The Patriots’ offseason thus far has been that of total chaos. Between revealing details of the drama behind the scenes last season to alleged rifts between players and coaches, New England has consistently made headlines over the last few months.
This past week, however, seemed to raise the most concern for the team moving forward.
Although it has since been debunked by Patriots beat reporters, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk alleged in a recent article that Bill Belichick had shopped Mac Jones to at least four teams since the 2022 season ended.
Because of how last season transpired and knowing how Belichick operates, most believed the report to be accurate. It’s no secret that there was tension between the coaching staff and members of the team last year, with the most obvious stemming from Jones and Patricia.
But would Belichick have really inquired about trading a quarterback set to enter just his third season after his personnel decisions last year wreaked havoc on the season?
According to Rob Gronkowski, the report is simply “fake news.”
The legendary tight end was on Kay Adams’ show “Up and Adams” on Wednesday and shared his take on the hottest rumor of the week regarding his former team.
"“I think that was fake news. There was just too much turnover this year. He already got a new offensive coordinator that he brought in, the whole offensive staff was basically turned over this year, and if you’re shipping your quarterback — that’s just too much turnover to have in the NFL in one season and to be able to compete the following year.So I don’t think that’s real news, I think that’s fake news. But in the future, if Mac Jones doesn’t put it together this year with Billy O’Brien and all that, I can see that being a possibility after this season. But I don’t think that was true over this offseason so far, and I just gotta stamp that as fake news.”"
He may not have the direct 4-1-1 on the situation, but Gronk knows Belichick enough to more than likely be correct with his take.