Gronkowski won't be present for first day of offseason program

New England Patriots Rob Gronkowski walks off the field after the NFL Super Bowl 52 football game against the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday Feb. 4 2018 in Minneapolis. The Eagles won 41-33

It may take a little while longer before we get clarity regarding Rob Gronkowski's relationship with the New England Patriots.

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.

But they'll reportedly do so without their superstar tight end.

The Patriots open the voluntary portion of their offseason program on Monday.




Gronkowski has dealt with numerous significant injuries during his career, leading to retirement rumors after Super Bowl LII.

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. The Patriots quarterback now is in Qatar with Best Buddies International and is not set to return until Monday night. Schefter does note that Gronkowski has had "good communication" with the team.

Schefter reported that Tom Brady is also expected to miss Monday's session.

Gronkowski has a base salary of $8 million this year. I'm going to sit down the next couple of weeks and see where I'm at."Still, Gronkowski's potential absence from voluntary workouts doesn't necessarily mean the All-Pro tight end intends to hang up his cleats quite yet".

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