Lions pull off surprise, beat Patriots

Josh Gordon figures to capture plenty of eyes- and defensive backs- if he takes the field for the Patriots tonight against the Lions in Detroit

Report: TE Rob Gronkowski almost traded inside NFC North

Sources say Gronkowski's position was more related to not wanting to leave the Patriots rather than play for the Lions.

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

Darius Slay picked off Brady's pass at the Detroit 15 midway through the fourth quarter, helping the Lions seal the win. "That's all. Wasn't going anywhere without Brady".

According to ESPN, the Patriots were close to trading Rob Gronkowski to the Lions in April during the week of the 2018 NFL Draft. "Brady's my quarterback. That's all".

Imagine if the Patriots traded Gronkowski following the move of receiver Brandin Cooks to Los Angeles. It was at that point, the both sides reconciled.

In the end, it looks like a bullet dodged for the Pats.

Over two career games against the Packers, Gronkowski has eight catches for 123 yards and no touchdowns.

Gronkowski, 29, has nine catches for 138 yards and a touchdown in the Patriots' first two games this season.

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

The return for Gronkowski may never be known, but it's not unfathomable that Detroit would give up a first round pick for one of the greatest tight ends in National Football League history.

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