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Adam Schefter on K&C details what Patriots would have received in return for Rob Gronkowski from Lions

Ryan Hannable
September 24, 2018 - 9:49 am
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Following Sunday's loss to the Lions, Rob Gronkowski confirmed Adam Schefter's report from earlier in the day that he was close to being traded to the Lions this offseason, but he nixed the deal by threatening to retire. The Patriots tight end also said he doesn't want to play for anyone besides Tom Brady.

"Yeah, it happened," Gronkowski said. "Brady's my quarterback. That's all. Wasn't going anywhere without Brady."

Appearing on Kirk & Callahan Monday morning, Schefter detailed what went down around the time of the draft.

“Basically, the deal was all but agreed to," he said. "He was going to go there and I think when he found out that he was going there he [called the Patriots] said he didn’t want to go and needed to sit down and talk things through. He was able to state what he wanted going forward. They were able to state what they wanted going forward and the two sides were able to resolve it to where the deal wouldn’t have gone through because he didn’t want to go there. It wasn’t that he didn’t want to go to Detroit, he didn’t want to go anywhere. They could have traded him to the Rams, the Niners, the Titans, you pick the team, it doesn’t really matter. He wasn’t going to go.

"Now, there were conversations going on with a few other teams, I believe the Titans were one. I don’t know the full list of teams, but I know the Lions and the Patriots basically had the framework of a deal done and Gronk would have gone there, but he didn’t want to go anywhere. He didn’t want to leave. Tom Brady, he didn’t want to leave New England, he didn’t want to leave the organization. When the two sides got together the week of the draft, you’ll remember that meeting a couple of days before the draft, that put to bed any notion that he was going to be moving on, and in this particular case it would have been to Detroit.”

Schefter said the Patriots would have received draft picks in return.

“It would have been a trade involving draft picks," he said. "That was the basic trade. He was the only player involved in that trade. ... It would have been a combination of picks and it didn’t work out for either side and in the end, the Patriots got to keep him. The truth of the matter is, I think the Patriots are very fortunate they didn’t trade him because if they trade him I think one of the issues that they are already dealing with this season is the lack of weapons around Tom Brady. Danny Amendola is in Miami, Brandin Cooks is in LA, Julian Edelman is suspended — there just aren’t the number of wide receivers making plays that we’ve seen there in other years. If you take Gronk out of that, who is Tom throwing the football to?”

The Patriots are 1-2 on the year and now host the 3-0 Dolphins in Week 2.

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