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New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski threatened to retire when he was almost dealt to the Detroit Lions prior to the NFL Draft, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

"Yeah. It happened", Gronkowski said. "I wasn't going anywhere without Brady".

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

Tom Brady pulled the Patriots within three points on a 10-yard TD pass to James White early in the third.

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An extended ban would have denied Ronaldo, who joined Juventus for €100 million in the summer, the chance to face the club he left for Real Madrid in 2009.

That was a scenario the tight end wasn't a fan of.

The five-time Pro Bowler met with the Pats and the two sides agreed to a plan that would allow Gronkowski to continue to play for the team and talks with the Lions were dropped.

"I think we have to be careful in society today that people can't just come out and say things like this bit about us trading Gronk to the 49ers or Tennessee", Kraft said in June. That prompted the Patriots to sit down with him and give him a refashioned contract that adds $4.3 million incentives for the 2018 season. He has 138 yards and a touchdown through two weeks this season heading into Sunday night's contest versus the Lions.