Is Gronkowski still available in trade?

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The easy answer is yes, because almost every player in the NFL is available in trade at any time, if the price is right. The real question, then, isn’t whether Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is available in trade, but whether the Patriots are still motivated to explore moving him.

According to a new report, they are.

As PFT has reported, the Patriots were calling other teams about a possible trade as recently as three days before the draft. Only two days before the draft, Gronkowski confirmed that he’ll play in 2018, nearly three months after refusing to commit to another season.

He thereafter showed up only for the mandatory minicamp, and he has yet to get a contract adjustment, which PFT reported on June 11 as being not imminent but likely.

The lingering absence of a new deal has prompted some teams to conclude that Gronkowski remains available, according to Greg Bedard of BostonSportsJournal.com (via NESN.com).

“‘Where’s the restructure of his contract?'” an unnamed AFC personnel executive told Bedard. “Until that’s done, I think he’s still available. I wouldn’t be surprised if [Bill] Belichick is going to test Gronk’s buy-in with the contract.'”

Of course, Gronkowski still has some leverage of his own. He could still retire, with no financial consequence (other than giving up his $8 million salary), leaving the team without his services and, absent a trade, without compensation for him.

However it plays out, it makes sense to regard him as a guy who could be traded, especially if another team decides to cough up more than whatever the Patriots wanted for him in April.

56 responses to “Is Gronkowski still available in trade?

  1. Diehard pats fan from Mass now living in Chicago where my wife is from. Before moving to Chicago, I was lucky enough to be stationed in Hawaii from 2006-2014, so It’s quite pathetic how bad the media in our city is until you live FAR AWAY FROM IT. Greg Bedard is an absolute idiot, along with Rob Borges, and the rest of the clown convention. I’m not ruling out the typical end of preseason shocking trade, but it’s going to take at least 2 2’s or a 2/3/4 for this trade to occur….

  2. There’s nowhere better for him than New England. He’d be as dumb as he looks/seems if he didn’t either retire, or make it work with the Pats

  3. He would be well served in Detroit with Stafford. Might help the running game too. Problem is he’s not worth what the pats will want never know if he’s gonna be healthy when you need him

  4. He should wait until the Saturday before the first game of the season and announce his retirement. That wold be the best way to ram it up their snouts.

  5. His contract will be extended at some point. Robert Kraft wont leave him hanging. Trade is a possibility but not likely if they want to have a chance at making another run this year or next. The enigma in New England remains what happened with BB and Brady with the Garoppolo trade.

  6. Bobby and Bill have zero loyalty. Everyone is available for trade, including Tommy.

  7. The past as prelude:

    What do Drew Bledsoe, Brandin Cooks, Jamie Collins, Deion Branch, Randy Moss, Lawyer Malloy, Richard Seymour, Mike Vrabel etc. have in common? They were all traded. Most often the players viewed their value as much higher than Belichick did. I think Belichick was proved right each time from a value/ production standpoint after the trades. I think the same would hold true if he traded Gronkowski.

    What is harder to gauge is how his value is perceived by a trade partner. Buyer beware…..see the above list.

  8. The Chargers are on line 1.

    Travis Benjamin’s cap hit is $5.75m this year and has no more guaranteed money. He cn be released or restructured to make room, as well as Barksdale if they need to. If Henry is healthy next year, they can move Gronk to the highest bidder or play them both until he’s extension eligible.

    Rivers’ window is closing…

  9. Given his injury history, desire for a new contract, flirtation with retirement, and ability to make money after football, I doubt he pulls more than a 3rd from another team, and the pats would do well to take it.

  10. I think he declines in productivity soon. BB will move him before the trade deadline. It’s a certainty.

  11. Under normal Patriot circumstances I would say yes; Everyone is available for trade, and nobody can/should get comfortable for even a minute, while Bilichick plays 4D chess against the rest of the NFL’s checkers-tier management….but given the current state of their offensive personnel, I would have to say they need Gronkowski to at least keep defenses honest… you know, real defenses…defenses outside of the AFC East.
    I can’t imagine Gronkowski being available, unless they’re getting a young Tony Gonzales in return.

  12. Pretty dang sure this is just the local media HACKS in Boston just doing what they do best…. getting it wrong!! Lol
    COULD Gronk get traded, yeah I guess but I doubt it very much….With Edelman out 1st 4 weeks, & no SOLID replacement in the wings I just don’t see it happening….. of course, if Pats could land some great picks like a 1st & 2nd then a deal could materialize…..maybe those picks being spread out over the next 2 years so the team gettin him isn’t crippled…… 2nd next year & 1st the following year??!!
    I’d find it hard not to pull the trigger on something like that….
    But alas, GRONK will be a Patriot for at least 2 more years
    Go Pats!!!

