Did Gronk commit to returning to prevent a trade?

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After nearly three months of mystery regarding his intentions, capped by recent public comments suggesting he’s not nearly as all in for football as he needs to be, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski suddenly has renewed his football vows. So what prompted it?

Peter King of SI.com has a very intriguing theory. The Patriots needed to know what Gronkowski plans to do before the draft, since they may have to draft his replacement if they don’t know what he’s doing. That part was fairly obvious; here’s where Peter goes next level (and I think directly to the heart of the matter): If Gronkowski hadn’t given a commitment to playing in 2018, coach Bill Belichick quite possibly would have traded Gronk before or during the draft.

Gronkowski still could be traded, in theory. And now that he has declared a commitment to playing in 2018, maybe it will be easier to pull it off.

Of course, Gronkowski may change his mind about playing if he suddenly ends up in a new city. Then again, if another team is willing to give him a raise over the $8 million he’s due to make in 2018, maybe he’ll be even more inclined to play, in 2018 and beyond.

71 responses to “Did Gronk commit to returning to prevent a trade?

  1. Wouldn’t his commitment to playing this year ensure his tradeability? We’ve heard all off-season how he’s ready to hang it up; why would some other team trade for him knowing they may be getting Stone Cold Gronk Austin instead of a football player?

  2. Nothing Gronk has done, in announcing his return, would prevent a trade. But there’s no need for Pats fans to worry. Because the Great Hoodie would never, ever sit a player or trade a player over this kind of pettiness. Right?

  3. Gronk made a strategic error in his attempt to get more money – he forced the Patriots to plan for life after he is done playing. Belichick may have realized that bundling Gronk with another pick might get the team a franchise QB in round 1 as opposed to gambling in round 3 on Lauletta or White (or round four on McGough or Woodside). Gronk would instantly become a draw in Cleveland where the stadium is less than half full and give the Browns a tremendous blocker and pass receiver while removing a visible distraction and salary cap liability from the Patriots. I tend to think that Gronk announced his plans to reassure the Browns that he would play in a ploy to get a new contract … say for $15 million per year for three years? Look for this to play out @ 1 hour into the draft.

  4. Aw look, here’s today’s salt exerciser for Patriot-hater. How were Gronk’s “recent public comments” suggestive? – he wasn’t on a cruise but competing in a bit of fun sports at Patriots’ own stadium – and presumably being a crowd puller for Kraft.

    And I’m sure Belichick told all his guys, Gronk included, to confirm plans before the draft. But dream on about a trade – why get rid of by far and away the NFL’s best TE, aged 28, who has chemistry with Brady? And Gronk gets more than $8M this year – it’s $9M with bonuses, and taking the whole 8yr contract & signing & other bonuses, it’s all been very fair to him.

    And when has he, Kraft or Belichick or Brady ever said anything other than great things about each other? It’s all been idle offseason speculation to give salty hater their feed for the day…

  5. dirtdawg53 says:
    April 25, 2018 at 6:09 am
    Nothing Gronk has done, in announcing his return, would prevent a trade. But there’s no need for Pats fans to worry. Because the Great Hoodie would never, ever sit a player or trade a player over this kind of pettiness. Right?

    11 13 Ra

    Sure he would, and we’re fine with it. Any other coaches you know of been to 8 SB’s? Closest is 6 by Dirty Don waaay back in SB XIV. Look at it this way, had he played Butler, you’d have nothing to complain about. Malcolm wasn’t the reason Philly won.

  6. .
    A couple of things about Gronk’s contract :

    1. Gronk resigned with the Patriots early, prior to his first contract expiring. He took the guaranteed 10 million dollar signing bonus at a time when he was batting several injuries. The Patriots were very exposed cap wise if he sustained another significant injury.

    2. Last year the Patriots amended his contract with an easily attainable incentive package that could bring him an extra 5.5 million dollars.

    3. Because of his knowledge of the offense and his chemistry with Brady, Gronk is worth more to the Patriots than an opponent with a new system.
    .

  7. Gronk is gone from New England, if not this year, it will be next. Bill has to put up with Brady’s temper tantrums, he will not put with Robert’s. He will get even and it will send a message.

  8. What TE could you even come close to replacing Gronk’s production for 8 million dollars a year and what team looking for a ring would not welcome him even if they had to sweeten the pot say to 12 million a year. Belichick and the Patriots have a bargain like no other on their hands and if they do trade him it’s for something really, really big.

  9. Belichick doesn’t do flippant or make matters more complicated than they actually are. He operates with a simple binary ” Does this make us better” yes / no flowchart.

