Report: Patriots shopped Gronk to “teams they trust”

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No, the Patriots didn’t have a deal in place for tight end Rob Gronkowski that was kiboshed by owner Robert Kraft after quarterback Tom Brady threatened to retire. Yes, they were calling teams about a potential trade as recently as three days before the draft.

So who were they calling? Albert Breer of SI.com recently said on FS1 that the Patriots talked not to the entire league, but to “some teams they trust.”

“Detroit, Tennessee, Houston, San Francisco,” Breer said, via NESN.com.

There were more than that, per a league source. It’s unclear how many more there were. It is clear that a deal was never close enough to result in Gronkowski being informed about the possibility — and that would have been a key ingredient, given that Gronkowski didn’t even commit to playing in 2018 until two days before the draft.

62 responses to “Report: Patriots shopped Gronk to “teams they trust”

  1. Trust and the Patriots do not go in the same sentence, it’s what you call an oxymoron.

  2. ariani1985 says:
    June 19, 2018 at 1:00 pm
    I don’t think noodle arm would be happy with the trade.

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    “Noodle Arm” retired a couple of years ago once the report came out about his using HGH and he blamed it on his wife.

    Please try to keep up

  3. If Brady has a noodle arm and still goes to the Super Bowl almost every year, how truly awful must your team be?

  4. Pats fans are torn about this story. On one hand they want to call out “fake news” that the Pats would even shop Gronk and the whole story behind it, but this report came from FOX news so it has to be true…. Right? Lololol

  5. Really??People still believe in flying “sources”.Hey albert, if your sources were so good you wouldn’t have to write your stories in a cubicle and people would know who you were if they saw you…shefty wannabes.

  6. Lol…. noodle arm….. good to know the LEAGUE MVP has a noodle arm….. gives hope to all the other fans out there that don’t have Brady as their LEADER for their favorite team…..
    Guys like Jamarcus Russell really tore up the league with that CANON OF AN ARM of his!!! LOL

  7. nhpats says:
    June 19, 2018 at 1:06 pm
    ariani1985 says:
    June 19, 2018 at 1:00 pm
    I don’t think noodle arm would be happy with the trade.

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    “Noodle Arm” retired a couple of years ago once the report came out about his using HGH and he blamed it on his wife.

    Please try to keep up

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    I don’t normally agree with pats fans, but MegaHead was definitely Noodle Arm. Not even close.

  8. Teams they trust? And those teams turned around and leaked their conversations to the media which is causing an issue in the locker room. Hey Bill, I wouldn’t trust these teams anymore.

  9. kissbillsrings says:
    June 19, 2018 at 1:10 pm
    Lol…. noodle arm….. good to know the LEAGUE MVP has a noodle arm….. gives hope to all the other fans out there that don’t have Brady as their LEADER for their favorite team…..
    Guys like Jamarcus Russell really tore up the league with that CANON OF AN ARM of his!!! LOL

    Being the league MVP is like getting into the NBA HoF – doesn’t matter. People outside of Boston know he didn’t deserve it.

  10. Groan. It’s called due diligence. Before Pats assess what to offer a guy they find out what he could get elsewhere. That’s why only asked around among some of the trusted teams’ orgs they are close pals with, and I’m sure they do the same back. None of those teams seriously expected to get Gronk but it pays to have good relations.

  11. “Trust” and “Patriots” in the same sentence? Is that a riddle or what?

  12. TruFBFan says:
    June 19, 2018 at 1:14 pm

    kissbillsrings says:
    June 19, 2018 at 1:10 pm
    Lol…. noodle arm….. good to know the LEAGUE MVP has a noodle arm….. gives hope to all the other fans out there that don’t have Brady as their LEADER for their favorite team…..
    Guys like Jamarcus Russell really tore up the league with that CANON OF AN ARM of his!!! LOL

    Being the league MVP is like getting into the NBA HoF – doesn’t matter. People outside of Boston know he didn’t deserve it.

