Patriots and Lions discussed Rob Gronkowski trade

Lynette Rowe
September 23, 2018

Gronkowski revealed immediately after the Super Bowl that he was contemplating retirement, so it's unclear if that is what prompted the Patriots to shop him around.

The Patriots were deep into trade discussions to send All-Pro Rob Gronkowski to the Lions, according to Adam Schefter.

Sunday night's Patriots-Lions game already has an added storyline with Detroit coach Matt Patricia, New England's former defensive coordinator, going against his old team for the first time. In turn, it was understood that Gronkowski wouldn't be dealt. The sources who leaked the "nixed deal" assure ESPN that Gronk simply doesn't want to play anywhere other than New England, where he remains the focal point of a Tom Brady-led offense. The five-time Pro Bowler is said to have declined calls from Detroit, now coached by Matt Patricia - the former Patriots defensive coordinator - as New England worked to craft a stunning trade in the days leading up to this year's National Football League draft.

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He finished the 2017 season with 69 catches for 1,084 yards and eight touchdowns.

Gronkowski is looking to get back on track against the Lions after catching two passes on four targets for 15 yards last week against the Jaguars.

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