New England Patriots: 3 Reasons why Rob Gronkowski should not be traded

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04: Rob Gronkowski /
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MINNEAPOLIS, MN – FEBRUARY 04: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots reacts against the Philadelphia Eagles during the fourth quarter in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) /

– Not enough options

Another reason why the Patriots should not trade Gronkowski is because of the difficulty they would have trying to replace him. Just as a tight end, trading Gronkowski would result in the Patriots having a major problem at the position. With Dwanye Allen as the primary backup to Gronkowski, that would be a major dropoff in production as both a receiver and a blocker.

One of the very underrated parts of Gronkowski’s game is his ability to be a force as a blocker. While some tight ends are able to do one well, they are likely a liability at the other. For Gronkowski, he excels at both.

While the dropoff at tight end would be a significant one, the Patriots would also be losing another top receiving weapon. Last season, Gronkowski was able to total over 1,000 receiving yards and eight receiving touchdowns. That is the type of production is something that the Patriots would not be able to replace.

With Cooks and Amendola gone, the Patriots would be really putting a lot of pressure on Brady and their depth at the wide receiver going into 2018. Due to the lack of talent in the receiving core, losing Gronkowski would just be too much for the Patriots’ offense to overcome.