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

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Ten weeks ago today, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski declined to commit to playing football in 2018. With the team’s offseason program opening on Monday, Gronkowski still hasn’t decided what to do.

Gronkowski won’t be attending the first day of the voluntary workout sessions, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. Phase One of the offseason program consists primarily of strength and conditioning activities.

Per Schefter, Gronkowski is still considering whether to play in 2018. He’s reportedly had “good communication” with the Patriots.

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. But Brady, who is traveling with his family, currently isn’t believed to be thinking about not playing next season; Gronk definitely is.

Gronkowski has a base salary of $8 million this year. He also has a $250,000 workout bonus, which typically requires participation in a significant percentage of the offseason program.

It’s unclear whether Gronkowski is angling for more money or a trade. It’s possible he’s simply thinking about moving on after eight seasons and plenty of injuries and surgeries.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft recently downplayed the possibility of Gronkowski retiring, saying “[i]t’s not even an issue for me” and explaining that Gronkowski has been present at Gillette Stadium recently, apparently to work on rehabbing injuries.

69 responses to “Gronkowski won’t be present for first day of offseason program

  1. What story are we more sick of already??

    CK and his ridiculous saga…

    Or Gronk and the next 4 months of speculation we are about to get??

  2. Smart move, guy is a stud and has integrity.

    Pats are a mess with players no longer willing to hide their disdain for a proven cheater in Bill B.

    Sad way for a disgraced franchise to descend into darkness, but the owner willingly allowed such horrible management into his club***

  3. OMG. What part of “voluntary” does the media not understand? Gronk is a busy guy. How about writing something meaningful about all the charity work he does? Nah, not saucy enough apparently.

  4. I don’t think this is a play for more money. I think the guy is honestly contemplating retirement. He’s taken a huge beating in his career. Apparently he’s very good with his finances, I’d absolutely understand if he decides to hang it up. It’s been an incredible run.

  5. Gronk has plenty of money. He has not spent 1 penny of salary or bonuses. Only endorsement money. So he is set for the rest of his life as well as his children, god forbid.

  6. Good thing us eagles fans don’t have to worry about this drama with our QB and TE. Wentz and ertz are locked down in Philly for years to come.

  7. Pats fans have no reason to worry. After all, Josh McDaniels is coming back. He’ll fix the offense, no matter who is in there.

  8. It ought to be noted that the strength and conditioning flossophy was most definitely a point of contention between Gronkowski, Belly-ache and Giurrero.

  9. Sad way for a disgraced franchise to descend into darkness

    ……….yawn……..see ya in the playoffs.

  10. gronk brady will Only play this up an coming season..ALL DONE ..THEn BB Quits …the what NE…….back to mediocracy…..then no More tylawpick6 for 30 yrs !!!!!

  11. I thought he should have retired last year given the extent of his injuries. I will support him either way. He’s always worked hard and played hard.

    Wish him the best.

  12. the NFL is All ABOUT what have u done lately !!! who Cares about the Past !! NE will become the 49’s……

  13. Maybe he’s still pissed Belichick so under utilized him in the first half of the Super Bowl… One catch for 9 yards, when it was obvious in the 2nd half, the Eagles had no way to stop him. You’d think such a genius like that would have figured that out earlier. Don’t tell me about half time adjustments etc. It should have been the game plan. That and the fact the HC was trying to teach life lessons or something by benching a defensive starter cost them the game…Fact.

  14. David Szwartz says:
    April 15, 2018 at 4:19 pm
    the NFL is All ABOUT what have u done lately !!! who Cares about the Past !! NE will become the 49’s……

    ————

    Except in Buffalo where all anyone talks about is the past and the 4 years of “glory “

  15. Patriots are imploding. They can’t jump off this sinking ship fast enough.

  16. With his injury history,if he keeps on playing, he will be showing how much meat is actually in that head.

  17. joker65 says:
    April 15, 2018 at 4:36 pm
    David Szwartz says:
    April 15, 2018 at 4:19 pm
    the NFL is All ABOUT what have u done lately !!! who Cares about the Past !! NE will become the 49’s……

    ————

    Except in Buffalo where all anyone talks about is the past and the 4 years of “glory “

    ——————-
    I hear a lot about Green Bay 1919-1970, Dallas pre 90s, Steelers in the late 70s. Not sure why I dont hear about the 49rs as much because they too have a stretch of greatness if you want to review football history.

  18. Good for Gronk if he walks away while he still can. Most good to great NFL players either cannot, or do not make that decision.

    I would love to see him back because I have been a selfish Pats fan for 50 years. But should he walk away, good for Gronk.

  19. Pats did Gronk a favor last season by adding incentives to his contract when they did not have to. Time to draft the next tight end and trade Gronk after this season if he really doens’t want to be there.

  20. mclovin07 says:
    April 15, 2018 at 3:55 pm
    What story are we more sick of already??

    CK and his ridiculous saga…

    Or Gronk and the next 4 months of speculation we are about to get??

    ————————————————–

    Yet you not only read the post but also took the time to comment on it. Did someone make you do those things?

