According to the report, Gronkowski didn't even return the Lions' phone calls, even though former defensive coordinator Matt Patricia is now the team's head coach and former Pats executive Bob Quinn is now the general manager with Detroit.
One of the more intriguing storylines of what was an unusually odd offseason in New England, (complete with an equally unusual press conference from Gronkowski), numerous reports indicated that Gronkowski threatened to retire had the Patriots traded him. "I wasn't going anywhere without Brady". "Brady's my quarterback. That's all". That's an unfamiliar situation in New England.More news: Crude Oil Price Steady Following Inventory Report
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The Patriots play the winless Lions in Week 3.
"Well, I graduated high school in '15, so I was 15 years old, a sophomore in high school", Johnson said after the tilt, via the team's official website. After the Super Bowl loss to Philadelphia, he admitted that he was contemplating retirement.
And Sunday's comments from the 6-foot-6 tight end officially confirmed the latter point. "What I forgot at the moment, and what I think anybody who wrote the Patriots off early forgot, is what Bill Belichick has done over his career: getting the most from the least and the best from the best".