Gronk: I won’t be at Patriots’ workouts, I’ve got dirt biking to work on

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Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski isn’t planning to show up for the team’s voluntary offseason workouts, and he isn’t shy about explaining why: Right now his focus is dirt bikes.

Gronk was at Gillette Stadium today not for the Patriots but for a Supercross Foxboro event, and when asked what he’s been up to recently, he answered, “I’ve been training for this dirt biking.”

Wearing full Supercross gear, Gronkowski was asked whether he’ll be at the Patriots’ upcoming voluntary workouts.

“No,” Gronkowski answered. “I’ve got dirt biking skills to work on.”

Gronk was kidding (we think) about dirt biking being his top offseason priority, but he still hasn’t said whether he’s going to play another season in the NFL or retire from football. Gronkowski acknowledged after the Super Bowl that he’s going to take some time to think about his future, and right now he seems to be enjoying life away from the field.

121 responses to “Gronk: I won’t be at Patriots’ workouts, I’ve got dirt biking to work on

  1. Well said Rob. Nice to see all the Patriots done playing at a 30-40% discount. Make life miserable for Bill if he isn’t willing to rip up that albatross contract of 8 million, or get the 13-15 million you deserve for being a Goat tight end.

  2. Ok Gronk, we get it. You’re flippin’ off the Belichick. See ya on draft day. Get all the Guerrero massages you want after that. Thanks for the memories

  3. LOL Michael LaRocca, but did you have millions in the bank to fall back on?Money sure is good stuff!

  4. Nice, safe, off season activity for an NFL player. I mean what could go wrong ? You just know he’s doing it to tick off the coach. I must say, I like it. 🙂

  5. Michael LaRocca, Business Editor says:
    April 21, 2018 at 12:48 pm
    I remember the time I told my former employer that.
    ……………………………………………………………
    However, you weren’t one of the greatest Tight Ends in the history of the NFL and you probably don’t have a net worth estimated at over $80M

  6. I would not be surprised to see him traded before the draft. He is the greatest TE to play the game in my opinion. BB may have to put up with Brady’s off season drama but not Gronk. Kraft protects Brady. The silly games he is playing can very easily land him in Cleveland or elsewhere. Frankly I cannot see him playing for the NEP any more.

  7. HurtsToReadComments says:
    April 21, 2018 at 12:55 pm
    Hahaha the Patriot Dynasty is cracking
    _________________

    At least we have a dynasty. Let me guess, you’re an Eagles fan…

  8. These pats that get too big for their britches and think they’re bigger and better than the system find out really quickly they’re not once to get away from
    The system

  9. .
    @jackboonie

    “Well said Rob. Nice to see all the Patriots done playing at a 30-40% discount. Make life miserable for Bill if he isn’t willing to rip up that albatross contract of 8 million, or get the 13-15 million you deserve for being a Goat tight end.”
    ___________

    You do know that the Patriots voluntarily added a 5.5 million dollar incentive package to Gronk’s contract last year?
    .

  10. Gronk is definitely asserting some independence. I wonder if win at all costs Belichik put a little too much pressure on Gronk to suit up after his concussion and Gronk realized how much he is really cared about.

  11. I get it with the flipping off to King Bill…but Mr.Kraft has been good to Gronk. He should give Mr Kraft an answer instead of pulling a Barry Sanders.

  12. Everyone woke up and realized……They done been fooled. Tommy created the mirage of playing for a discount to win. All the sudden….lights have come on once outside the cult complex.

  13. uglydingo says:
    April 21, 2018 at 1:03 pm
    Michael LaRocca, Business Editor says:
    April 21, 2018 at 12:48 pm
    I remember the time I told my former employer that.
    ……………………………………………………………
    However, you weren’t one of the greatest Tight Ends in the history of the NFL and you probably don’t have a net worth estimated at over $80M

    ———

    Dude, I think the guy was just making a joke. Loosen up. And remember that whether or not you stick up for Gronk, his life, or his finances, he doesn’t know you exist. Not will he ever know you exist, or care where your next meal is coming from.

  14. He’s likes to brag about his rings, like the one they gave him for not playing in the greatest comeback in super bowl history. Bye Gronk family.

  15. When i wrote a week ago that gronkowski was directing everything he said and did towards belichick Patriots bandwagon nation jumped all over me. That’s ok i’m the forgiving kind

  16. Malcolm Butler’s treatment has illuminated the callous approach the Pats have had success with. Nobody is getting paid. It’s a mutiny!

  17. jackedupboonie says:
    April 21, 2018 at 12:51 pm

    Well said Rob. Nice to see all the Patriots done playing at a 30-40% discount. Make life miserable for Bill if he isn’t willing to rip up that albatross contract of 8 million, or get the 13-15 million you deserve for being a Goat tight end.
    ——————————————————————————————
    GOAT tight end?

    Obviously, Dude, you’ve never heard of Jason Witten.

    Gronk couldn’t carry Witten’s jockstrap.

  18. I think there have been some recent warning signs here that may make BB more likely to trade him. I think when it comes down to it, he will keep playing and be in the league for some time yet. I am just not sure he is all in to the level the patriots want him to be.

    On a related note, out of curiousity, does anyone have a sense of what his trade value would be?

  19. If Gronk was at Gillette, then he was probably at TB12 at Patriot Place to work out with Guerrero. This is a non-story, but the Patriots players clearly on happy with Belichick right now and there is no doubt that Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski are on the same page.

