And after the loss, Gronkowski confirmed the report - and all of the other ones, even - as being the truth. Brady's my quarterback, that's all.
The Lions, whom the Patriots play on "Sunday Night Football", were one of several teams that were talking about a trade with New England and Gronk didn't want to play for any of them. The Patriots had been discussing a trade with a few teams, and Gronkowski wouldn't have reported to any of them, sources said. "Wasn't going anywhere without Brady". Nevertheless, it's a good thing this tight end is still with the Patriots.
This morning, Brady told WEEI (H/T ESPN), "I think that speaks to our relationship and I feel as strongly about him as he does about me". "There's no basis to it and it gets a life of its own". Enjoy it tonight, men, I'm just telling you. "People shouldn't be able to do that".
It was at that point that Gronkowski and Patriots officials met, with the two sides discussing a plan for the Pro Bowl tight end to continue playing - but only in New England. The two were atop the Patriots receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns list a year ago, combining for 134 catches, 2,166 yards, and 15 touchdowns.