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CHARLOTTE, NC - AUGUST 24: Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots warms up before their game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on August 24, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski reportedly threatened to retire this offseason to prevent a trade to the Detroit Lions.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the teams nearly completed a deal on draft week, but he refused to take calls from the Lions organization and threatened to retire, leading the Pats and Gronkowski to work things out.

This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available.

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