Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski almost traded to Lions, threatened to retire

Lions win over Patriots drew boffo TV ratings

Schefter reported what would have been a blockbuster trade Sunday morning on NFL Countdown, saying the deal would have reunited Gronkowski with former Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, who took over as the Lions head coach.

But late on Sunday night in Detroit, in the losing visitor's locker room, Rob Gronkowski stood at his locker and confirmed to reporters that Adam Schefter's report was right.

"When Gronkowski discovered he could be traded to Detroit that week, he threatened to retire rather than go to the Lions, according to sources". "Brady's my quarterback, that's all".

"Yeah, it happened", Gronkowski said when asked about the report. "I wasn't going anywhere without Brady", he said.

All of the trade discussions stemmed out of the contractual concerns Gronkowski had with the Patriots.

Tom Brady completed 14 of 26 passes for 133 yards, one touchdown and one interception for the Patriots (1-2).

The tight end, his agent and Bill Belichick all had a meeting at the end of April to try to clear the air. The two were atop the Patriots receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns list past year, combining for 134 catches, 2,166 yards, and 15 touchdowns. The Patriots cashed in on Brady's 10-yard pass to James White to cut Detroit's lead to 13-10. According to ESPN, the 29-year old tight end 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.

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