  13. Another pft classic. He’s available for a trade because everyone is and a team or 2 called asking about him. Got it!!!

    So he’s available for a trade unless he isn’t

  14. Who cares really. But no — Brady made it clear if Gronk doesnt play hes out. Also GRONK would flat out retire and move into the Rock’s basement if he were traded. Kraft knows this, Belichick knows this, everyone knows this.

    Stop putting ideas out there.

  15. They’ll try to trade Gronk. He’ll retire. It’ll make TB12 so mad he’ll retire. Edelman’s out for the first 4 games. I wouldn’t be surprised in this scenario to see the team with a losing record. What sweet karma for the hoodie for throwing the big game.

  16. Pats fans have nothing to worry about as long as they have Josh McDaniels waiting to maintain the “Patriot Way.” Right?

  17. I doubt Gronk will be traded this year unless they get multiple picks or a 1st for him. The only teams I see trying to offer that are San Fran, Cleveland, and San Diego and I highly doubt any of them will do that.

  18. Gronk is probably just tired of the BB thing and being part of an organization whos corporate model is to CHEAT!!

  19. There’s nowhere better for him than New England.
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    A very close second would have be New Orleans (TE Graham’s career best seasons)

  20. If Greg Bedard said it then it is a 100% fabricated story. He just quotes ‘Unnamed Executives’ or ‘Sources’. He knows he won’t be called out on it.

    He will keep doing this in hope the payoff is it brings attention to his pay for content site.

  21. It depends on how much longer Belichick will coach. If he plans on retiring after this year or next year (they’ll win one at least), they’ll keep Gronk.

  22. Is Jerry Jones still senile? Is Mark Davis still trying to bring back the bowl cut? So. Many. Questions.

  23. I must be missing something fairly obvious, but why would anyone want to trade for a guy who seriously considered retirement this offseason? Way too much risk that he decides to throw in the towel and you never reap the reward for the draft picks you sent.

  24. Mike Germaine says:
    July 9, 2018 at 9:47 pm
    Sure, Pats will trade him for 10 first round picks.

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    5-7 owners will then demand another framejob from Goodell to then steal those picks as punishment.

    lmao

  25. binkystevens says:
    July 10, 2018 at 10:06 am
    I must be missing something fairly obvious, but why would anyone want to trade for a guy who seriously considered retirement this offseason? Way too much risk that he decides to throw in the towel and you never reap the reward for the draft picks you sent.

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    He wasn’t considering retirement. Even the mere threat of dealing Gronk around the draft scared him straight.

    He’s looking for money. He’s been quietly and passive-aggressively been whining about it for the last 3 offseasons.

  26. mzew233 says:
    July 9, 2018 at 10:09 pm
    Who cares really. But no — Brady made it clear if Gronk doesnt play hes out. Also GRONK would flat out retire and move into the Rock’s basement if he were traded. Kraft knows this, Belichick knows this, everyone knows this.

    Stop putting ideas out there.

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    Who are you, Giselle? Brady “made it clear”? He did? When? Where?

  27. The entire post hinges on this ever enlightening comment

    ‘Where’s the restructure of his contract?’” an unnamed AFC personnel executive told Bedard. “Until that’s done, I think he’s still available. I wouldn’t be surprised if [Bill] Belichick is going to test Gronk’s buy-in with the contract.’”

    Unnamed official from another team who has no vested interest in Gronk’s status.
    “Thinks” he’s still available.
    “Wouldn’t be surprised”…

    Outstanding information.

  28. If Greg Bedard said it then it is a 100% fabricated story. He just quotes ‘Unnamed Executives’ or ‘Sources’
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    Bedard probably should have stayed in Green Bay.

    Bob McGinn is a revered legend in those parts, and made his reputation on that EXACT M.O.

    Just doesn’t fly in the major markets.

  29. Wow, a pay to read blog writer concluded that Gronkowski is available to trade because he doesn’t have a new contract? Seriously? this is news?

  30. All I know is, I’d much rather have Gronk than Jimmy Graham.
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    Ah yeah…that goes without saying. Everyone would agree with that.

  31. unclebluck says:

    July 10, 2018 at 7:26 am

    Gronk is probably just tired of the BB thing and being part of an organization whos corporate model is to CHEAT!!
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    All 32 teams are part of that organization.

    So unless Gronk wants to go play in the CFL or retire he has to be a part of that organization. The same organization that still hasn’t released the PSI information that was collected during the 2015 NFLS season.

    The same organization that duped so many gullible dimwits into believing that someone deflated the Colts footballs AND the Patriots footballs in order to give the Patriots an advantage.

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