Willie McGinest on D&K speaks to Rob Gronkowski not wanting to leave Tom Brady

Ryan Hannable
September 25, 2018 - 6:28 pm

One of the biggest stories surrounding the Patriots this week is Rob Gronkowski confirming after Sunday's loss he nixed a trade to the Lions this offseason and threatened to retire. The reason was because he doesn't want to play for another quarterback besides Tom Brady.

Appearing on Dale & Keefe Tuesday, former Patriot and current NFL Network analyst Willie McGinest gave his thoughts on the matter.

“I don’t know exactly what to make of that, I just know that it would have been tough for him to leave Brady and that organization," he said. "He’s had so much success. Guys go through things in the offseason, I know he contemplated retirement right after the Super Bowl. He kind of mentioned it and talked about it. A lot of times we need to to step away from the game and reflect and think about things and think about the guys you are playing with. It’s not the same all over this league. I think it is a great fit.

"New England is home for Gronk and I think there’s some things that probably that went on. There’s talks that happen every year with every team as far as players moving around or people floating around ideas, but at the end of the day I know he wanted to be a Patriot.”

Brady and Gronkowski are both signed through the end of 2019.

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