It appears the offseason trade rumors surrounding Rob Gronkowski were legitimate, as the New England Patriots almost sent their star tight end to the Detroit Lions before the NFL draft, league sources told Adam Schefter of ESPN.
"Yeah, it happened", Gronkowski said of Adam Schefter's report of a near trade with the Lions.
It'll be interesting to see how much the Patriots lean on Michel moving forward, especially after quarterback Tom Brady called for running back James White to be more involved in New England's offense following Sunday night's primetime loss.
"Brady's my quarterback", Gronkowski said.
Early last offseason there was major doubt whether Gronkowski would continuing play anywhere, but ended up agreeing to a reworked contract that added $4.3 million in incentives for the season with the Patriots. Gronkowski is on a very team-friendly deal, so the theey wouldn't have been unloading much in terms of salary.
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The tight end, his agent and Bill Belichick all had a meeting at the end of April to try to clear the air.
Gronkowski, whose body has taken a beating over the years, admitted in 2017 to considering retirement after another extended season that culminated in their Super Bowl LI win - so it only made sense that he'd have done the same a year later. He has nine catches for 138 yards and a touchdown through two games to start 2018. Last weekend, against Jacksonville, Gronk struggled and finished with two catches for 15 yards.
Brady connected with Gronkowski four times for 51 yards on Sunday.
Tight end Jacob Hollister, who has shown promise as a receiving target, also was also inactive.