Rob Gronkowski Confirms That He Threatened Retirement Over Trade To Lions


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When addressing a report of threatening to retire to nix a trade to the Lions this offseason, Rob Gronkowski made a pretty bold statement when it comes to what Tom Brady means to him.

"Yeah, it happened", Gronkowski said of Adam Schefter's report of a near trade with the Lions.

Schefter reported what would have been a blockbuster trade Sunday morning on NFL Countdown, saying the deal would have reunited Gronkowski with former Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, who took over as the Lions head coach.

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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.

"Well, I graduated high school in '15, so I was 15 years old, a sophomore in high school", Johnson said after the tilt, via the team's official website.

Though the Patriots lost, it's clear that Gronkowski was exactly where he wanted to be.

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The tight end, his agent and Bill Belichick all had a meeting at the end of April to try to clear the air.

Through two games this season, Gronkowski has nine catches for 138 yards and a touchdown.

On Sunday, Gronk led the Patriots with four catches for 51 yards as the offense struggled overall.

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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.

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