Carlos Monarrez Detroit Free Press Published 12:51 AM EDT Sep 24, 2018 New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski said he threatened to retire if he had been traded to the Detroit Lions in the spring. “Yeah, it happened,” Gronkowski told reporters Sunday night in Detroit after the Lions’ 26-10 win. “(Tom) Brady’s my quarterback, that’s all. I wasn’t going anywhere without Brady.” According to an ESPN story published Sunday afternoon, the Lions and Patriots nearly completed a blockbuster trade involving Gronkowski during the week of the 2018 NFL draft, but Gronkowski threatened to retire rather than play for the Lions. Seidel: Lions out-Patriots Tom Brady and the Patriots Windsor: Lions prove they aren’t dead in win over Patriots The story said Gronkowski even declined to return phone calls from the Lions. The story, citing unnamed sources, also said Gronkowski didn’t want to play anywhere but New England. After the game Sunday, Gronkowski confirmed the report. Eventually, the Patriots and Gronkowski reworked his contract and added $4.3 million in incentives for this season. Your turn: Grade the Lions’ performance vs. the Patriots Contact Carlos Monarrez at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @cmonarrez. Download our Lions Xtra app for free on Apple and Android!