Looks like Gronk truly was close to leaving town. ​

According to NBC Sports, the New England Patriots ​explored the possibility of a Rob Gronkowski trade three days prior to the NFL draft. The trade talks occurred directly before and after Gronkowski ended the question of his retirement.

The Patriots reportedly were looking to acquire assets to trade for the No. 1 overall selection in this year's draft. New England is searching for their Tom Brady successor and they were looking to go as far as trading their future Hall of Fame tight end to fill that void.

Their target in this year's draft? Baker Mayfield. Nothing to see here. 

Bill Belichick apparently was very serious about shipping out his tight end. This report comes off the heels of Twitter breaking due to speculation Gronkowski ​was about to be traded last week. 

Gronk is coming off a 1,084-yard, 8-touchdown season with New England. However, the superstar has had his fair share of injuries. This makes him expendable, and more importantly, tradable. 

No matter if you believe these reports or not, Gronk being traded is ​not as crazy as you might think

The Patriots have done stranger things. For now, it looks like he's staying put. Down the road, though? You never know what might happen.