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Report: NFL Star Was Shopped Before NFL Draft

The NFL logo in the middle of Metlife Stadium.

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JANUARY 08: A detail of the official National Football League NFL logo is seen painted on the turf as the New York Giants host the Atlanta Falcons during their NFC Wild Card Playoff game at MetLife Stadium on January 8, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

Last week, Barstool Sports founder and Patriots super-fan Dave Portnoy tweeted that he was "hearing" that Rob Gronkowski could be on the trading block. That sparked a wild afternoon of reports linking Gronk to several other NFL teams.

However, Rob Gronkowski's brother Chris quickly called the rumor "fake news." NBC Sports Boston's Tom E. Curran also quickly shot it down.

Hours later, yet another trade rumor leaked, this time from a Patriots beat writer. Patriots PR quickly responded, saying that "none of it" was true.

And that brings us to today. Earlier this morning, Mike Florio reported that the Patriots did in fact field calls for a potential Gronkowski trade - though those calls took place before the NFL Draft.

From Florio's report:

Per a league source, the Patriots were calling other teams about a possible Gronkowski trade as recently as three days before the draft. Coincidentally (or not), Gronkowski ended nearly three months of uncertainty regarding his future by declaring publicly that he would play in 2018 only two days before the draft.

Is it possible the team was ready to move up in the draft in order to select a quarterback? Multiple reports suggested the team was interested in Baker Mayfield, though the Pats likely would have packaged together a huge deal for the eventual No. 1 pick.

Trade rumors are always fun, especially when they concern a player of Gronk's stature. Regardless, no trade happened and Gronk is back with the Patriots for the 2018 season.

Will it be his last?

[Pro Football Talk]