"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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However, May warned it would not happen under her leadership, saying: "The UK will leave on March 29 next year". She added: "There is still a lot of work to do", and a no-deal scenario can't be ruled out.
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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They were at American Red Cross Greater New York headquarters Monday, getting ready to deploy to North Carolina. Andrews said he will go to Raleigh, North Carolina , and then will find out where he will go.
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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If that happens, he will be obliged to register as a sex offender for life, instead of for a shorter timeframe decided by a judge. State sentencing guidelines, which are not mandatory, recommend a sentence between two and four years, Chanenson said.
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.