On last night's episode of WWE Backstage, it was reported that former New England Patriots Tight End Rob Gronkowski was close to signing a deal with WWE, and could be appearing on television as soon as next week. It now seems that deal has been made official.

According to The Wrap, Gronk has officially signed with WWE. The three-time Superbowl Winner is scheduled to work WrestleMania 36 next month in Tampa, and will debut on next week's episode (March 20th) of Friday Night SmackDown on the FOX network.

This won't be the 30-year old superstar's first stint inside a WWE ring. At WrestleMania 33 Gronk got involved in the Andre the Giant Battle Memorial after a confrontation with former WWE champion Jinder Mahal. Gronk jumped into the ring and tackled Mahal, which gave his real-life friend, Mojo Rawley, the opportunity to win the matchup.

There's no official word on the length of Gronkowski's deal with WWE, or in what capacity is expected to be used. We'll keep you updated as more news comes.