If you want to know a person, study the history not of what they say, but what they do. With that thought firmly in hand, the news the New England Patriots are talking with “trusted” teams in regards to a potential trade for All-World TE Rob Gronkowski is not only plausible but probable.
Albert Breer of MMQB is reporting the Lions, Titans, Texans, and 49ers are the teams on the “trusted” list and if you look at history the timing is right for preliminary discussions.
Bill Belichick has shown repeatedly he will take players on the back end of their careers, yet still talented, and trade them for picks. For example:
- September 11th, 2006 – Belichick traded WR Deion Branch to the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for a first-round pick.
- September 6th, 2009 – Belichick traded DL Richard Seymour to the Oakland Raiders for a first-round pick.
- August 26th, 2014 – Belichick traded OG Logan Mankins to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a fourth-round pick and TE Tim Wright.
There is enough smoke this offseason in regards to the Super Bowl loss, not starting Butler, Brady and Gronk missing offseason workouts and OTA’s, and the reported schism between Belichick and Brady’s personal trainer that a trade of a potentially unhappy player is something Belichick would in all likelihood explore.
The timing is still early, but these rumors aren’t going to stop until the winning starts again for the Patriots. That has a way of smoothing over a lot of things.
What say you Sports Nation?
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