Lions Were Close To Trade With Patriots For Rob Gronkowski

Schefter reports that Gronkowski threatened to retire upon learning of the talks and did not return any of the Lions' calls. The Patriots had been discussing a trade with a few teams, and Gronkowski wouldn't have reported to any of them, sources said. "That's all. Wasn't going anywhere without Brady".

It's worth noting that both Brady and Gronkowski skipped all of the Patriots' voluntary workouts this past offseason, and that both reworked their contracts with performance-based incentives that could pay them closer to market value.

It got to the point, according to the report, that Gronkowski was so unhappy with almost becoming a Lion that he wouldn't return any phone calls from the Detroit organization.

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He was an All Pro in 2013 after leading the National Football League with 1,644 receiving yards to go with nine touchdowns. However, San Francisco's 2019 fifth-round pick went to Detroit in the Laken Tomlinson deal prior to last season.

Matt Patricia got his first win as head coach, out-dueling his mentor Bill Belichick in a game the Lions absolutely had to have.

The tight end explained his reasoning, and it was quite simple: He didn't want to run routes for anybody but Tom Brady. He's signed through 2019.

The Patriots, of course, proceeded to assemble a 12-4 regular-season record and advanced to the Super Bowl that year. Perhaps he doesn't save the team, but he certainly extends their offense to another level in two weeks' time. Last weekend, against Jacksonville, Gronk struggled and finished with two catches for 15 yards. Nevertheless, it's a good thing this tight end is still with the Patriots.

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