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Rob Gronkowski reportedly was almost traded to Lions before NFL draft

Ryan Hannable
September 23, 2018 - 10:26 am

DETROIT -- It's been widely reported the Patriots were close to trading Rob Gronkowski this offseason and the tight end threatened to retire if it happened because he didn't want to play for a team other than the Patriots and with Tom Brady.

Now, we know to whom he could have been traded.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Lions and Patriots were deep into trade discussions the week of the NFL draft, but Gronkowski wanted no part in it. He even did not return any phone calls from the Lions, even though he's familiar with new coach Matt Patricia and GM Bob Quinn from their time in New England. Predictably, the Lions were disappointed the deal did not go through.

The Patriots and Gronkowski reworked his contract at the end of the preseason to have up to $4.3 million added to his deal this year if he reaches some performance-based incentives.

Gronkowksi was taken off the injury report Friday and is good to go following an ankle injury earlier in the week.

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