After New England’s 41-33 loss in Super Bowl 52, TE Rob Gronkowski was shockingly noncommittal about playing in 2018.
It’s been nearly two months and Gronk has yet to commit to playing in 2018 and if he does return, there’s a chance it could be with a different team.
According to Greg Bedard of the Boston Sports Journal, there is a chance that the New England Patriots could trade Gronkowski if the right deal presents itself:
“A Bill Belichick-friendly source agreed with my thinking that once a player makes Belichick start to contemplate life without him, Belichick starts to warm to being without that player. ‘He imagines you gone,’ he said. The longer Gronkowski goes without saying he’s all in, the chances of him being traded increases, the source said.”
Bedard also speculates that the San Francisco 49ers could be an ideal trading partner should the Patriots indeed move on from Gronk. He cites one AFC exec. who thinks 49ers GM John Lynch may be willing to overpay for Gronk to “make up for the deal Belichick gave him on Jimmy G.”
This offseason the Patriots have lost both their starting tackles: Nate Solder and Cameron Fleming, they’ve also seen CB Malcom Butler sign with the Titans.