Rob Gronkowski threatened to retire after he almost got traded to the Lions

The rift between the Patriots and Gronk was deeper than many knew.

Things were not good between the New England Patriots and Rob Gronkowski the past offseason, but few knew exactly how deep the rift had become. Now, ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that the Patriots and Lions were close to a mammoth trade that would have sent Gronkowski to Detroit, but it fell apart when Gronk threatened to retire if he was traded.

“When Gronkowski discovered he could be traded to Detroit that week, he...

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