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Rob Gronkowski reportedly almost traded to Lions in offseason

Shannon Reynolds | 23 September, 2018, 19:51

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the Pats came close to moving Gronk to the Lions at April's NFL Draft.

It wasn't that Gronkowski didn't want to play in Detroit; he didn't want to play anywhere other than New England, according to sources. However, Gronkowski threatened retirement to ensure he did not land with the Lions.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the New England Patriots were close to sending tight end Rob Gronkowski to the Detroit Lions during the week of the National Football League draft. He and the Patriots eventually worked out a plan for Gronkowski to stay in New England. Predictably, the Lions were disappointed the deal did not go through.

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Tight end Jacob Hollister (chest), defensive end Trey Flowers (concussion), safety Patrick Chung (concussion) and cornerback Eric Rowe (groin) all have been ruled out, meaning we should see some new faces on defense for the Patriots.

All of the trade discussions stemmed out of the contractual concerns Gronkowski had with the Patriots. He has opened the 2018 season with nine receptions for 138 yards and a touchdown.

He is expected to play against the Lions Sunday at 1 p.m. ET, despite being limited in practice this week with an ankle injury.

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