The New England Patriots have agreed to trade Rob Gronkowski to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, reuniting the formerly retired tight end with quarterback Tom Brady.
The Patriots will receive a fourth-round pick for Gronkowski, while the Bucs will also get a seventh-rounder as part of the deal.
The trade appeared to come together rather quickly as reports of Gronkowski’s interest in returning to the NFL on Tuesday afternoon were quickly followed by terms of the reportedly agreed-upon deal, but ESPN’s Dianna Russini says the two sides have been in contact for a few days and that Brady played a vital role in the trade coming together.
Gronkowski’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, released a statement via NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport saying the player “has agreed to play for Tampa this season. He will honor his current contract at this time.” The 30-year-old tight end has one-year remaining on his deal with a $10-million salary.
The move for Gronkowski is just the latest splash by the Buccaneers this off-season after the team landed the biggest free-agent fish in franchise history last month by signing Brady to a two-year deal worth $50 million. The move reunites one of the most dangerous QB-TE duos in league history and makes an already potent Bucs receiving corps all the more deadly.
Gronkowski retired in March 2019 at the age of 29 after nine seasons in the league, during which he dominated opponents and put together a Hall of Fame resume. The Amherst, N.Y., native has 521 career receptions for 7,861 receiving yards and 79 touchdowns, with 81 receptions for 1,163 receiving yards and 12 TDs in the playoffs. Gronkowski was part of three Super Bowl-winning teams in New England, and is a four-time first-team All-Pro and five-time Pro Bowler.
However, Gronkowski’s first stint in the league was also injury-plagued as he missed 29 regular-season games between 2010-18 with numerous injuries, including back, knee and head ailments.
Archer (shoulder) will miss 2020 season – TSN
Right-hander Chris Archer has undergone thoracic outlet surgery in his throwing shoulder and will miss all of 2020, the Pittsburgh Pirates announced on Wednesday.
Yesterday, Chris Archer underwent surgery to relieve symptoms of neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome.
Archer is projected to return to full competition for the 2021 season.
— Pirates (@Pirates) June 3, 2020
Archer, 31, was to head into the final season of his current deal with the Bucs holding an $11 million option for 2021 with a $250,000 buyout.
A native of Raleigh, NC, Archer made 23 starts last season, going 3-9 with a 5.19 earned run average and WHIP of 1.412 over 119.1 innings pitched.
Joining the Pirates in a trade midway through the 2018 season, Archer spent the first six seasons of his career with the Tampa Bay Rays with whom he was a two-time All-Star.
Report: NBA presents players with 22-team restart plan – TSN
The NBA has told the National Basketball Players Association that it will present a 22-team plan for restarting the season to the league’s board of governors on Thursday, a person with knowledge of the situation said.
The teams that will be going to the ESPN Wide World Of Sports complex on the Disney campus near Orlando, Florida would play eight games to determine playoff seeding starting around July 31 before the post-season begins, according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity on Wednesday because the league has not released its proposal publicly.
The plan, once approved, would have 13 Western Conference teams and nine Eastern Conference teams going to Disney and the cutoff being that teams must be within six games of a playoff spot at this point. Playoffs would start in August, and the NBA Finals will likely stretch into October, the person said.
The Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers, Toronto Raptors and Boston Celtics already have clinched playoff spots — and, if only eight games are left, that would mean the Miami Heat, Indiana Pacers, Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Clippers, Denver Nuggets, Utah Jazz, Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets would theoretically have clinched spots as well.
The Dallas Mavericks would be virtually assured of clinching a West spot, holding a seven-game lead over eighth-place Memphis. So that would mean the Grizzlies, Portland, New Orleans, Sacramento, San Antonio and Phoenix all would be in the running for the No. 8 seed out West. In the East, Washington is six games behind No. 7 Brooklyn and 5-1/2 games behind No. 8 Orlando — so within range of triggering a play-in series.
“I’m all in from the state’s perspective,” Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said at a news conference in Central Florida on Wednesday. “I don’t think you could find a better place than Orlando to do this. I think it’s very exciting.”
DeSantis met by phone with NBA Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum on Tuesday. The governor also said the state helped with the plans to make a golf match last month featuring Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning — one that raised $20 million for coronavirus relief — happen. And Major League Soccer announced Wednesday a plan to restart its season in Orlando.
“Orlando really could be the epicenter of the comeback of professional sports,” DeSantis said.
For an NBA play-in series to happen to determine the No. 8 seed on either playoff bracket, the ninth-place team would have to be within four games of eighth place once the eight-game schedule of lead-in games is completed. If a play-in series occurs, it would basically be a best-of-two — where the No. 9 seed would have to win two head-to-head matchups to take over the No. 8 spot.
There would also be some jostling for playoff positioning happening in the eight-game restart. In the East, Toronto and Boston are separated by three games for the No. 2 spot and Miami, Indiana and Philadelphia are separated by two games for the No. 4 spot. Out West, the Clippers, Denver, Utah, Oklahoma City and Houston are all within four games of one another in the race for the No. 2 seed on that bracket.
There are still some elements of the restart plan that could be changed, and other matters are still being negotiated — such as how much of a percentage of their salaries that players will lose because some regular season games will be cancelled. If 15% of the regular season is not played, which would be the current estimate based on the proposal, players would have to give up roughly $610 million in salary for this season.
It’s also unclear what will happen to the eight teams that would not be vying for a post-season berth under the proposed format — Charlotte, Chicago, Atlanta, Detroit, New York, Cleveland, Minnesota and Golden State. If the 2020-21 NBA season doesn’t start until December at the earliest, which would seem to be a very real possibility, those teams could go about nine months without playing games and some have expressed concerns over what that will mean for player development.
The NBA suspended its season March 11, becoming the first of the U.S. major pro leagues to do so after it became known that Utah’s All-Star centre Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19. The list of NBA players who were known to test positive eventually grew to 10 — not all were identified — and Commissioner Adam Silver said that the actual total was even higher.
The ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex is a 255-acre campus with multiple arenas that could host games simultaneously and has been home to, among other things, the Jr. NBA World Championship in recent years. ESPN is primarily owned by Disney, one of the NBA’s broadcast partners.
Sidney Crosby: ‘What happened to George Floyd cannot be ignored’ – Sportsnet.ca
As the hockey world continues to move through a period of reflection in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby has released a statement condemning racial injustice.
“What happened to George Floyd cannot be ignored,” Crosby said via a statement released by his Sidney Crosby Foundation.
“Racism that exists today in all forms is not acceptable. While I am not able to relate to the discrimination that Black and minority communities face daily, I will listen and educate myself on how I can help make a difference.
“Together, we will find solutions through necessary dialogue and a collective effort.”
The hockey world has seen a number of players speak up in the wake of Floyd’s death and the widespread protests against police brutality.
In late May, San Jose Sharks star Evander Kane called on prominent white NHLers to use their platforms to help bring about change, mentioning Crosby by name among those he hoped to see engage in the discussion.
“We’ve been outraged for hundreds of years and nothing’s changed. It’s time for guys like Tom Brady and Sidney Crosby, those type of figures, to speak up about what is right and, clearly in this case, what is unbelievably wrong,” Kane said on ESPN’s First Take at the time.
“Because that is the only way we’re going to actually create that unified anger to create that necessary change.”
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