    Not infallible, but the success rate attests that he gets it right more frequently than his other, constantly changing 31 peers.

  10. terripet says:
    April 25, 2018 at 6:47 am
    Sure did but he will be traded anyway. Bill knows he’s a piece of glass

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    Speaking of pieces of glass, is Andrew Luck still throwing nerf balls 15 months after his surgery? In the scheme of things, Luck makes Sam Bradford look resilient

  11. Bill wants to dump Brady and draft Lamar Jackson.

    That way, Bill will get 5 years to win with a new QB
    to show that it was the coach, not the QB, who lead the team.

  12. limakey says:
    April 25, 2018 at 7:11 am
    Gronk is gone from New England, if not this year, it will be next. Bill has to put up with Brady’s temper tantrums, he will not put with Robert’s. He will get even and it will send a message.
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    Gronk is leaving at some future point? Oh dear!!

    Kraft does not have temper tantrums he does business on a level headed pragmatic basis. Its how he got so rich. Belichick does his business the same way, sometimes getting criticized for how pragmatic. Its how he amassed such a winning records, and how he got rich. Brady and Gronk when it comes to their football careers are bith stone cold professionals. They are not screwing around playing kids games with petty grudges. Its why they have been so successful in the game. And how they got so rich. All these theoretical soap operas are being dreamt up by folks that cant picture a professional organization where everyone is a hardworking and goal focused professional. But honestly, many of us do work in exactly such an environment.

  13. somethinsbruin says:
    April 25, 2018 at 7:06 am
    As a pats fan, I want him traded. No room for his BS anymore.

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    All this noise has been the media trying to analyze his every move. Gronk himself has been silent. Same with Brady. Even when these guys are silent the media still takes the absence of info and tries to make it mean something. We readers have to know when to just glaze past that. But still click for them please. That helps them pay the bills and we do want them around at the times when there really is stuff to report.

  14. Gronk has been working out at the facility. Kraft and BB have talked with him. It was rumored that away from the media he was saying this earlier. Peter King knows nothing about BB. They haven’t talked for 12 years? King should keep to beerness and coffeeness.

  15. somethinsbruin says:
    April 25, 2018 at 7:06 am

    As a pats fan, I want him traded. No room for his BS anymore.

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    What BS? If you want to see what a real distraction in the offseason looks like, take a look at Odell – an even he’s not getting traded. 87 is more valuable at the TE spot, relative to the field, than any other player in the league relative to their position. His receiving is fantastic of course, but perhaps the majority of his value comes from the combination of his blocking and the unique formation/play flexibility his presence introduces him. He’s a once in a generation talent and trading him over a few lighthearted antics and an oddball press conference would be a huge mistake. No criminal nonsense, no suspensions, no bad mouthing teammates or coaches and constantly giving back to his community, in addition to his prodigious talent and production – so tired of that BS. I’m sure it happens with any successful team but the population of my fellow Pats “fans” seem to have more and more entitled bandwagon members with each season.

  16. tb12greatest says:
    April 25, 2018 at 6:07 am
    Patriots dynasty lives on. Everyone bow to the 5X super bowl champs.

    —-

    And 3X losers. Including this year. No one is bowing.

  17. Sorry media, 0 for 3. BB is returning. Gronk is returning. Brady is returning. No change in contract status. All are under contract for at least 2 more years. Talk about made up stuff to stir the pot.

  18. tb12greatest says:
    April 25, 2018 at 6:07 am
    “Everyone bow to the 5X super bowl champs”

    ////////////////////////

    The Steelers, Cowboys, Patriots or 49ers?

  19. The story contradicts itself all over the place:
    1. “If Gronkowski hadn’t given a commitment to playing in 2018, coach Bill Belichick quite possibly would have traded Gronk before or during the draft.”
    2. “Gronkowski still could be traded, in theory.”
    3. “Did Gronk commit to returning to prevent a trade?”
    4. “And now that he has declared a commitment to playing in 2018, maybe it will be easier to pull it off.”

    Do better.

  20. dirtdawg53 says:
    April 25, 2018 at 6:09 am
    Nothing Gronk has done, in announcing his return, would prevent a trade. But there’s no need for Pats fans to worry. Because the Great Hoodie would never, ever sit a player or trade a player over this kind of pettiness. Right?
    —————-
    That is correct. He would only sit a player if that player is not able to deliver as the best option available. And he only trades a player if the players value as a trade exceeds the value of keeping him. And he would not re-sign a player if that player’s asking price (in terms of salary cap % not $) exceeds his value on the field.

