Lions Were Close To Trade With Patriots For Rob Gronkowski

Lions Were Close To Trade With Patriots For Rob Gronkowski

Lions Were Close To Trade With Patriots For Rob Gronkowski

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.

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On Monday the Lions looked like a team with a plan on offence and defence under their first-year coach, and former New England assistant.

Tight end Jacob Hollister, who has shown promise as a receiving target, also was also inactive.

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In March, Greg Bedard of the Boston Sports Journal reported that the "chances were increasing" the Patriots would, in fact, trade Gronkowski.

It sounds as if Gronkowski killed off the trade attempt with threats to retire and an unwillingness to work with those inside the Lions organization.

New England has been desperate for wide receiver help with Cooks gone and Julian Edelman serving a suspension. However, they lost 30-27 at San Francisco.

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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