Everything points to the fact that Rob Gronkowski won’t be traded by the New England Patriots. That would be a wrong move if you take into consideration the fact that the team’s leading quarterback turns 41 and may retire. The Pats are trying to win another Super Bowl, and they have to make smart choices. But, will they win without the franchise quarterback in the pipeline? Trading Gronk opposes every possibility of winning.
We all know that Bill Belichick is able of doing anything similar. He has already traded star guard Logan Mankins back in 2014. This happened at the same time Mankins refused to take a pay cut. Rob Gronkowski faces contract issues himself.
Remember how Belichick released team leader Lawyer Milloy in 2003. He wasn’t given a compensation in the trade. So, if Belichick decides to remove someone from the team, he will make it happen. If you take into consideration Gronkowski’s situation, you’d see the possibility of making such deal.
If the New England Patriots try to move on from Gronk, they better establish the market ahead of time.
If the trade deal happens, the final team will have to fulfill five criteria.
It has to be a winning team that’s not considered as immediate competition by the Pats. The team also has to need a tight end and a cap flexibility to absorb Gronkowski and provide a new contract for him. And finally, the team needs enough draft capital for the Pats.
Wow. But, Gronk deserves this and much more.
These criteria will help us eliminate many teams.
The New York Jets, Miami Dolphins, Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos, Chicago Bears, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinal aren’t even close to the Super Bowl.
The Pittsburgh Steelers and Jacksonville Jaguars are dangerous for the Pats.
The Baltimore Ravens, Kansas City Chiefs, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants, Washington Redskins, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings and Carolina Panthers have star tight ends and have made huge investments in the particular position.
The Oakland Raiders and Atlanta Falcons are some what cash-strapped.
The New Orleans Saints, Los Angeles Rams, and Houston Texans have already surrendered too much draft capital, and there’s no place for a major trade.
There you go.