Count Rob Gronkowski among those not buying rumors that the New England Patriots would seriously consider trading quarterback Mac Jones. Appearing on the new episode of Up & Adams, he shared his thoughts rather clearly.
The former Patriots tight end labels the rumors as “fake news.”
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“I think that was fake news,” Gronkowski said. “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 have to stamp that as fake news.”
Earlier in the offseason, Gronkowski — who won three Super Bowls during his time in New England — shared his optimism about the Patriots hiring Bill O’Brien as offensive coordinator. The hope is that the entire unit and its third-year quarterback will take a step forward as a result.
The rumors about Jones possibly being on the trade block originated with a report on Tuesday, claiming the Patriots had “shopped” the former first-round draft pick to multiple teams this offseason. A series of follow-up reports disputed that notion, though.