If Robert Kraft was indeed forced to call a closed-door meeting at some point over a potential trade of Rob Gronkowski, the Patriots owner certainly didn’t sound that way on Tuesday.
Speaking at the annual Myra Kraft Community MVP Awards at Gillette Stadium, Kraft shot down not only the meeting but any potential deal involving the All-Pro tight end as well.
“When you’re team is good, people are looking for things,” Kraft said. “I’ll just tell you it’s a bunch of hogwash that I vetoed some trade. That was never in the works. It’s just completely made up. I think we have to be careful in society. People just can’t come out and say things. This bit about us trading Gronk to the 49ers or Tennessee, there’s no basis to it and it gets a life of its own. I just want to go on record to make sure you all understand there’s no truth to that.”
Kraft also offered an update for the remainder of the week, which was to include a pair of OTA sessions in Foxborough on Thursday and Friday, but those plans have evidently been scrapped. Kraft told reporters that due to the solid work the team has put in this spring, the Patriots cancelled the final two days of OTAs and will now be off until training begins in mid-July. As a general rule, New England kicks off the public portion of camp two weeks prior to the preseason opener, which is set for Aug. 9. If that’s the case this summer, camp will open July 26.