Patriots reportedly sought Rob Gronkowski trade before the draft

Were the Patriots trying to trade Rob Gronkowski prior to the 2018 NFL Draft? Yes, according to a report by Pro Football Talk.

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New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski catches the ball during minicamp. –AP Photo/Steven Senne

Were the Patriots trying to trade Rob Gronkowski prior to the 2018 NFL Draft? Yes, according to a report by Pro Football Talk.

At the time, Gronkowski had been vague when asked if he would play in 2018, and there were reports that the Patriots might be interested in moving up in the draft to acquire quarterback Baker Mayfield. Gronkowski finally made his intentions clear that he would play in 2018 two days before the draft.

The Pro Football Talk report did not have any other details about a potential pre-draft trade.

Earlier this week, Patriots owner Robert Kraft dismissed reports that he nixed another deal that would have involved Gronkowski being traded, calling it “hogwash.’’

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The All-Pro tight end did not participate in the Patriots OTAs this offseason, but seemed happy to be back with his teammates at last week’s mandatory minicamp.

“It was good competition today. It was fast,’’ he said after the first day of camp. “The most enjoyable part was just seeing the guys again, the camaraderie around the locker room, out on the field. It’s just good.’’

After that practice, Gronkowski told reporters that he was “trying to’’ get a new contract. He is set to be the fourth-highest-paid tight end for 2018 at $8.75 million.

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