  21. Great to hear all of the “window closing” dreamers coming out again! We have been hearing this song fairly regularly, since 2005. You have been wrong about 20 times already, but keep forecasting! A broken clock is still right twice a day.
    Your day will come dreamers! Meanwhile,… we are onto 2018.

  22. Kraft and Billy Boy have lost the locker room. Pats won’t pay, they gave away the SB by not playing one of their best players for reasons never explained, they gave away their qb heir for peanuts, and Brady is furious that Billy Boy won’t let his personal trainer in the building. Yeah, things sound peachy king in Foxborough. The players have lost all trust and looking to move on, rings be damned. The dynasty is crumbling. Good luck with that. NEW ENGLAND PATS, best damn soap opera in the NFL!

  23. Not sure why I dont hear about the 49rs as much because they too have a stretch of greatness if you want to review football history.
    ____

    Those Niner teams were some of the best teams that ever played. So well balanced. The offense always got the attention with Montana, Young, Rice, Clark, Craig, Watters, and Taylor – but their defense was always excellent – from 1983 to 1997 they ranked no worse than 4th in points allowed 12 times (15 years). Crazy consistent!

    To me, that 49er “dynasty” was the one you measure everybody by.

  24. Poor Patriots bandwagon fanboys talking about “ voluntary” when it has nothing to do with that. Belichick doesn’t expect ONE PLAYER to treat these as voluntary. This is a direct challenge to his authority

  25. I’m Much more interested in his polish golabki recipe. I can’t imagine that Patriots fans care about it at all. They win with him or without him. The only people that care about these stories seem to be the people that really don’t care.

  26. tylawspick6 says:
    April 15, 2018 at 6:26 pm
    love the comments…i can smell the fear of an 8th straight conf championship from here..

    if healthy, another sb win is very possible

    ////////////////////////

    Let’s see, Miami, Buffalo and the J.E.T.S. Pretty tough conference

  27. The gronk has made a lot of money doing something he loved to do, so if he decided to step away I wouldn’t be surprised. Seriously why make single millions when you could make that and more without getting hit doing movies. Well whatever he decides, I’m sure a lot of people will say it’s the beginning of the end for the patriots….. Probably a great exaggeration, but the patriots way might be rubbing more people the wrong way than we thought. Hey, with gronk not pleased, amendola and solder already expressing how cold the team is they need to get youth in their. They woulda had it last year, but everybody was hurt. The patriots will still be dangerous with or without gronk. Listen I’m a giants fan, but as long as Brady is back there (when Mr McMahon’s theme music) with some halfway decent talent like Hogan, Edelman, and mathews you’ve got no chance in hell. Oh they should probably work on fixing the D, after all, Brady is 40.

  28. tylawspick6 says:
    love the comments…i can smell the fear of an 8th straight conf championship from here..

    flviking says:
    Let’s see, Miami, Buffalo and the J.E.T.S. Pretty tough conference
    ===

    Should I be surprised that a Vikings fan doesn’t know the difference between a conference and a division?
    The other poster predicted his team would win its CONFERENCE again, meaning am AFC title and another Super Bowl appearance. The teams you listed play in the Pats’ DIVISION, which accounts for only six of their 16 games.

  29. Put New England in NFC and Atlanta in AFC and Atlanta becomes a dynasty. As long as Brady plays New England wins in the AFC.

  30. wib22 says:
    April 15, 2018 at 6:36 pm
    the meat head is fed up!

    —-

    What’s botherIng you now?

  31. I am a diehard eagles fan, but please don’t take this post as patriot hating. I actually have the utmost respect for what they’ve done. That being said this isn’t the “last year” in my opinion. As long and TB and BB are together then they’ll be fine. They still have 2-3 years left. I’m more interested to see what happens when TB leaves and if BB is still coaching. I don’t think TB would be the GOAT without BB and I don’t think BB would be the greatest coach in history without TB. They’re legacy and success go hand in hand with each other. They elevated each other to the heights we are witnessing. I would love to see a couple years of BB coaching w/o TB to see how good he really is.

  32. You either know or you don’t know.. It doesn’t take this long. He probably just wants to miss the off-season program. He’ll be back in August.

  33. Hat Trick says:
    April 15, 2018 at 8:02 pm
    I would love to see a couple years of BB coaching w/o TB to see how good he really is.
    ————————
    We actually already have that. 11-5 with Matt Cassel (and only missed Div title & playoffs on a 3rd tiebreaker), and back in 1994-95 Belichick was the last HC to take the Browns to a playoff win (1994) and then started 1995 even stronger until Art Modell pulled the plug (and tried to make BB a scapegoat). Then before that, BB’s defensive genius is what got Parcells two Giants’ SB rings (BB’s SB gameplan is already in the hall of fame). Both BB and TB are now GOATs – to argue how good one would be without the other is to forget that all the other all-time greats had great talent around them (e.g. Montana had Walsh and Rice and so on) and to forget that those past dynasties existed before the Age of Parity (cap and FA) and didn’t last half as long as the Pats’ 18yr, 8 SB-attending dominance.

  34. Nobody really knows what Gronk is doing today except that he feels he has better things to do than listen to BB’s bs.

