It’s that time of year in the NFL where rumors run wild and smokescreens fill the air. The most recent hearsay has been the Detroit Lions interest to trade for New England Patriots tight end, Rob Gronkowski.
According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, those reports were false and at no point ever even discussed.
The #Rams were interested in Odell Beckham, but the combination of likely trade compensation and future extension made the price exorbitant. There were never serious negotiations. Meanwhile, the #Patriots have had no talks about trading Rob Gronkowski & expect to keep him.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 4, 2018
Though blockbuster trades have seemed to come in droves this offseason, they are not easy to navigate. There are so many hurdles to clear in order to make it work in the first place.
Even if Gronkowski was on the trade block (never put anything past Bill Belichick and the Patriots), his age, injury history, and recent retirement talk would make any deal scary. Belichick is notorious for winning trades and sending veteran players off at the perfect time.
Gronkowski will be 29 soon and is slated to make nearly $9 million next season. That cap number alone would be difficult to squeeze in the Lions current cap.
The thought of Gronkowski is Honolulu blue is amazing, but the reality of this situation is it is very unlikely.