Detroit Lions headlines: Motor City Gronk, Starter at Left Guard?

FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 07: Rob Gronkowski
FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 07: Rob Gronkowski /

Would the Detroit Lions actually trade for Gronk? And have the Lions found their starter at left guard? Those topics and more in today’s headlines.

The Detroit Lions still have a lot of work to do before the NFL draft, which is slated to take place later this month. Not only are their more draft visits to host, pro days to attend and prospects to scout; but the Lions’ offseason training programs actually starts up next week.

With the Motor City’s offseason at full tilt, there are still many questions to be answers. Some of them being: Are the Lions’ done acquiring veterans? Might they trade for someone like New England Patroits tight end Rob Gronkowski? And have they already found their starter at left guard?

We’ll cover those topics and more in today’s edition of headlines …

Would Lions actually try to trade for Rob Gronkowski? –

Although the Lions have added free agent tight ends Luke Willson and Levine Toilolo to their roster this offseason, there still seems to be a need for a more consistent pass catcher at the position. Especially considering how much Detroit loves the throw the football.

One potential avenue to acquiring such a player is via a trade. And with rumors circulating around the future of Rob Gronkowski with the New England Patroits, the connections are easy to make. The Lions need a tight end like Gronk and there are many former Patriots in Detroit’s front office, heading their coaching staff and on the current roster.

But it seems unlikely Gronkowski would leave a championship factory like New England, opting out of retirement, only to join the Lions. In turn, it seems similarly improbable that Detroit is willing to give up what it make take to acquire his services.

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