  21. flviking says:
    April 25, 2018 at 8:18 am
    tb12greatest says:
    April 25, 2018 at 6:07 am
    “Everyone bow to the 5X super bowl champs”

    ////////////////////////

    The Steelers, Cowboys, Patriots or 49ers?

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    Even as a Patriots fan I have to give that argument to the Steelers. They have 6. We are working on it though.

  22. I thought the MEDIA-CREATED narrative was that Gronk hated ‘The Patriot Way’ and wants out. Now it’s Gronk committing to the Patriots so he DOESN’T get traded?

    Which is it?

  23. deneb1973 says:
    April 25, 2018 at 6:17 am

    Gronk would instantly become a draw in Cleveland where the stadium is less than half full
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    What an ignorant comment, that stadium is always full no matter what.

    The Browns have the best fans in all of pro sports, you really should go check it out some day.

  24. tb12greatest says:
    April 25, 2018 at 6:07 am
    Patriots dynasty lives on. Everyone bow to the 5X super bowl champs.

    ___________________________________________________________________

    5X *************************#############CHEATERS

  25. Per the Monster Promotion gone wrong I thought Gronk was just being “in character.” He’s an all world TE but hardly a novice as an actor. His performance was so bad he needed to provide clarity. I bet there are people posting commits that could out act Gronk.

    Fame sort of has him at a cross roads.

  26. cadreamer1969 says:
    April 25, 2018 at 8:16 am
    Sorry media, 0 for 3. BB is returning. Gronk is returning. Brady is returning.
    __________________
    Like there was any doubt.
    Don’t blame the media…..blame the drama queens who think they need to be in the spot light 24/7.

  27. “tb12greatest says:
    April 25, 2018 at 6:07 am
    Patriots dynasty lives on. Everyone bow to the 5X super bowl champs.”

    What’s it like living in the past?

  28. Given his age (for football) and his injury history, shouldn’t the Pats be looking for his replacement whether he is back or not? He is great when healthy, but has missed 10 games in the last two seasons, and likely played a few more games while dinged up.

  29. I have a better theory. Gronk was still upset over the inexplicable benching of Malcolm “who ended the Sea Dork dynasty” Butler for no reason. The benching likely cost the Pats and Gronk another ring. Danny Amendola was angry too, and he said that Belichick is the greatest coach but sometimes he acts like an “A-hole.” I bet a lot of Patriot players were puzzled, even angered, by the benching, but they make a lot less money than Brady and Gronk so they have to pretend that nothing weird happened and that the decision had nothing with them not winning the SB. Time heals almost everything. Now that the season is about to start again, both Gronk and Brady have gotten past their anger and they are ready to work for another chance of a SB ring.

  30. The press has gotten virtually every prediction about the Pats wrong so far this off-season.

    So I guess I’m skeptical of this article also.

    Can’t wait for the regular season to start…

  31. hukdeep says:
    April 25, 2018 at 9:11 am
    “tb12greatest says:
    April 25, 2018 at 6:07 am
    Patriots dynasty lives on. Everyone bow to the 5X super bowl champs.”

    What’s it like living in the past?
    ___________________

    Last time I checked 2016 was very recent.

  32. Gronk’s off-field appeal would be maximized if he remains a Patriot—-Gronk, be careful what you wish for. Having said that the Pats are most likely to move on from Gronk next year if they think he will be difficult to re-sign.

  33. I’m as much of a hater as anyone, but this is getting ridiculous. He will play and he’ll put up huge numbers again. Best in the game by far. In other news, GO LEAFS GO

  34. dimi1919 says:
    April 25, 2018 at 9:38 am
    He will play and he’ll put up huge numbers again.
    _____________
    Kinda hard to do when you’re on the sidelines with another injury.
    #Glasskowski

  35. Ceetainly possible. Look, as a diehard of over 35 years, season tickets in my family on the 40 yard line, 12 rows up, never really missed a game in my life type of fan, I am not thrilled with Brady or Gronk’s antics on the heels of Butler’s antics heading into the SB.

    What Butler did was on Butler. His moping, his lack of commitment and the fact he was so self-centered leading up to the SB, etc, is not far off from Brady’s Guerrero crap, being above the team, or Gronk’s high profile status.

    The team comes first. Period. And, the fact is, both Brady and Gronk know what it takes to commit to win it all.

    There can’t be even 1 guy wavering in that locker room or it won’t work.

    Shut the hell up and play football. Real Boston/NE fans do not care about the LA/NY crap.

    But, yes, I don’t like Peter King, but I think he’s onto something with Gronk fearful of a trade, as he should be. Him being dumped like BB dumped a Logan Mankins is without question, a reality.

    You’re either in or out.

