Rob Gronkowski’s message to Tom Brady: ‘Go test out the market and then do what’s best’

"That’s the decision that he has to make, is what’s best for himself, best for his family, what he feels like he’s going to love.”

Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski
Rob Gronkowski (left) wants Tom Brady to test free agency before making a decision for next season. –Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Rob Gronkowski wants Tom Brady to take advantage of free agency for the first time in his career.

Gronkowski said that Brady should test the free-agent market before making a decision for the 2020 season.

“I truly believe that he deserves the opportunity to go explore, to see what’s out there,” Gronkowski told reporters in Miami on Tuesday. “I mean, he’s been playing for so long, and just the way that he’s been playing, just 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? I mean, you’ve never done it before in your career, and he’s going to be a free agent for the first time ever. So, good for him. Go test out the market and then do what’s best for himself. That’s the decision that he has to make, is what’s best for himself, best for his family, what he feels like he’s going to love.”

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Gronkowski, who is covering the Super Bowl as a commentator for FOX Sports, said that he doesn’t want to give Brady advice but he still does talk to his former teammate.

“I really haven’t talked to Tom like that. I did talk to him though after the game and just talked. It wasn’t all about football. Some of it was just about life and all,” Gronkowski said.

Brady will become a free agent for the first time in his career on March 18 unless he and the Patriots agree to a new contract before then.

While Gronkowski is retired and doesn’t have to worry about who he is catching passes from in New England, he did say that it would be strange if Brady isn’t with the Patriots next season.

“If you see a player play on a team for 10 years and go to another team, it’s always strange at first,” Gronkowski said. “But everyone gets used to it after a little bit. But it would definitely be strange if that happens — for a couple weeks, it may be strange. But everyone adapts, like any other time it happens.”