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

Report TE Rob Gronkowski almost traded inside NFC North

Report TE Rob Gronkowski almost traded inside NFC North

Gordon, who was acquired this week in a trade with the Cleveland Browns, is "no sure thing" to play when New England takes on the Lions in a Sunday Night Football matchup, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.

The deal was thwarted when Gronkowski threatened to retire if he was shipped off to Motown.

Amusing enough, the Patriots play against the Lions on Sunday Night Football in a game that marks the first time Matt Patricia will be coaching against his former team. However, once he was informed that New England was serious about trading him, Gronkowski threatened to retire.

Wide receiver Josh Gordon is a member of the Patriots.

Ahead of the 2018 season, the Patriots' reworked Gronkowski's contract, adding $4.3 million in incentives, including $1 million per-game roster bonuses.

Gronkowski, 29, pondered walking away altogether following Super Bowl LII in February, but he met with Patriots brass to discuss his future, which included only catching balls from quarterback Tom Brady. They lost Jordan Matthews to a hamstring injury and Eric Decker to retirement in the preseason, and have had a parade of receivers come through every week, including Corey Coleman. New England ultimately pulled the plug on the trade.

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