CBS footage on the sidelines showed Brady retrieving his helmet and telling the coaching staff that he wasn’t coming out of the game. And right after Brady got Gronk his bonus, he came out of the game for Blaine Gabbert.
Gronkowski unlocked two $500,000 bonuses in Tampa Bay’s season finale this past weekend. He needed to hit 55 receptions and 750 receiving yards for the season and finished the year with 55 catches and 802 yards. Following the 41-17 win, Gronkowski joked that he was going to take his teammates to dinner, except for Brady.
The 44-year-old quarterback responded Monday on the latest episode of his “Let’s Go!” podcast on SiriusXM by saying he’d treat his offensive lineman to a fancy meal instead.
“I’m going to take my linemen out because those guys balled out all year. Maybe I’m going to take them to Morton’s and get them a nice steak because those boys deserve it. Those guys had a hell of a year. Tristan [Wirfs], Alex Cappa, [Ryan] Jensen, Donnie [Smith], and Ali Marpet, man, those guys balled out,” Brady continued Monday. “Gronk can have his dinner with all his tight ends. I’m going out with the o-linemen. Sorry, Gronk, I’m going to miss you. Just make sure you’re not out too late.”
With the Buccaneers now chasing back-to-back Super Bowl titles, their focus is a wild-card win on Sunday at home against the Eagles.