The retired New England Patriots tight end and current FOX Sports analyst spoke to reporters on Tuesday during Super Bowl week in Miami and was posed the question of what Brady should do going forward.
“I truly believe he deserves the opportunity to go explore, see what’s out there,” Gronk told reporters, via NESN’s Doug Kyed. “He’s been playing for so long — just the way he’s been playing, the level he’s been playing at — he definitely deserves an opportunity to go out there and test the market.
“I mean, why wouldn’t you? You’ve never done it before in your career. He’s going to be a free agent for the first time in his career, so good for him. Go test out the market and then do what’s best for himself. That’s the decision he has to make: what’s best for himself, what’s best for his family.”
Brady is scheduled to be a free agent in march, and although the two sides could agree to an extension, has reportedly stated he won’t accept a hometown discount this time around according to Jay Glazer of FOX Sports.
“Everyone gets used to it after a little bit, but it would definitely be strange for a few weeks,” Gronk said. “It may be strange. But everyone adapts like any other time it happens.”