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The Patriots Have Reportedly Decided Whether They’ll Trade Rob Gronkowski

The New England Patriots just made a big move, trading wide receiver Brandin Cooks to the Los Angeles Rams just one year after acquiring him. ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter thinks that is good news for those who want Rob Gronkowski to hang around in New England.

It has been a weird off-season for Gronk, starting pretty much immediately following the Patriots' Super Bowl loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. The 28-year old superstar was asked about the future of his NFL career following the game, and didn't commit to coming back to the sport.

Since, there have been reports that he could retire early, given his injury history. The idea that Gronk could look into acting or even professional wrestling has been floated as well.

He reportedly made the decision to return for another year back in February. Ian Rapoport reported that he had put off those other potential career plans.

Gronkowski has also been at the center of some trade speculation. Schefter says pretty definitively after breaking news of the deal that this means Gronk is staying put.

Adam Schefter, on Rob Gronkowski's situation following the Patriots-Rams trade:

New England sends Brandin Cooks and a fourth-rounder to the Rams for the No. 23 overall pick and a sixth-rounder in the upcoming NFL Draft. The Draft begins in Arlington, Texas on April 26.

The Patriots acquired Cooks last March, sending out first and third-round picks to the New Orleans Saints. They also received a 2017 fourth-round pick in the deal.

Cooks caught 65 passes for 1,082 yards on the year, hauling in seven touchdowns. He was not a huge factor in the Super Bowl, leaving the game with a concussion after taking a nasty hit from Eagles' safety Malcolm Jenkins. He caught one pass for 23 yards in the 41-33 loss.

Rob Gronkowski missed two games to injury, but once again had one of the best seasons of any NFL tight end. He caught 69 passes for 1,084 yards and eight touchdowns. He had a massive Super Bowl, going for 116 receiving yards and scoring two touchdowns.