Tuesday, 23 October, 2018

Rob Gronkowski to miss start of Patriots' offseason program

Rob Gronkowski's retirement threats sound suspiciously like a holdout Rob Gronkowski's retirement threats sound suspiciously like a holdout
Kristopher Love | 16 April, 2018, 11:02

When the Patriots begin offseason work Monday, Gronk and Tom Brady will not be there. Ultimately, we'd be very surprised if Gronkowski didn't play this season, but until that's confirmed his status will be worth monitoring.

This has pushed the Patriots into a hard situation where the organization has had to continue to wait on their star tight end to make a decision.

Gronkowski won't be attending the first day of the voluntary workout sessions, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

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

Gronkowski has a base salary of $8 million this year. In other years, Brady has been a regular participant at the team's offseason program, but he will miss at least the beginning this year.

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. There is no certainty that means that he is leaning toward coming back, but it at least means that the Patriots have been kept abreast of what Gronkowski is going through.

Gronkowski won't be the only Patriots star not on the field Monday. He was also a force in the playoffs, catching three scores in three games.