Rob Gronkowski Confirms That He Threatened Retirement Over Trade To Lions

Hope Soto
September 24, 2018

Half a day before the Detroit Lions and New England Patriots kicked off on a Sunday Night Football showdown won by the Lions, ESPN's Adam Schefter released a report that an offseason trade nearly landed Gronkowski in Detroit as a Lion.

The Patriots and Lions were apparently closing in on a blockbuster deal involving Gronkowski during the week of the NFL Draft. The tight end believed he should get a new deal from New England, but the Patriots did not sound inclined to pony up a bunch of additional guaranteed money for a guy with his injury history. That prompted the Patriots to sit down with him and give him a refashioned contract that adds $4.3 million incentives for the 2018 season.

Gronkowski, 29, pondered walking away altogether following Super Bowl LII in February, but he met with Patriots brass to discuss his future, which included only catching balls from quarterback Tom Brady. He has 138 yards and a touchdown through two weeks this season heading into Sunday night's contest versus the Lions.

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New England has been desperate for wide receiver help with Cooks gone and Julian Edelman serving a suspension.

Josh Gordon came to the team last week for a fifth-round pick via the Cleveland Browns, but he's been anything but consistent when it comes to being at work every week.

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