Here's how the Brandin Cooks trade will reportedly affect Rob Gronkowski's future
The drama involving Rob Gronkowski might have just gotten slightly less dramatic
For the past two months, there's been a lot of questions about Rob Gronkowski's future in New England, and it appears we might have finally gotten the answer to one of the big ones on Tuesday.
According to ESPN.com, the Patriots will not be trading Gronk this offseason. After Brandin Cooks to the Rams and losing Danny Amendola to the Dolphins, it appears that the Patriots have decided to hold on to the pass-catchers they have left, a group that includes Gronk, Julian Edelman and Chris Hogan.
Gronk's future with the Patriots has been up in the air since the Super Bowl, when he .
"I don't know how you heard that, but I mean I'm definitely going to look at my future, for sure," Gronkowski said after the Patriots' 41-33 loss to the Eagles. "I'm going to sit down in the next couple of weeks and see where I'm at."
It's been more than eight weeks since Gronk made those comments and he still hasn't announced whether or not he's going to return. One thing that has possibly been holding Gronk back from returning is the nature of his relationship with Bill Belichick. According to ESPN.com, Gronk has been having issues with Belichick, which is one reason why he started contemplating retirement in the first place. Over the weekend, it has been a little frustrated with Gronk, which his star tight end in a trade.
However, it now appears that a Gronk trade is completely off the table: If he does return to play in 2018, it's definitely going to be with the Patriots.
The good news for New England is that Gronk seems to be leaning toward making a return. According to ESPN.com, Gronk is "pretty certain" he's going to play football this year.
With Gronk likely in tow, it will be interesting to see what the Patriots do in the NFL Draft. Thanks to the Cooks deal, New England now has four of the top 63 picks in draft. Our Will Brinson decided to take a look at what the Patriots might do with their extra ammo, and you . As for who the Patriots might go after in the draft? Our NFL Draft expert Chris Trapasso lists four quarterbacks New England might look at to replace Tom Brady in .
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