The Texans have had terrible tight ends since Bill O’Brien became the head coach of the Houston Texans. This upcoming season, he’s going to have another shoddy group. Ryan Griffin can’t block or do much more than run into the flat for four yards on 3rd and 7. Stephen Anderson is a big target but also can’t block; he has been a disappointment in the red zone. Jordan Akins is a 26 year old rookie. Jordan Thomas is big and runs fast in a straight line, but he didn’t produce a ton at Mississippi State. The rest of the roster is a bunch of guys trying out before one day auditioning for The Bachelorette they will use their little bit of roster time to gain more Instagram followers so they can become a lifestyle account.
So the news that the Texans were in the market for a tight end isn’t surprising. It wouldn’t be surprising even if the Texans had a competent tight end. The Texans were reportedly one of four teams in trade talks for one of the greatest tight ends of all time, Rob Gronkowski, with the Patriots. Houston, Tennessee, Detroit, and San Francisco all discussed trying to obtain the tight end, according to Albert Breer.
The Rob Gronkowski trade talks were real, according to multiple reports, but cooler heads eventually prevailed. We don’t know how close the New England Patriots came to trading their all-everything tight end, but there certainly were conversations, according to reports.
First, there was a report the Patriots had talks with the Tennessee Titans and San Francisco 49ers about Gronkowski. Now, on Monday, The MMQB’s Albert Breer reported on “The Herd With Colin Cowherd” that the Patriots also talked to the Detroit Lions and Houston Texans about a trade for the seemingly disgruntled tight end. “I don’t think they were shopping Gronk to the entire league, but there were some teams they trust that I know they talked to. Detroit, Tennessee, Houston, San Francisco — you guys can make the connections there,” Breer said. The “connections,” of course, are obvious.
The idea here is that trade talks happened because Gronk unhappy because GRONK WANT NEW CONTRACT. Now the Patriots and Gronk are expected to hammer out an extension this summer during training camp. He and Bill Belichick talked things out, so the tight end will stay in New England this season. How far these trade talks went or what New England wanted in return is unknown. Nothing happened. Maybe in the future this little New England connection can lead to more trades between Houston and New England. After all, they’ve consummated blockbuster deals before.
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