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AFC Executive Suggests Rob Gronkowski Is Still On Trade Block

Rob Gronkowski walks off the field after Super Bowl loss to the Patriots.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04: Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots walks off the field after his teams 41-33 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the New England Patriots 41-33. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

It's been an interesting offseason for New England Patriots star Rob Gronkowski, who wouldn't commit to playing the 2018 season after the Patriots' Super Bowl Loss. In early June, Gronkowski was the subject of trade rumors.

Those rumors were squashed when team owner Robert Kraft came out and denied Gronk was on the trade block. After a meeting with Bill Belichick and agent Drew Rosenhaus, Gronk announced he'd be back for another season.

However, Gronk is still waiting on a new contract. The tight end is signed through the 2019 season, but he's hardly the best-paid tight end or receiver in the NFL.

According to one AFC executive, Gronk is on the trade block until he receives a new deal. Here's what one NFL executive had to say via the Boston Sports Journal'Greg A. Bedard (per WEEI's Ryan Hannable).

“Where’s the restructure of his contract?” this AFC personnel executive said. “Until that’s done, I think he’s still available. I wouldn’t be surprised if Belichick is going to test Gronk’s buy-in with the contract.”

The Patriots were reportedly hoping for a first-round pick in exchange for Gronk's services. However, no trade was made around the 2018 NFL draft, and thus, he's likely to play for the Patriots this season.

Of course, Belichick has made stunning moves in the past so anything is possible. As of now, the NFL's best tight end will remain in New England and the Patriots will remain the favorite to win the Super Bowl once again.