Looks like Patriots could be adding another Gronkowski
|09.06.11 at 1:44 pm ET|
It appears that the Patriots have either signed or about to sign the brother of New England’s Rob Grokowski, Dan Gronkowski.
According to multiple tweets from the Gronkowski brothers, the 6-foot-5, 255-pound Dan will join the Patriots. An initial Tuesday afternoon tweet from younger brother Glenn Gronkowski (who plays at Kansas State) wrote that Dan was officially a New England Patriot! Gronkk bros tearing up NE! However, that was quickly deleted. Minutes later, that was followed up by a tweet from brother Chris Gronkowski that echoed the same theme: There will now be two gronks in new England!
Dan is a 26-year-old tight end out of Maryland who was originally taken in the seventh round of the 2009 draft by the Lions, and was traded to Denver in September 2010. Last year with the Broncos, he had eight catches for 65 yards, but was part of Denver’s final cuts last weekend.
Rob admitted on Monday that this was a very difficult weekend for his family, as two of the three were cut by other teams, with Chris picked up by the Colts. There’s no official word that Dan has signed with the Patriots, but it would be an added bonus for brother Rob.
“Yeah, they’re my brothers,” Rob said. “I was just talking to them the whole time. My one brother got picked up on waivers by the Colts. I’m glad for him. I’m definitely always cheering for my brothers. The other one is still out there. He’s definitely a good tight end and I believe he’s going to be picked up somewhere, too, and we’ll all be playing somewhere this whole season.
“It’s definitely a tough time, you see your friends go, your family go. You just have to stay positive.”
Asked if it will be strange to have brother Chris playing for an AFC rival in the Colts, Rob said it just adds to the fun.
“As long as he’s playing, I don’t care what team he’s on. It makes it more fun playing versus him,” Rob Gronkowski said.
The Patriots came out of cutdown weekend with just two tight ends — Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez — and so the acquisition would certainly make sense from a personnel standpoint.
Mike Petraglia contributed to this report.