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Rob Gronkowski reportedly played role in nixing potential trade out of New England

Ryan Hannable
September 09, 2018 - 8:37 am

Remember those Rob Gronkowski trade rumors this offseason? Well, they apparently were very real.

According to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport, after shopping the tight end it appeared the Patriots had a deal done, but once Gronkowski found out about it, he strongly resisted.

The tight end made it clear he would rather retire than play with any other team, coach or quarterback. Once the Patriots learned this, it led to the meeting with Bill Belichick, Gronkowski and his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, and that was when Gronkowski announced via Instagram he would be returning.

The report also notes Alex Guerrero played a role as well, as Gronkowski didn't want to leave him as he has helped him feel the best he's ever felt playing the game.

Prior to the last preseason game, the Patriots added incentives to Gronkowski's deal for this season.

Barring something changing, it would appear the 29-year-old will be spending the rest of his career with the Patriots.

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