Published: Mon, September 24, 2018
Sport | By Ashley Hunter

Nothing personal, Lions, but Rob Gronkowski reportedly nixed a trade

Nothing personal, Lions, but Rob Gronkowski reportedly nixed a trade

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was almost dealt to the Detroit Lions the week before the 2018 NFL Draft, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Sunday morning.

The Patriots and Lions were deep into trade discussions last offseason that peaked during the week of the draft, when the teams almost completed a blockbuster trade involving Gronkowski, league sources tell ESPN.

Once Gronkowski threatened to retire, he and the Patriots met to map out a plan that would keep Gronkowski on the team for his entire career.

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And in fairness to Detroit - it's reported that Gronkowski would have nixed a deal to play anywhere other than with Tom Brady and the Patriots. That despite the fact that coach Matt Patricia and GM Bob Quinn are running the show in Detroit: both were long-time stalwarts of the Patriots organization. New England ultimately pulled the plug on the trade.

The 29-year old tight end has hauled in nine catches for 138 yards in New England's first two games this season. Ultimately, he made a decision to return to the Patriots, who later restructured his contract in an act of good will.

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