Rob Gronkowski Will Miss Start Of Patriots' Offseason Program

Carrie Guzman
April 16, 2018

According to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, tight end Rob Gronkowski doesn't now plan to participate in the team's voluntary offseason conditioning program set to begin Monday.The development follows months of speculation regarding Gronkowski's desire to continue his career.

The Patriots tight end is still weighing his options and contemplating his future.

Gronkowski reportedly grew exhausted of the "high-strung" culture within the Patriots organization. The Pro Bowl tight end has two years and $17 million remaining on his contract. The final two years, however, weren't touched.

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Although Gronkowski has yet to commit to returning, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported in February that he was expected to play in 2018. The workouts are voluntary.

As Bill Belichick noted during Friday's press conference, some players have "other commitments" that will interfere with their participation at the beginning of the offseason program. Brady reportedly also will miss the start of the offseason program.

Although Patriots' owner Robert Kraft recently claimed he was unfazed by his star tight end's retirement murmurs, it appears Gronkowski has yet to make a decision regarding his 2018 playing status.

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