Rumors that the New England Patriots almost traded tight end Rob Gronkowski are true. This according to Adam Schefter, who revealed that Gronk was almost dealt to the Detroit Lions.
Schefter also confirms that the trade talks were ended by Gronk after he threatened to retire.
The Patriots and Lions were deep into trade discussions last offseason that peaked during the week of the draft, when the teams nearly completed a blockbuster trade involving Gronkowski, league sources tell ESPN.
When Gronkowski discovered he could be traded to Detroit that week, he threatened to retire rather than go to the Lions, according to sources. Gronkowski even declined to return the Lions’ calls, despite the fact that former Patriots executive Bob Quinn and coach Matt Patricia were leading the Detroit organization.
It was at that point that Gronkowski and Patriots officials met, with the two sides discussing a plan for the Pro Bowl tight end to continue playing — but only in New England. The Patriots then called off any proposed trade with the Lions, leaving Detroit disappointed.
And people question Gronk’s intelligence. He knew better than to let the Patriots send him to Detroit. My man wants to win and that’s not happening in Detroit.