According to MMQB’s Albert Breer, the Patriots spoke with “trusted” teams in which they had a connection: the Detroit Lions, Tennessee Titans, Houston Texans and San Francisco 49ers.
Former Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia is now the head coach of the Lions; former Patriots linebacker, Mike Vrabel, is the head coach of the Titans; and former offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien coaches the Texans. The 49ers were in the mix partly because of the Jimmy Garoppolo trade last season.
But now, the Patriots have Gronk’s full commitment for next season. He and the organization are currently working on a contract extension.