– Would not please Brady
One of the reasons why the Patriots should not trade Gronkowski is because of his relationship with Tom Brady. As mentioned in the report, Brady threatened to retire if the Patriots traded Gronkowski. While that seems to be a bit extreme and we don’t know if it’s true or not, Brady certainly would not be a happy camper if his best weapon was traded.
Brady is coming off a great season in 2017, as he was the NFL MVP, and threw for over 500 passing yards in the Super Bowl. While Brady is still playing at an elite level, having Gronkowski certainly helps.
Last season, Gronkowski was one of the best tight ends in the league, as he totaled 1,084 receiving yards and eight receiving touchdowns. Considering the Patriots already lost Brandin Cooks and Danny Amendola this offseason, willingly losing Gronkowski too would put a lot of pressure on a soon to be 41-year-old Brady. While Brady might be able to play really well without Gronkowski, he would certainly rather have him on the field. With no viable replacement for Brady, the Patriots better make sure that they keep him happy. In all likelihood, trading Gronkowski would not do that.