Published: Sun, September 23, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Patriots and Lions discussed Rob Gronkowski trade


New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will face the Detroit Lions on Sunday night, but he could have been playing for them instead. The Patriots then called off any proposed trade with the Lions, leaving Detroit disappointed. However, Gronkowski threatened retirement to ensure he did not land with the Lions. That despite the fact that coach Matt Patricia and GM Bob Quinn are running the show in Detroit: both were long-time stalwarts of the Patriots organization.

Upon hearing about the potential trade, Gronkowski reportedly told those involved that he would retire before he could be sent to the Lions.

The Patriots opted to hold onto Gronkowski, agreeing to a revamped contract that added $4.3 million in incentives to his 2018 deal. He was removed from New England's injury report Friday after being limited in Wednesday's practice because of an ankle injury.

Detroit, on the other hand, is winless to start the year and may be looking at an increasingly tough season to stomach.

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With a chance to lead a potential late comeback against the Bears, Wilson threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown. The rushing attack also was shut down by Chicago's refurbished defense, finishing with 74 yards on 22 carries.

Over two career games against the Packers, Gronkowski has eight catches for 123 yards and no touchdowns.

Chung, who is also dealing with a concussion, sat out during the second half last week.

Given the circumstances, it seems to be the only way Gronkowski will ever take take the field in Detroit.

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