Patriots Discussed Gronk Trade

Patriots owner Robert Kraft says last week’s trade buzz surrounding Rob Gronkowski was nothing but “hogwash.” However, it sounds like the Patriots did explore trading the tight end earlier in the offseason. The Pats were calling other teams about a possible Gronkowski trade as recently as three days before the draft, a league source tells Mike Florio of PFT

Incidentally, Gronkowski decided against retirement just two days before the draft, so one can’t help but wonder if the two events were related. It’s not clear how close the Patriots were to trading Gronkowski in the spring, or what they were seeking, but the notion of trading the tight end has at least been considered in New England.

In 2017, Gronk was on the field for 14 games, and managed 69 receptions, 1,084 yards, and eight touchdowns, all of which placed him within the top five among tight ends. When healthy, he is the most fearsome offensive weapon at his position and among the most dynamic talents in the game.

Gronk, who is signed through the 2019 campaign, is scheduled to earn a base salary of $8MM in 2018. New England has reportedly been working on “tweaking” his deal, but nothing has been agreed upon just yet.

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  1. jacobsigel1025

    If I’m the Pats I wouldn’t trade him in the first place but if I had to I wouldn’t take less than two first round picks or a starter and a first

    • kh5681

      Haha!! 2 firsts for a guy that wants to retire already. Yeah, good luck with that.

      • sportsfan101

        I highly doubt he wants to retire. Odds are that was a bargaining chip for a new contract and more money.

        • cka2nd

          With all the injuries, I’m just not sure that they could get two #1’s. More likely a #1 and then a #2 the next year.

  2. bradthebluefish

    I’m sure Pats did this with multiple players. Call around, see what a player’s worth is, and try to cash in on an overwhelming offer should there be one.

  3. david


    it would be ridiculous for them not to find out how other teams value their assets.

  4. kpak

    If he has half a successful year as his horse Pats will be fine, 2018 is the finish line for Gronkowski.

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