Rapoport: Rob Gronkowski Threatened Retirement to Prevent Trade from Patriots

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistSeptember 9, 2018

New England Patriots' Rob Gronkowski (87) warms up before a preseason NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, Aug. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Jason E. Miczek)
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The New England Patriots reportedly considered trading Rob Gronkowski this offseason, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, but the tight end threatened to retire rather than play for a different team.

Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

From @gmfb Weekend: TE Rob Gronkowski made clear this offseason that he would only play for the #Patriots. That ended trade talks in their tracks. https://t.co/4LgtaB97aq

That put an end to any trade talks, and the Patriots ultimately restructured his contract in late August.

Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

Patriots reworked TE Rob Gronkowski’s contract, adding $4.3 million to his contract this year, per @RosenhausSports Added $1 million in per game bonuses and $3.3 million in incentives, boosting max value to $13.050 million. Similar to Tom Brady structure. https://t.co/XYy6xIg5Iu

"I'm super-satisfied with my situation," he said after restructuring his deal, per Phil Perry of NBC Sports. "If I wasn't, I would try to pull a move like they did. It works out. You get rewarded for holding out, but I'm not frustrated at all or anything. I'm super-satisfied and just ready to go. Ready to play. That's my main focus."

Gronkowski also restructured his deal ahead of the 2017 season, hitting the first tier of his incentive structure and making $10.75 million after earning All-Pro honors. He caught 69 passes for 1,084 yards and eight touchdowns last year.

A healthy and happy Gronkowski is key for the Patriots, especially after an offseason that saw them lose other offensive playmakers such as Brandin Cooks, Dion Lewis and Danny Amendola. While the Patriots aren't devoid of weapons—James White, Chris Hogan and Julian Edelman (upon his return from suspension) remain threats for Brady—Gronkowski is the team's most dangerous option.

His chemistry with Brady continues to be fruitful for New England. And that partnership was one Gronkowski apparently wasn't prepared to lose this offseason.


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