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    Why not?

    Best QB in the league even at 40. His only MVP competition was a QB who couldn’t finish the season, an all purpose back who had a great season but not great enough to trump a great season by a QB, and a receiver who isn’t even the MVP of his own team. 🙂

    And as all intelligent fans (which excludes all Patriot Hater of course 🙂 ) know the type of offense the Patriots run is the absolute worst possible kind of offense to have if you have a QB with a weak arm.

  13. Being the league MVP is like getting into the NBA HoF – doesn’t matter. People outside of Boston know he didn’t deserve it.

    But yet people “outside of Boston “ are the ones that voted for him.

    Pssssd I’ll let you in on a little secret, fans of other teams opinions don’t count.

  14. Belichek has a well deserved reputation for getting rid of players when they are about to tank. Is it possible, based on Gronk’s history, that he thinks now is nearly the time to dump him?
    Perhaps a shocker to all fans, of any team, every player has a price tag, regardless of role and reputation. It is a business of winning. If trading a player gives sufficient opportunity to improve the w-l record, that player is traded. If Belicheck had been offered the Brown’s two #1s and perhaps a #2 and #3 for Gronk, would he have been wise to take it? I think so.

  15. ariani1985 says:
    June 19, 2018 at 1:00 pm
    I don’t think noodle arm would be happy with the trade.
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    Noodle arm! Hahaha! Good stuff, who’s your team’s QB? Doesn’t matter, Brady’s arm is better.

  16. I am not surprised. BB is always uncovering every rock to see what’s there.

    The best GM and Coach in sports history. Period.

    Good job to not let Gronk try to call the shots. And, the truth is, he’d be miserable playing anywhere else and he knows it, deep down.

    I like that this story is out there. Gives them leverage on any extension they’re talking about right now.

    One last comment: Just because he wasn’t dealt doesn’t mean he still won’t be. It’s a big reason why they veteran, yet underwhelming and overpaid DeWayne Allen wasn’t cut yet.

  17. Pretty simple. The draft was coming up and Gronk had yet to commit to playing this yr. So the Pats called several teams, most of whom had high ranking former Pats mgmt, to see what was out there. Then BB had the sitdown w/Gronk and his agent, the air was cleared and we’re back to normal. Gronk will get his contract bump and play for the Pats. At least this yr.

  18. So who were they calling? Albert Breer of SI.com recently said on FS1 that the Patriots talked not to the entire league, but to “some teams they trust.”

    “Detroit, Tennessee, Houston, San Francisco,” Breer said, via NESN.com.

    *****************************************************************************************

    So, based on this list, the teams they trust are those where a mediocre to slightly-above-average season is considered a success. Got that down.

  19. @aarons444 – Not only have the Pats got a much better record with Brady than Pack with Rodgers, and far more silverware, Brady is just a much better at leading and carrying a team. And look at other things like come-from-behind wins – Brady has nearly 3 times as many as Rodgers. If Rodgers can grow up, and lead the Pack to another 4 SB victories before he retires, and win every remaining Div and Conference title on the way, and still do extremely well in years when his team are totally banged up (Pats had 18 on IR including half their key guys but still reached the SB), then he’ll be in the same conversation – ain’t very likely to happen tho.

  20. “I don’t think noodle arm would be happy with the trade.”

    Given Brady led the league in completions of 40+ yards in the air last season and was #3 in completions of 20+ yard in the air, anyone who calls him noodle arm knows absolutely nothing about Brady or the Pats hence making your opinion irrelevant.

  21. aarons444 says:
    June 19, 2018 at 1:35 pm
    Best QB in the league even at 40.
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    Rodgers is only 34..

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    The guys is 34 and has only a single SB win? Pitiful….