  36. crush22 says:
    Like there was any doubt.
    Don’t blame the media…..blame the drama queens who think they need to be in the spot light 24/7.

    ==============================

    Who would that be exactly? Brady and Gronk have never “confirmed” to the media they were playing in any other given season. This is off season story speculation being pushing by the media and supported by readers. It obviously gets eyeballs so they keep writing them.

  37. Everyone thinks Gronk is soooooo stupid right ?
    Well if you think for one second that gronk & his agent didn’t tell ole hoodie & Kraft now that he’s committed to playing that if they do in fact try to trade him that he’ll just retire.

    Dudes got more money than God so trust me he is not as stupid as he acts 😜

  38. omeimontis says:
    April 25, 2018 at 9:16 am
    I have a better theory. Gronk was still upset over the inexplicable benching of Malcolm “who ended the Sea Dork dynasty” Butler for no reason. The benching likely cost the Pats and Gronk another ring. Danny Amendola was angry too, and he said that Belichick is the greatest coach but sometimes he acts like an “A-hole.” I bet a lot of Patriot players were puzzled, even angered, by the benching, but they make a lot less money than Brady and Gronk so they have to pretend that nothing weird happened and that the decision had nothing with them not winning the SB. Time heals almost everything. Now that the season is about to start again, both Gronk and Brady have gotten past their anger and they are ready to work for another chance of a SB ring.

    ———————–

    Sorry, but this is all made up. None of those guys were “angry” Butler didn’t play. They are likely angrier Butler’s performance was a 103 passer rating against, with him unable to hold it together mentally to be ready to play.

    Nice guy, hard worker, etc, but boy did he shoot himself out of town, destroying his legacy. He may need to buy his drinks in Boston now, which is a shame. They offered him 8 mil per. VERY fair deal in line with a Chris Harris and he’d be the highest paid STAR CB in the league. Now, he’s going to get exposed an overpaid starting outside CB who isn’t as good in man coverage against larger WRs. Logan Ryan will be seen as the better investment to the Titans fans. You’ll see.

    I’ll go by Mcourty, Chung, etc, and the guys in the secondary who played with Butler, sat in meetings with him, just like I’ll go with Matt Patricia’s quote about how hard it was to get Butler to buy in after his jealousy of Gilmore’s contract, festered ALL YEAR. Their silence is DEAFENING.

    It is ridiculous to think Butler is so sensitive that he cried after learning they weren’t going to start the game in dime. It’s embarrassing, but that is on Butler, nobody else.

    No coach should have to deal with such immaturity and lack of commitment from a starter.

  39. For a guy who’s made of “glass”, he somehow found the time during his busy scedule to put up gargantuan numbers over the last 8 years: 76 tds, 474 receptions, 7179 yards. He is the best blocking TE as well. The premier TE of this generation, and maybe ever. He’s a 1st ballot HOF entry. These are the facts.

    He’s a Patriot until Brady isn’t. Realistically 2 more years. That’s what will happen unless some team overpays on an offer that Belichick can’t refuse.

  40. What Gronkowski says to the team privately, and what he says or doesn’t say to the media are two different things. The media is trying to turn this into a circus act!

  41. “What’s it like living in the past?” What past? The Patriots were in the last three out of four Super Bowls , how is that living in the past?
    Last time I checked the one and only team with five Super Bowl wins with the same quarterback was TB12 and the Pats !!!!!
    If anyone is living in the past it’s Pittsburgh!!!
    Go Pats!!

  42. Gronk still might get traded. Bill will do what’s best for Bill. Besides, if Gronk wants to act like a cartoon, he’s going to be treated like a cartoon.

  43. You guys should seek some sort of counseling. First, you freak out over his comments several months ago. Then there were weekly updates questioning if he would retire, if he was disgruntled or any number of conspiracy theories regarding why he didn’t personally inform you of his plans. Then he said he would skip a voluntary thing to dirt bike or whatever and you guys broke your keyboards. Now, he has finally committed to playing in 2018 and you immediately question his motives. Really, seek help guys.

  44. hukdeep says:
    April 25, 2018 at 9:11 am
    “tb12greatest says:
    April 25, 2018 at 6:07 am
    Patriots dynasty lives on. Everyone bow to the 5X super bowl champs.”

    What’s it like living in the past?

    4 5 Rate This

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    you do realize it is highly likely the pats will be in their 8th straight conf title game this year, right?

    you people are deluisonal

  45. flviking says:
    April 25, 2018 at 8:18 am

    tb12greatest says:
    April 25, 2018 at 6:07 am
    “Everyone bow to the 5X super bowl champs”

    ////////////////////////

    The Steelers, Cowboys, Patriots or 49ers?
    __________________________________________

    Why don’t you start with the one that’s actually done it in this century?

