Ex-Patriots star Rob Gronkowski is reportedly close to deal with WWE

BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 07: Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots drinks beer during the Super Bowl victory parade on February 7, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime in Super Bowl 51. (Billie Weiss/Getty Images)

By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com

Life after football will apparently lead Rob Gronkowski to the squared circle, as the 30-year-old is close to a deal to join World Wrestling Entertainment, as first reported by pro wrestling insider Ryan Satin on FOX's "WWE Backstage."

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Per: @ryansatin ????BREAKING NEWS:[email protected] rumored to be close to a deal with @RobGronkowski #WWEBackstage https://t.co/xnD7HV2UrX

According to Satin's report, it is currently unclear what the 6-foot-6 Gronkowski will do with the company upon signing should a deal between the sides become finalized. But he did note that Gronkowski, who announced his retirement from football in Mar. 2019, could appear on WWE programming as early as the Mar. 20 episode of WWE Smackdown on FOX.

While seemingly out of left field given Gronkowski's other post-football endeavors, which have ranged from CBD deals to Masked Singer appearances, Gronkowski is not exactly foreign to the world of pro wrestling.

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Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots and WWE Superstar Mojo Rawley team up during the Andre the Giant Battle Royal on WWE Network's WrestleMania 33 Kic...

After appearing in a WWE ring at 2017's WrestleMania 33 to help his (real-life) friend Mojo Rawley win The Andre the Giant Battle Royal, there's been somewhat consistent talk of Gronkowski eventually making the jump to pro wrestling. In addition to Rawley's support, John Cena has given Gronkowski a vote of confidence as a potential superstar, and Stephanie McMahon was upfront when asked about the company's potential interest in adding Gronkowski when his name came up last April.

Gronkowski would not be the first pro football player to make the jump to pro wrestling, of course, but he would certainly be the most noteworthy, as Gronkowski exited the NFL as one of the most impactful tight ends in league history.

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