  22. Julio Jones is holding a stop watch for TO,Leveon Bell is wanting a new contract,Gruden traded a 3rd round pick for Martavius Bryant(who probably will be suspended for the year),Luck is throwing(whoopie),Who will Dak throw to,Pederman could be the starting QB for the Bills,etc.etc…Or Gronk “could have been traded “.The thing about real-life is its real and grasping at straws leaves you thirsty…keep grabbing haters and enjoy your kool-aid

  23. aarons444 says:
    June 19, 2018 at 1:35 pm

    Best QB in the league even at 40.
    =====

    Rodgers is only 34..

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    Rodgers is great. But he has a tough time staying on the field and the last injury was a devastating one as is any injury to the throwing shoulder. I’m afraid he simply won’t be durable enough to be in the same sentence as the GOAT.

    🙂

  24. “If Belicheck had been offered the Brown’s two #1s and perhaps a #2 and #3 for Gronk, would he have been wise to take it? I think so”

    Lord please tell me thats not a real trade proposal you thought of? Fact is that the Patriots would have been very hard pressed to even come up with a one 1st rounder. More then likely you’re looking at a decent player with control and a mid round pick back (3rd or 4th)

  25. It’s not a matter of if but when TB12 turns into a noodle arm.

    Last time I checked Fathef Time was undefeated.

    Tick, tick, tick, tock, tick, tick, tick, tock……

  26. To teams they trust? What the hell does that mean? You shop him for the best value coming back. Trust has nothing to with it. Man, Kraft has made you soft.

  27. idiedpretty says:
    June 19, 2018 at 2:19 pm
    To teams they trust? What the hell does that mean? You shop him for the best value coming back. Trust has nothing to with it. Man, Kraft has made you soft.

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    Well, that’s slimebucket Breer’s wording. Why do you people think the Pats leak out direct quotes to someone like that? Try to be an adult and read between the lines for once.

    What it means is, teams they have an easy time working and consummating trades with in the past, or if there is a direct relationship already in place in order to move the deal quickly and easily.

    Yes, trust.

    You want to win your part of the deal, but you don’t want to show

    I would argue the reaason why Garoppolo only yielded a 2nd rder back is because BB didn’t take a lot of these half baked loser GMs seriously not offering enough. It just so happened Lynch knows BB pretty well and stayed on the radar at the deadline, with no other offers that were legit or more legit than a 2nd rder.

    Also, BB didn’t want to dump the kid into a crap situation. He is friendly with Shanahan and Lynch because he’s always been friendly with Mike Shanahan from their years back in their Giants/49ers days.

  28. mikespillane337 says:
    June 19, 2018 at 2:07 pm
    Julio Jones is holding a stop watch for TO,Leveon Bell is wanting a new contract,Gruden traded a 3rd round pick for Martavius Bryant(who probably will be suspended for the year),Luck is throwing(whoopie),Who will Dak throw to,Pederman could be the starting QB for the Bills,etc.etc…Or Gronk “could have been traded “.The thing about real-life is its real and grasping at straws leaves you thirsty…keep grabbing haters and enjoy your kool-aid

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    Amazing what the media will do, isn’t it? All about the clicks regardless of real, factual info.

  29. “So, based on this list, the teams they trust are those where a mediocre to slightly-above-average season is considered a success. Got that down.”

    Yes don’t let the fact that those teams have people in place that have significant ties to the Patriots detour your snarky comment.

  30. Teams they “trust” = teams with terrible GM’s who have lost out on every trade.

  31. ariani1985 says:
    June 19, 2018 at 1:00 pm
    I don’t think noodle arm would be happy with the trade.

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    Why would Manning care if the Pats traded Gronk? He’s retired and doesn’t have to play them anymore.

  32. weepingjebus says:
    June 19, 2018 at 1:07 pm
    If Brady has a noodle arm and still goes to the Super Bowl almost every year, how truly awful must your team be?
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    You mean how bad must the AFC and the refs be, who gave NE 7 wins via brutal replays?

  33. tylawspick6 says:
    June 19, 2018 at 2:25 pm
    idiedpretty says:
    June 19, 2018 at 2:19 pm
    To teams they trust? What the hell does that mean? You shop him for the best value coming back. Trust has nothing to with it. Man, Kraft has made you soft.

