Rob Gronkowski threatened to retire after almost being traded to Lions

Doug Mendoza
September 24, 2018

Adding Gronkowski to the Lions would have only served to make winning the NFC North a more daunting task in 2018.

The Patriots tight end reportedly threatened retirement upon the Lions and Patriots almost completing a blockbuster trade for him last spring, sources told ESPN.

Matt Patricia had one of the best coaching gigs in the National Football League, serving as defensive coordination under Bill Belichick on the staff of the New England Patriots.

"When Gronkowski discovered he could be traded to Detroit that week, he threatened to retire rather than go to the Lions, according to sources".

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Patriots coach Bill Belichick's decision to leave Gordon's debut for another week comes after week in which Gordon got in limited practice with the New England offense, and was limited all the while due to an apparent hamstring injury.

Imagine if the Patriots traded Gronkowski following the move of receiver Brandin Cooks to Los Angeles.

The Lions will look to earn their first win of the season on Sunday night when they host Tom Brady and the Patriots.

The Patriots (1-2) have had weaknesses exposed on both sides of the ball, losing two of their first three games for the first time since 2012.

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