TE Rob Gronkowski nearly traded inside NFC North

Paul Sancya | AP  Detroit Lions linebacker Eli Harold sacks New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady during the second half on Sunday night in Detroit

Prior to the NFL's Week 3 Sunday night matchup between the New England Patriots and Detroit Lions, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that the Pats had considered trading All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski to a few different teams during the offseason. "Brady's my quarterback. That's all".

The Patriots and Lions were apparently closing in on a blockbuster deal involving Gronkowski during the week of the NFL Draft.

Though the Patriots lost, it's clear that Gronkowski was exactly where he wanted to be.

When Gronkowski discovered he could be traded to Detroit that week, he threatened to retire rather than go to the Lions, according to sources.

Patriots fans probably wouldn't have liked to see it come at their team's expense, but Sunday night's celebration was a cool moment nonetheless. Brady's my quarterback, that's all.

The tight end, his agent and Bill Belichick all had a meeting at the end of April to try to clear the air. Gronk was Brady's best target in Week 1, catching nine passes for 183 yards and one touchdown.

New England's defense looks like it could use Patricia back in his previous role after it allowed Jacksonville's Blake Bortles to throw for 376 yards and four touchdowns in last week's romp.

While Golden Tate and running back Theo Riddick share the team lead with 14 catches, Kenny Golladay is emerging at a unsafe weapon for Stafford with 13 receptions for a club-high 203 yards and a score.

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