Jul 24, 2014; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) runs through drills during training camp at the team practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

Patriots acquisition of Tim Wright had nothing to do with Rob Gronkowski's health

The New England Patriots pulled off a big trade on Tuesday, sending pro-bowl offensive guard Logan Mankins to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for tight end Tim Wright a fourth-round draft pick in 2015.

Considering the uncertainty about Patriots superstar tight end Rob Gronkowski’s status for Week 1, many wondered whether the acquisition of Wright had anything to do with a fear on New England’s end about Gronk’s health.

But, at least according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the move to get Wright is not related to Gronk’s health.

The Patriots have obviously shown a willingness to utilize two tight ends in the past (Aaron Hernandez and Gronkowski were a dominant pairing), so perhaps New England wants to do the same going forward with Wright in the fold. And if Gronk does start the season injured or is healthy Week 1 and suffers a setback sometime in the regular season, Wright can immediately fill in as the starting tight end.

Although he’s no Gronk, Wright caught 54 passes for 571 yards and five touchdowns this past season with the Bucs and should serve as a solid option for Tom Brady.

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