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Rob Gronkowski refused Lions trade deal, threatened to retire

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski. (Photo: Getty Images)
Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski. (Photo: Getty Images)

According to a report from Adam Schefter of ESPN, there was a lot of drama happening behind the scenes for the Patriots during the weekend of the draft when it came to their star player, Rob Gronkowski.

Schefter has let loose a report that the Patriots where looking to trade the tight end to the Detroit Lions after Gronk asked for more money. Something the Patriots wasn’t willing to do reportedly due to Gronk’s history with injuries.

Per Schefter, the New England Patriots and the Lions “were deep into trade discussions last off season that peaked during the week of the draft, when the teams nearly completed a blockbuster trade.”

When Rob Gronkowski was told the news he threatened to retire and also refused to take any calls about trade talks from the Lions camp, Lions GM Bob Quinn and new Lions coach Matt Patricia. Gronk only wanted to play for the Pats with Tom Brady and didn’t want to go anywhere else.

The Patriots camp and Gronk decided to rework his contract with both parties happy about the outcome. Gronk was given an additional $4 million in incentives.

On Sunday night, the Detroit Lions will host the New England Patriots in week 3 of the NFL season.

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