Patriots Nearly Traded Rob Gronkowski to Lions Before He Threatened to Retire

Patriots Nearly Traded Rob Gronkowski to Lions Before He Threatened to Retire

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.

Rob Gronkowski would have rather hung up his cleats for good than play for another team, even if coached by a former Patriots coach.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reported Sunday that the teams were "deep" in trade talks, which peaked the week of the NFL Draft.

Strawberry needle saboteurs 'should swing for this' - agriculture minister
Australia supermarket giant Woolworths said on Thursday it had also withdrawn sewing needles from its shelves nationally. They are also investigating reports of contaminated fruit found at a supermarket in the Hobart suburb of Kingston.

Schefter reported on Sunday, hours before the Patriots and Lions kick off on Sunday Night Football, that the two teams almost completed a trade in the offseason that would've shipped Gronkowski to Detroit. The Patriots then called off any proposed trade with the Lions, leaving Detroit disappointed. New England ultimately pulled the plug on the trade. Ultimately, he chose to return to the Patriots, who later restructured his contract in an act of good will.

The story had a happy ending for Gronkowski and the Patriots, who agreed to a reworked contract in the summer that added $4.3 million in incentives for the 2018 season. He has nine catches for 138 yards and a touchdown through two games to start 2018.

Related Articles

  • Iran vows to avenge deadly military parade attack

    Iran vows to avenge deadly military parade attack

    The so-called Islamic State and the separatist Arab-Sunni group Al-Ahvazieh have both claimed responsibility for the attack . Iran faces pressure to swiftly respond to the high-profile attack, which has hurt the security establishment's prestige.
    Chelsea drop first points of season in draw at West Ham

    Chelsea drop first points of season in draw at West Ham

    As the sun came out at the London Stadium , Chelsea again established control and almost took the lead when N'Golo Kante headed wide.
    Could Tiger Woods win his first tournament since 2013?

    Could Tiger Woods win his first tournament since 2013?

    He finished second at the PGA Championship this August, losing to Brooks Koepka by two shots despite shooting a final round 64. Woods was 12-1 to win the Masters before this weekend. "Obviously, people are excited about watching Tiger play again".
  • Tropical depression forms in the Atlantic; three other disturbances tracked

    Tropical depression forms in the Atlantic; three other disturbances tracked

    Leslie is only moving west at about 3 miles per hour and isn't expected to move very far in the next two days, forecasters say. The Windward Islands of the eastern Caribbean are expected to be first the feel the impacts of the building storm.
    Can sorry for ´we´re not women´ blast over Ronaldo red card

    Can sorry for ´we´re not women´ blast over Ronaldo red card

    When Valencia defender Jeison Murillo tried to block CR7, Ronaldo gave him a slight push due to which Murillo fell down. The case will be dealt with by the UEFA Control's Ethics and Disciplinary Body next Friday, Sept. 27.
    Joshua Weighs Heavier Than Povetkin At Title Weigh

    Joshua Weighs Heavier Than Povetkin At Title Weigh

    Joshua-Povetkin is a fight that pales in comparison to the public interest and money a fight with Wilder would generate. Joshua has a significant height and reach advantage of several inches over Povetkin, the 2004 Olympic champion.
  • Minnesota Timberwolves rebuffing Jimmy Butler trade calls

    Minnesota Timberwolves rebuffing Jimmy Butler trade calls

    A max contract has been on the table for Towns to accept for months, only for him to delay signing the deal. However, late in the week it came out Minnesota owner Glen Taylor was not on the same page as Thibodeau.
    Facebook to 'echo' Amazon's smart home product with its own device

    Facebook to 'echo' Amazon's smart home product with its own device

    Amazon recently teased an upcoming feature called Alexa Hunches that is created to infuse the digital assistant with intuition. The global tech giant Amazon has been well known for its range of home devices or to be precise, for its smart home devices .
    Nirmala lying on Rafale: Rahul

    Nirmala lying on Rafale: Rahul

    India's defence ministry wrote on Twitter that neither the Indian nor French government "had any say in the commercial decision". You betrayed India's soul (sic)", Gandhi tweeted.
  • Polls: Kavanaugh’s Popularity Hits New Lows After Ford Accusation

    Polls: Kavanaugh’s Popularity Hits New Lows After Ford Accusation

    The allegation against Judge Kavanaugh, President Trump's pick for the United States top court, became public last week. Other tweets from Grassley Friday night read like group chat, with direct appeals to Ford and text-message shorthand.
    Police Launch International Manhunt for 3D-Printed Gun Activist Cody Wilson

    Police Launch International Manhunt for 3D-Printed Gun Activist Cody Wilson

    Since Wilson's passport was canceled, he was no longer legally in the country and was placed into custody. The agent involved in Wilson's rental notified police of his whereabouts after seeing him on the news.
    Red Cross responds to Hurricane Florence

    Red Cross responds to Hurricane Florence

    The potential severity of Hurricane Florence has kick-started local Red Cross chapters into full-fledged assistance mode. Every tornado, every hurricane, every flood, The Red Cross can help because of private funds donated by people like you.