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Oct 14, 2018; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) warms up before the start of the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

By Alex Barth, 985TheSportsHub.com

While attending Radio Row at the Super Bowl down in Miami, Rob Gronkowski shared his thought’s on Tom Brady’s pending free agency for the first time.

His message to his former quarterback? Go for it, as you can see in the below video from NESN’s Doug Kyed.

“I truly believe that he deserves the opportunity to go explore, to see what’s out there,” Gronkowski told reporters 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.”

In his nine NFL seasons, Gronkowski never became an unrestricted free agent, which Brady is set to become on March 18 (barring a deal with the Patriots before then).

“So good for him,” Gronkowski continued. “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.”

Gronkowski added he has spoken to Brady recently, but the two have not discussed Brady’s upcoming decision.

“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 … That’s all up to Tom. He’s a grown man and he’ll be able to make that decision on his own.”

With his contract set to expire at the end of the league year, Brady will be able to negotiate with all 32 NFL teams starting on March 16.

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