Should the Dallas Cowboys pursue Rob Gronkowski?

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04: Rob Gronkowski /

According to reports, Patriot’s tight end Robert Gronkowski might be on the trading block. Could the Dallas Cowboys be a potential suitor?

After a slow start to free agency, the Dallas Cowboys made a few moves to bolster their mundane passing attack. The signing of receivers Allen Hurns and Deonte Thompson, as well as offensive linemen Cameron Fleming and Marcus Martin, show the Cowboys’ commitment to making their offense more “Dak-friendly.”

The Cowboys are also rumored to be considering one of the top receivers in this year’s draft, which would presumably make Dez Bryant expendable.

While receiver seems to be a top priority for Dallas, it’s fair to wonder if they might also be looking into a successor to Jason Witten at tight end. At 35-years old, Witten is entering the twilight of his career, and while his hands are as reliable as ever, he doesn’t stretch the field as well as most modern tight ends.

There have been reports out of New England for months that tight end Rob Gronkowski is unhappy with his current franchise. Following the Patriots’ Super Bowl loss to the Eagles, Gronkowski admitted he needed to think long and hard about his career.

However, according to people close to the future Hall of Famer, it was the constant drama and tension in New England that caused the tight end to consider hanging up his cleats. Not necessarily his body.

One New England reporter believes Gronk’s unhappiness could lead head coach Bill Belichick to consider moving his star player.

"“A Bill Belichick-friendly source agreed with my thinking that once a player makes Belichick start to contemplate life without him, Belichick starts to warm to being without that player,” said Boston Sports Journal’s Greg Bedard, per The Big Lead. “He imagines you gone … The longer Gronkowski goes without saying he’s all in, the chances of him being traded increases, the source said.”"

This is far from a rare occurrence in New England. Typically when players are over-the-hill, underperforming, or in some cases, plain unhappy, Belichick has no problem pulling the plug on said player. It would almost not make sense if Belichick didn’t consider trading Gronk.

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However, as it stands, the San Francisco 49ers and the ascending L.A. Rams appear the most likely teams to bid for Rob Gronkowski’s services. But if the Dallas Cowboys do decide to part ways with Dez Bryant and free up some of the necessary cap, it would be foolish for Jerry Jones and company to not at least consider adding another future Hall of Fame tight end to their increasingly ‘Dak-friendly’ offense.