Rob Gronkowski Will Miss Start Of Patriots' Offseason Program


The Patriots begin their voluntary off-season conditioning program Monday and Rob Gronkowski will apparently not take part.

In the report posted at Twitter, Schefter compares Gronkowski to Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who also won't be present on the first day of the program.

Even though he has been working out at TB12, and getting his body in shape, Gronkowski still has yet to fully commit to playing the 2018 season. Moreover, it wouldn't be much of a shock to see the Patriots use one of their draft picks later this month on selecting a tight end to build organization depth at the position.

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Belichick didn't seem too anxious about the absence of Gronkowski or Brady, noting that players miss the offseason program due to prior commitments every season.

Schefter adds that Gronkowski and the Patriots have had "good communication" throughout the offseason.

Gronkowski turned in yet another strong year with the Patriots in 2017. The workouts are voluntary. He caught 69 passes for 1,084 yards and eight touchdowns in the regular season. With the team's offseason program opening on Monday, Gronkowski still hasn't decided what to do. He's set to receive around $9 million if he returns to play in 2018.