  46. With all due respect, Mike, are we REALLY under the impression that would stop Bill?

    He’ll do whatever he pleases, as we’ve seen routinely.

  47. hukdeep says:
    April 25, 2018 at 9:11 am

    What’s it like living in the past?
    ———————–

    Ask the Steelers, Cowboys, and 49ers fans.

  48. FinFan68 says:
    April 25, 2018 at 10:16 am
    You guys should seek some sort of counseling. First, you freak out over his comments several months ago. Then there were weekly updates questioning if he would retire, if he was disgruntled or any number of conspiracy theories regarding why he didn’t personally inform you of his plans. Then he said he would skip a voluntary thing to dirt bike or whatever and you guys broke your keyboards. Now, he has finally committed to playing in 2018 and you immediately question his motives. Really, seek help guys.

    ———————

    Umm, no real Pats fan with a college degree is freaking out or reacting in any way at all.

    We’re so used to fake news and trolling by the Boston, and the national media, that we can sniff out what is real news and something of note, and what is sensationalism for click bait.

    We’ve been able to do this for years and years so we have great skills in detecting what is phony and what isn’t.

    Gronk has 18 million guaranteed reasons to hold off on a movie career or whatever else and to not waste playing with the greatest GM/Coach and QB ever.

    That said, the social media crap and passive aggressive crap from both Brady and Gronk can be curtailed, yes.

  49. montgomeryfunke says:
    April 25, 2018 at 6:06 am
    Wouldn’t his commitment to playing this year ensure his tradeability? We’ve heard all off-season how he’s ready to hang it up; why would some other team trade for him knowing they may be getting Stone Cold Gronk Austin instead of a football player?

    ——————–

    Absolutely. Regardless, each situation helps the Pats and “retirement” was never a real consideration, at least right now.

    18 mill guaranteed reasons the next 2 years, proves that.

  50. omeimontis says: “I bet a lot of Patriot players were puzzled, even angered, by the benching, but they make a lot less money than Brady and Gronk so they have to pretend that nothing weird happened and that the decision had nothing with them not winning the SB.”
    —————————-

    You’re forgetting Belichick has successfully done this many times in the past, even WITH Butler and Brady themselves.
    – Malcolm Butler was undrafted ROOKIE and sixth on the depth chart in SB XLIX, yet was inserted into the biggest play of the game (benching Arrington and Ryan)
    – backup Brady was kept the starter even with Bledsoe back from injury
    – allowing clutch kicker Vinatieri go and draft Gostkowski

  51. Gronk is too injury-riddled for the Pats to continue onward with him.
    Dude should retire and go to Hollywood and do more detergent commercials lol

  52. hukdeep says:
    April 25, 2018 at 9:11 am

    What’s it like living in the past?
    ________________________________________________

    Maybe we could get a stealers, Niners or cowgirls fan to give us some input on that.

  53. ikeclanton says:
    April 25, 2018 at 10:01 am
    For a guy who’s made of “glass”, he somehow found the time during his busy scedule to put up gargantuan numbers over the last 8 years: 76 tds, 474 receptions, 7179 yards. He is the best blocking TE as well. The premier TE of this generation, and maybe ever. He’s a 1st ballot HOF entry. These are the facts.

    He’s a Patriot until Brady isn’t. Realistically 2 more years. That’s what will happen unless some team overpays on an offer that Belichick can’t refuse.
    ____________________
    Hell…..I’m convinced!

    “Gargantuan”??
    BWHAHAhahaha!!!!!!!!!!!

  54. If Belichick was willing to throw away the Super Bowl over some petty crap with Butler, he is certainly stubborn enough and capable of trading Gronk away, no matter how good he is when healthy. Gronk has been testing Belichick to the max this off-season. It would not surprise me to see it all backfire on him.

  55. So many similarities to Lindros. Huge physical presence, dominating at his position. Contentious relationship with the GM. Family involved. Injury risk.
    I hope it ends better for Rob than it did for Eric.

  56. Gronk has been grossly underpaid! Shame that these players spend their careers playing for far less than market value only to play for NE. Why give away your hard earned money? Senseless!

  57. skawh says:

    April 25, 2018 at 12:34 pm

    Gronk has been grossly underpaid! Shame that these players spend their careers playing for far less than market value only to play for NE. Why give away your hard earned money? Senseless!

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    Uh, Gronk was the #1 paid TE when he signed his current deal, thus setting the bar for contracts since then. And loads of NFL players are under contracts that aren’t fair market value. Your point is disingenuous.

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