    0 0 Rate This

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    Well, that’s slimebucket Breer’s wording. Why do you people think the Pats leak out direct quotes to someone like that? Try to be an adult and read between the lines for once.

    What it means is, teams they have an easy time working and consummating trades with in the past, or if there is a direct relationship already in place in order to move the deal quickly and easily.

    Yes, trust.

    You want to win your part of the deal, but you don’t want to show

    I would argue the reaason why Garoppolo only yielded a 2nd rder back is because BB didn’t take a lot of these half baked loser GMs seriously not offering enough. It just so happened Lynch knows BB pretty well and stayed on the radar at the deadline, with no other offers that were legit or more legit than a 2nd rder.

    Also, BB didn’t want to dump the kid into a crap situation. He is friendly with Shanahan and Lynch because he’s always been friendly with Mike Shanahan from their years back in their Giants/49ers days.
    ______________________
    I’m melting!
    MMMEEELLLTTTIIINNNGGG!!!

    ~TyNosePick

  34. ExitStrategy says:
    June 19, 2018 at 3:10 pm
    ariani1985 says:
    June 19, 2018 at 1:00 pm
    I don’t think noodle arm would be happy with the trade.

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    Why would Manning care if the Pats traded Gronk? He’s retired and doesn’t have to play them anymore.

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    LOL!

    What’s comical about it is what a beautiful ball Brady throws and how many wounded ducks both Peyton and Eli have managed to throw in their careers.

    I will give Peyton more credit for aiming his noodly throws better than Eli. Goober’s wounded duck is still wobbling from SB 42. lmao

  35. What I find funny is that some Pats fans like to go on about how much of a drama queen Big Ben is…. well, Ben’s got nothing on these Patriots.

  36. @brutusbruiser

    Go ahead and explain in detail every team on that list and the terrible trades those GM’s have made every single time. I got nothing going on today so ill wait🙄

  37. candrwells says:
    June 19, 2018 at 3:27 pm
    What I find funny is that some Pats fans like to go on about how much of a drama queen Big Ben is…. well, Ben’s got nothing on these Patriots.

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    The only real drama is Brady now and Gronk. It’s the first time the Pats have seen anything like this. Meanwhile, Pitt is annual drama queen clown show because of how immature their players are and how much of an enabler Tomlin is.

    Has Leveon Bell signed yet? What happened to that Feb 20 drop dead date that stupid Colbert laid out there?

    Hmm?

  38. willycents says:
    If Belicheck had been offered the Brown’s two #1s and perhaps a #2 and #3 for Gronk, would he have been wise to take it? I think so.
    ================================================

    There is NO WAY the Browns (or any other team) would make that kind of offer for Gronk.

  39. I think its tick tock tick tock not tick tick tick tock…at least get that part right.Write it down so you don’t forget and you may win commenter of the year one day.
    Nobody ever said lil ben was a drama queen…we just said he crys because he cant beat his big brother.

  40. candrwells says:
    June 19, 2018 at 3:27 pm
    What I find funny is that some Pats fans like to go on about how much of a drama queen Big Ben is…. well, Ben’s got nothing on these Patriots.

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    Sorry, but Big Ben will forever hold the Drama Queen Tiara after he rode out on the injury cart before halftime, only to return in the 2nd half with a shoulder boo-boo (maybe his legs were really tired?) Of course, he ended up coming back in the game once the correct amount of dramatic gravity had been achieved within the stadium and the stage was properly set for him to make his triumphant return.

  41. PFT, please do a story on the different working networks within the NFL. This story touched upon the Patriots click, it seems the Eagles have a pretty vast network as well.

  42. I wonder how that works. Do the Patriots say, “we’re willing to pretend to trade Gronk but when you agree to our terms we’ll back out of the deal like a bunch of cheating liars”? That’s how they shop around their coaches.

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