Lions and Patriots nearly made an offseason trade for Gronkowski

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Report: TE Rob Gronkowski almost traded inside NFC North

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. However, Gronkowski threatened retirement to ensure he did not land with the Lions.

Shefter would go on to say that the Patriots and Gronkowski discussed options and the tight end would "continue playing - but only in New England".

Sources say Gronkowski's position was more related to not wanting to leave the Patriots rather than play for the Lions.

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Obviously, the Lions are the big losers here as it is so apparent they could have used Gronkowski's services this season.

The Lions take on the Patriots Sunday night in Detroit. At that point, the trade fell apart and the Patriots instead tweaked the star tight end's contract and he remained in New England. That's when Gronkowski found out about the imminent deal - and put a stop to it.

The Packers already got a taste of Mack, who was traded to the Chicago Bears the week before the season opener. He was limited in practice early last week with an ankle injury, but he was removed from the injury report Friday.

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