Earlier in the week, news broke that the New England Patriots had traded TE Rob Gronkowski to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a fourth-round draft pick. The trade reunites Gronk with his buddy and former teammate, Tom Brady, who signed with the Buccaneers earlier this month.
As we have all heard by now, prior to the 2018 season, the Patriots had a deal in place to trade Gronkowski to the Detroit Lions for a return package that reportedly included a first-round draft pick.
That trade was reportedly nixed by Gronkowski, who threatened to retire if he was going to be traded to the Lions.
Now, a new report has surfaced claiming that Brady threatened Patriots’ head coach Bill Belichick that he would leave if Gronkowski was traded to the Lions.
“But Gronk? Belichick tried to ship him out before the 2018 season. Had him signed, sealed and nearly delivered to the Lions before Gronk said, “Hell, no I won’t go,” and Tom Brady made it known they’d be minus one quarterback as well if they pulled that off.”
Report: @TomBrady threatened Bill Belichick that he will leave the #Patriots before their Super Bowl winning 2018 season if Belichick pulled the trigger on trading @RobGronkowski to the #Lions, per @tomecurran https://t.co/gp2f0oOuMh pic.twitter.com/WVo2QPTaXy
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) April 23, 2020
I guess we learn something new every day.