Imagine if the Patriots traded Gronkowski following the move of receiver Brandin Cooks to Los Angeles. "That's all. Wasn't going anywhere without Brady".
It got to the point, according to the report, that Gronkowski was so unhappy with almost becoming a Lion that he wouldn't return any phone calls from the Detroit organization.
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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. Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford also gave Patricia the game ball for notching his first National Football League win.
Gronkowski wanted to play in New England, with Tom Brady, or nowhere at all.
The tight end, his agent and Bill Belichick all had a meeting at the end of April to try to clear the air. After the Super Bowl loss to Philadelphia, he admitted that he was contemplating retirement. He can earn $1 million in per-game roster bonuses, plus a maximum of $3.3 million by hitting three of the following four incentives: 70 or more catches, 1,085 receiving yards, 80 percent playing time or nine or more touchdown catches.
The Patriots have now lost two games in a row and are just 1-2 this season.
And Sunday's comments from the 6-foot-6 tight end officially confirmed the latter point.