ESPN's Adam Schefter said the Lions and Patriots "deep into trade discussions last offseason that peaked during the week of the draft, when the teams almost completed a blockbuster trade involving Gronkowski".
Schefter noted that Gronk's decision to leverage his way onto the Patriots' 2018 roster was largely because he loved New England - and not necessarily because he didn't want to play for the Lions. Rather than suit up for their team, Gronkowski would have forgone the rest of his National Football League playing career. Predictably, the Lions were disappointed the deal did not go through.
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Andriy Yarmolenko scored twice for the Hammers in the win, and Marko Arnautavic added a goal to seal the game in the 61st minute. Eden Hazard was rested in midweek after complaining of tiredness but the Belgian worldwide is back in attack this afternoon.
The Patriots opted to hold onto Gronkowski, agreeing to a revamped contract that added $4.3 million in incentives to his 2018 deal.
Tight end Jacob Hollister (chest), defensive end Trey Flowers (concussion), safety Patrick Chung (concussion) and cornerback Eric Rowe (groin) all have been ruled out, meaning we should see some new faces on defense for the Patriots. He'll be looking to bounce back from an underwhelming performance against the Jaguars, who held him to two catches on four targets for 15 yards. He was removed from New England's injury report Friday after being limited in Wednesday's practice because of an ankle injury.