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Report: Patriots had trade talks about Rob Gronkowski with four teams

Patriots Wire logo Patriots Wire 6/19/2018 Isaiah Houde


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Rob Gronkowski and the New England Patriots got awfully close to parting ways this offseason, according to MMQB's Albert Breer.

There have been many uncertainties surrounding Gronkowski's future with the Patriots and as an NFL player. He began the offseason by contemplating retirement and he continued to send mixed signals throughout the offseason about his future status.

Breer was featured on The Herd with Colin Cowherd on Friday, and he mentioned the four teams that spoke to the Patriots.

"I don't think they were shopping Gronk to the entire league," Breer said. "But there were some teams they trust that I know that they talked to. Detroit, Tennessee, Houston, San Francisco - you guys can make the connections there."

All four of these teams have connections to Bill Belichick and the organization.

The organization employs former Patriots linebacker Mike Vrabel as their head coach and former Patriots front office staffer Jon Robinson as their general manager. The Lions hired former Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia as their head coach this offseason. Their general manager, Bob Quinn worked in the Patriots' front office for 16 years. Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien was once the Patriots offensive coordinator. While the 49ers don't have a notable former Patriots in their front office or on their coaching staff, Jimmy Garroppolo is their starting quarterback, who San Francisco acquired in a trade with the Patriots. The Patriots and the 49ers seem to have an openness to trading with one another.

Considering Gronkowski's offseason antics, conducting business with all four of these teams would make sense for Belichick. Belichick has spoken to Gronkowski about the situation recently, according to Breer.

"This kind of came to a point where he sort of disengaged from the program and asked for a raise," Breer said. " … there was this bizarre press conference before that monster truck rally that Gronk had. That sort of served as the 'All right, we need to get him in here now and need a sit-down talk with him because this can't keep going the way it's going.'

"So Bill has Gronk in, and at that point, Bill had some discussions about trading him and Gronk sat down with Bill and all indications I got was that Gronk basically affirmed to Bill he wants to be a Patriot. That's when they decided 'OK, we're gonna try to work out contract terms and go forward with this thing,'… but there was a come to Jesus moment."

Gronkowski did attend minicamp and seems to be devoted to the team this season.

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