS!!!….Gronk won’t make it to the third preseason game…..then again maybe he will after setting out the first two with a back strain!!!! TAMPA BAY PATS GONE WILD!!!