Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Rob Gronkowski won't attend start of Patriots offseason program

Rob Gronkowski won't attend start of Patriots offseason program

Gronkowski is not expected to attend the start of the Patriots' offseason program, which opens Monday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Gronkowski has a $250,000 workout bonus in his contract for 2018, which is paid out based on attending a percentage of the voluntary workouts.

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Naturally, with reports of a growing strain in the relationship between Belichick and his two stars, Brady and Gronkowski, there will be a keen eye kept on their absence, and how long they remain away.

Gronkowski has dealt with numerous significant injuries during his career, leading to retirement rumors after Super Bowl LII. Brady reportedly also will miss the start of the offseason program.

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Rob Gronkowski will not be at the Patriots' workout Monday.

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.

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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 does note that Gronkowski has had "good communication" with the team. He's set to receive around $9 million if he returns to play in 2018.

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