Patriots and Lions discussed Rob Gronkowski trade

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It appears the offseason trade rumors surrounding Rob Gronkowski were legitimate, as the New England Patriots almost sent their star tight end to the Detroit Lions before the NFL draft, league sources told Adam Schefter of ESPN.

When Gronkowski caught wind of the deal, according to Schefter, he threatened to retire.

Rob Gronkowski has spent the past week preparing to face the Detroit Lions on Sunday night, and there was apparently a point where he was close to catching passes from Matthew Stafford instead of Tom Brady.

In March, Greg Bedard of the Boston Sports Journal reported that the "chances were increasing" the Patriots would, in fact, trade Gronkowski. Other players included in the deal were not identified.

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Detroit was about three months removed from hiring former Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia as its new head coach when a trade appeared imminent. But Gronkowski blocked the big trade before it could get done.

By structuring the deal in this manner, Gronkowski's salary-cap charge for 2018 won't be dramatically affected, as the $3.3 million in incentives won't increase the charge.

He is expected to play against the Lions Sunday at 1 p.m. ET, despite being limited in practice this week with an ankle injury.

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