2. Rob Gronkowski
Gronk was noncommittal in the immediate aftermath of Super Bowl LII about continuing his Hall of Fame career for a ninth season. Fast-forward two months, less than two weeks from the start of the Patriots' offseason program, and there's no additional clarity on his plan. That reportedly hasn't sat well with Bill Belichick, whose past cold-blooded football decisions make Gettleman look sentimental.
Gronkowski turns 29 in May, and though he remains as dominant when healthy as any non-quarterback in the game, Father Time isn't on his side the way it has been for Tom Brady. Gronk's injury history is vast, and his violent and aggressive playing style won't be changing, but with two years and $17 million left on his contract, acquiring him would be a no-brainer for any true contender with a playmaking void on offense. And it isn't likely to cost as much as you might think — not with his well-documented list of procedures, including back and knee surgeries, and a concussion in the AFC title game.
If Randy Moss, coming off 3,765 combined yards and 47 touchdowns in 48 consecutive regular-season games from 2007-09, was available to Minnesota for a third-rounder, what would Belichick need to deal Gronk to, say, the Jacksonville Jaguars? The 61st overall pick? Kyle Lauletta, anyone?