  35. They are paying Dwayne Allen 4.5 mill base and gronk 8 mill base this year. I would want more money also, Allen can’t even catch the ball and is mediocre blocker at best. He isn’t half the tight end as gronk so I understand gronks frustration

  36. thereyougo2 says:
    April 15, 2018 at 7:27 pm

    Put New England in NFC and Atlanta in AFC and Atlanta becomes a dynasty. As long as Brady plays New England wins in the AFC.

    ========
    Actually put New England in any division other than the AFC Least and they are what they were in the mid 90’s.

    One very good team among several. That’s it. Not put on a pedestal like they are today when their success has been artificially boosted by 3 pathetic and inept division rivals.

  37. streetyson says:
    April 15, 2018 at 8:47 pm

    Hat Trick says:
    April 15, 2018 at 8:02 pm
    I would love to see a couple years of BB coaching w/o TB to see how good he really is.
    ————————
    We actually already have that. 11-5 with Matt Cassel (and only missed Div title & playoffs on a 3rd tiebreaker), and back in 1994-95 Belichick was the last HC to take the Browns to a playoff win (1994) and then started 1995 even stronger until Art Modell pulled the plug (and tried to make BB a scapegoat). Then before that, BB’s defensive genius is what got Parcells two Giants’ SB rings (BB’s SB gameplan is already in the hall of fame). Both BB and TB are now GOATs – to argue how good one would be without the other is to forget that all the other all-time greats had great talent around them (e.g. Montana had Walsh and Rice and so on) and to forget that those past dynasties existed before the Age of Parity (cap and FA) and didn’t last half as long as the Pats’ 18yr, 8 SB-attending dominance.

    ===================
    Belichick set the foundation for what the Ravens defense would become when they went to Baltimore.

    I will always believe the Browns would have won a ring had they stayed in Cleveland led by Coach Belichick.

  38. flviking says:
    April 15, 2018 at 7:06 pm

    tylawspick6 says:
    April 15, 2018 at 6:26 pm
    love the comments…i can smell the fear of an 8th straight conf championship from here..

    if healthy, another sb win is very possible

    ////////////////////////

    Let’s see, Miami, Buffalo and the J.E.T.S. Pretty tough conference

    =====================
    Yup.

    The Pats will be fine in the AFC Least. Once another team or two steps up and the division is worthy of the name “AFC East” again – something that has not been the case for Brady’s entire career – then the Pats are in trouble.

  39. The Truth says:
    April 15, 2018 at 6:33 pm
    Poor Patriots bandwagon fanboys talking about “ voluntary” when it has nothing to do with that. Belichick doesn’t expect ONE PLAYER to treat these as voluntary. This is a direct challenge to his authority

    —————————
    I think all the talk of him retiring is just wishful thinking by anto Pats dreamers. But I agree that these are technically not optional with Belichick. He is forever evaluating a players drive and competativeness so he favors the guts that do the nax allowed. But if a player just blows them off he will bever say a word about it because the rules say he cant. And he wont just cut a guy either. But it does diminish his assessment. The player becomes a tick mark closer to be tradable or cuttable. So players that want to stay at the very top of the list dont blow them off.

    That is not to say Gronk blew anything off ir chalkenged anyone’s authority. This absence could be entirely known to Belichick, contrary to popular belief and tough though he may be, players do regulatly approach him and get clearance to miss activities or in the case of something optional still letting him know what and why (like Brady did) is just a sign of respect. Belichick is not in the habit of calling up the press and letting him know of these agreements and sometimes they seem to think he is supposed to for how much meaning they try to attach to their lack of info.

  40. Braz says:
    April 16, 2018 at 9:25 am
    flviking says:
    April 15, 2018 at 7:06 pm

    tylawspick6 says:
    April 15, 2018 at 6:26 pm
    love the comments…i can smell the fear of an 8th straight conf championship from here..

    if healthy, another sb win is very possible

    ////////////////////////

    Let’s see, Miami, Buffalo and the J.E.T.S. Pretty tough conference

    =====================
    Yup.

    The Pats will be fine in the AFC Least. Once another team or two steps up and the division is worthy of the name “AFC East” again – something that has not been the case for Brady’s entire career – then the Pats are in trouble.

    ======================
    The Jets, Bills, and Dolphins do have their problems that keep them far from contention, but they tend play enough teams tough that the AFC East has the third best record of any division. They have even had two teams to the pkayoffs each of the past two years. The real easy cruise to the playoffs is what the Steelers rely on. They have the Browns, Ravens, and Bengals. If you add up the win % of each division minus the winner the AFC N comes in dead last. The Steelers even struggled against the AFC E where they were only .500. Looking back that was the first hint that this supposed contender was in fact a mid round team at best. So no, the AFC E is not the “cupcake division”, that would be the AFCN.

  41. Gronk not happy. Gronk no want retire. Gronk want pay like most hype tight end. Gronk think hard work in Nuevo England is no fiesta. Gronk have rings. Gronk think Coach beliCHICK (LOLz!)must pay Gronk like legit party rock allstar, or he bounce out of club.

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