Patriots almost traded Gronk to Lions before draft


New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski threatened to retire when he was almost dealt to the Detroit Lions prior to the NFL Draft, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

And after the loss, Gronkowski confirmed the report - and all of the other ones, even - as being the truth.

He and the Patriots eventually worked out a plan for Gronkowski to stay in New England.

"Yeah, it happened", Gronkowski said.

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The tight end explained his reasoning, and it was quite simple: He didn't want to run routes for anybody but Tom Brady. "Brady's my quarterback. That's all".

The return for Gronkowski may never be known, but it's not unfathomable that Detroit would give up a first round pick for one of the greatest tight ends in National Football League history. That report stated that, upon being informed prior to April's draft that he was close to being traded to the Lions, Gronkowski threatened retirement and refused to play anywhere but New England. "People shouldn't be able to do that".

The Packers already got a taste of Mack, who was traded to the Chicago Bears the week before the season opener. He has nine catches for 138 yards and a touchdown through two games to start 2018.