Tom Brady’s departure from the Patriots may feel like an open wound. Rob Gronkowski’s is far less complicated
But if Brady’s departure remains a sort of open wound, a free agent exit that left fans alternately heartbroken and angry, Gronk’s exit, despite being engineered in an even more deliberate way than Brady’s, feels far less emotionally complicated.
The lovable lug didn’t do the Patriots any favors on his way out, not when he delayed his retirement announcement long enough to keep an unsure front office off the tight end market and not again when his post-retirement trade demand (Brady or bust) left them with little to no bargaining power.
With Gronk, however, shrewdness and savvy have never been