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Gronk threatened to retire if Pats traded him to Lions

Gronk threatened to retire if Pats traded him to Lions

"Brady's my quarterback", Gronkowski said.

Adding Gronkowski to the Lions would have only served to make winning the NFC North a more daunting task in 2018.

In March, Greg Bedard of the Boston Sports Journal reported that the "chances were increasing" the Patriots would, in fact, trade Gronkowski. However, once he was informed that New England was serious about trading him, Gronkowski threatened to retire.

There was a moment, early in the fourth quarter Sunday night, when you could feel the crowd really, truly, inexplicably begin to believe that the Lions were going to take down the Patriots. Patricia's approach on defense unsettled New England quarterback Tom Brady.

The Patriots finally called off the trade, likely leaving the Lions very disappointed.

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Leading into this past offseason, Gronk was a major storyline.

Gronkowski, whose body has taken a beating over the years, admitted in 2017 to considering retirement after another extended season that culminated in their Super Bowl LI win - so it only made sense that he'd have done the same a year later.

In the end, it looks like a bullet dodged for the Pats. With Gordon out and Julian Edelman suspended, only three wide receivers - Chris Hogan, Phillip Dorsett and Cordarrelle Patterson - will lineup on offense.

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

Brady connected with Gronkowski four times for 51 yards on Sunday. Nevertheless, it's a good thing this tight end is still with the Patriots.


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