Chargers add former Broncos FB Chris GRonkowski
The New England Patriots’ star tight end Rob Gronkowski, broke out the news of his younger brother’s signing via twitter on Tuesday.
“Big Ups to my Bro #3 @Chrisgronkowski for signing with the San Diego Chargers!” wrote Rob Gronkowski.
Chris Gronkowski’s other brother, Dan Gronkowski, plays tight end for the AF North’s Cleveland Browns.
The 26-year-old Chris Gronkowski appeared in 14 games to catch one pass for 11 yards and four tackles, while mostly contributing on the Denver Broncos’ special teams. However, Chris Gronkowski became an unrestricted free agent this offseason after the Denver Broncos opted not to tender him a restricted free agent contract. Now, Chris Gronkowski will play for his fourth team in as many career seasons since joining the league.
Originally signed as an undrafted free agent out of Arizona, Chris Gronkowski signed with the Dallas Cowboys in 2010 to start 14 games in his rookie season. However, the Dallas Cowboys waived Chris Gronkowski prior to the 2011 season, as he was eventually claimed by the Indianapolis Colts. Chris Gronkowski played in seven games for the Indianapolis Colts, but he ended the season on the injured reserve after suffering a pectoral injury on Oct. 25. The Denver Broncos acquired Chris Gronkowski in a trade that sent defensive back Cassius Vaughn to the Indianapolis Colts last May.
Chris Gronkowski will return to play under San Diego Chargers’ current new head coach Mike McCoy and general manager Tom Telesco, after spending time with both in his previous stops across the league. Mike McCoy was the was hired away from the Denver Broncos at the end of the 2012 season, while Tom Telesco was part of the Indianapolis Colts front office when Chris Gronkowski spent a portion of his early career there.
The 6-2, 245 pound Chris Gronkowski has played 35 career games, while rushing five times for 17 yards and recording eight catches for 46 yards and one score during his three-year NFL career. However, Chris Gronkowski isn’t a lock to make the roster and will have to earn his roster spot with the San Diego Chargers, who features a backfield that includes Danny Woodhead, Ryan Mathews, Ronnie Brown, Edwin Backer, Foswhitt Whittaker and fullback Le'Ron McClain.