New England Patriots almost traded Rob Gronkowski to the Detroit Lions

Arnold Nichols
September 24, 2018

Johnson gained 101 yards on 16 carries as the Lions possessed the ball for more than 39 minutes.

Prior to the NFL's Week 3 Sunday night matchup between the New England Patriots and Detroit Lions, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that the Pats had considered trading All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski to a few different teams during the offseason.

"He's just a great player for us".

Brady pulled the Patriots within three points on a 10-yard TD pass to James White early in the third.


Gronkowski, whose body has taken a beating over the years, admitted in 2017 to considering retirement after another extended season that culminated in their Super Bowl LI win - so it only made sense that he'd have done the same a year later.

"Yeah, it happened. Brady's my quarterback, that's all". The reigning MVP managed to complete only 14-of-26 passes for 133 yards, a touchdown and an interception, while his new wideout, Josh Gordon, who came over this week from the Browns, was inactive with a hamstring issue. "I'm not going anywhere without Brady". Trey Flowers, the team's top defensive lineman, was knocked out of last week's game with a concussion and safety Patrick Chung also suffered a concussion - both have yet to practice this week and their availability looks increasingly in question.

Lions: Play at Dallas (1-2). RB Rex Burkhead left the game in the second half with a neck injury. The Patriots displayed none of the urgency they maintained they needed all week after losing in Jacksonville.

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