In early June, it was reported by freelance NFL reporter Adam Kurkjian that the Tennessee Titans had an offer on the table for New Patriots star tight end Rob Gronkowski.
A lot of folks had their doubts about the report, assuming there was no way the Titans would be willing to give up a load of draft picks/players for the elite tight end.
The Patriots even released a statement that dismissed the entire report.
Statement from Pats PR head Stacey James: “I would say with the utmost confidence that none of that is true. None of it.”
— Adam Kurkjian (@AdamKurkjian) June 8, 2018
This week, however, Monday Morning Quarterback’s Albert Breer (formerly of the NFL Network) confirmed that Tennessee discussed trading for Gronk.
“I don’t think they were shopping Gronk to the entire league, but there were some teams they trust that I know they talked to. Detroit, Tennessee, Houston, San Francisco — you guys can make the connections there.”
I would love to know what the Titans were offering for Gronkowski, and what the Patriots wanted in return for him. I image the Patriots wanted mostly draft picks.
With Delanie Walker on the roster, it’s not like the Titans have a glaring need at tight end. But Gronk is in a league of his own.
Titans general manager Jon Robinson likely wanted to see if he could get Gronk at a discounted rate. And I don’t think anyone blames him for that.
In the end, the Patriots likely wanted way too much for Gronk (probably a first round draft pick, which Robinson definitely wouldn’t be willing to give up).
While the addition of Gronk would’ve made the Titans’ offense better, I still think Tennessee will be just fine in 2018 with the talent they already have on the roster.
Featured image via Nashville Scene