  20. The way everybody’s talking about this you’d think they know that Gronk hasn’t told the Patriots what his plans are. You might consider the possibility that he’s kept the Patriots in the loop and he’s just messing with the press.

  21. There is a COST to winning SB’s in this post revised rookie contract era. Bill needs to keep moving. If Gronk wants to be paid, let him go and be paid. He just probably won’t win another SB in doing so. Obviously, after so many SB’s the hunger to keep winning is just NOT the same for these great players. But, Bellichick used Grunk quite a lot and that helped his stock. Many teams DONT use a particular TE or player quite as much and players ‘STATS” and playmaking opportunities go way down.

    So, they are all QUITE rich so no need to all of a sudden get greedy because Grunk already has his. If you pay Grunk, you have to pay Brady, and if you pay Brady, you have to pay the other playmakers. And the dynasty will become like all the rest. The management of players and getting an advantage by NOT paying key players “market” value actually ends up paying them their true value as it pertains to winning SB’s. Market and Super Bowl value to your team are two completely different things.

  22. Belichick essentially threw the Super Bowl by sitting Butler; that cannot be playing well inside the Patriot locker room

    Belichick essentially gave the middle finger to his entire team on Super Bowl Sunday; what comes around goes around-

  23. cma1973 says:
    April 21, 2018 at 1:11 pm
    Let’s see how he likes the party scene in Cleveland

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    You really think he would play for the Browns? He has enough money to fill the gas tank of his dirt bike over and over again.

  24. Playing for the Patriots below one’s market value was all fine and good until BB’s hubris cost them a Super Bowl ring. They played cheap, they played hurt, they marched in lockstep, they kept their mouths shut. Then BB kept a top five cornerback on the bench all night while Nick Foles carved up their secondary. The players are doing a lot of soul searching right now.

  25. jackedupboonie says:

    ‘Well said Rob. Nice to see all the Patriots done playing at a 30-40% discount.’

    While they may pay the top part of their roster less than others (which is one of the reasons they are more successful than all other NFL franchises), here’s something you haters should consider.

    They spend to the cap. Which means the bottom 2/3 of their roster make MORE than players on other teams.

    If that’s confusing to you, find any grade school kid who isn’t failing math and they will explain it.

  26. Seems that the rumors and news stories of a Pats player revolt have some substance after all. Wonder if Tom Brady will be in the stands instead of working out while Gronk races around a dirt track?

  27. Gronk is at Gillette to watch the professtional Supercross dirt bike racing that starts at 3 PM today. The track is built in Gillette stadium. He is not RIDING dirt bikes.

    Funny that several people picked up on an earlier post by Michael LaRocca. Because Mike Larocca was one of the best supercross riders ever…

  28. BB benched Butler and sent a message to the players that it isn’t just about winning. He made it about his ego and grinding a petty personal axe. The players now acting as selfish as BB and are looking to get their due. The inmates have tasted freedom. There’s no going back.

  29. The Patriots are finished. Bill’s way doesn’t work for the new millennial players of today. The Eagles won while having fun. When the players saw Bill bench one of their guys in the super bowl with no reason, they all just said enough.

  30. Good for Gronk.

    Leaves it all on the field each and every week he plays.

    Not the player he once was, but still a beast.

    Please note that the ungrateful degenerates (aka patsy fans) will kick him in the ass on his way out the door.

    Gronk playing for the Las Vegas Raiders seems like a match made in heaven.

  31. the Patriots will trade Gronkwoski and not get comparable value because it’s impossible. The Spurs will trade Kawhi Leonard and likely not get comparable value. You’re seeing the end of the Spurs’ dynasty and I honestly think the Patriots’ dynasty is not far behind. Still, they have to trade Gronk because he is blatantly being disrespectful. No, you don’t talk to your boss like that. It doesn’t matter who you are.

  32. tb12greatest says:
    April 21, 2018 at 1:17 pm
    HurtsToReadComments says:
    April 21, 2018 at 12:55 pm
    Hahaha the Patriot Dynasty is cracking
    _________________

    At least we have a dynasty. Let me guess, you’re an Eagles fan…
    ++++
    Not have but ‘had’. It’ll be gone shortly. Sincerely, Dallas, San Francisco, Pittsburgh and Green Bay.

  33. My guess is if they tried to trade him to a lousy team he would retire. Wonder if he’s really doing the dirt bike thing because I think contracts in some sports void payment for injuries in dangerous activities and outright prohibit the athlete from some activities. Getting hurt doing that won’t help Gronk if this is all about wanting a new contract but then again I don’t think he cares

  34. “Hahaha the Patriot Dynasty is cracking”
    “The Patriot way is over.”
    “Gronkowski is yesterday’s news and so are the Patriots”

    —-
    Current odds-on favorite (again) to win the Super Bowl this upcoming season with the reigning MVP of the league and the greatest coach who ever lived. The absolute best at blocking out all distractions to win week in and week out.

    Hoping, wishing, and praying still seem to be the only option some of you have. When will everyone learn that as long as you have Brady and Belichick, it’s never “over”?

    Gronk is just toying with all of you. He’s tight with Brady. They’ll be hosting the AFC championship again this year and favored to win.

  35. gysot says:
    April 21, 2018 at 1:47 pm
    With every pats story good or bad one fact is evident. By far this is the leagues most sensitive fan base.

    41 17 Rate This

    ——————-

    if lies were constantly spewed about your team regurgitated by insufferable, jealous fanbases, you would be too.

  36. Pats have Gronk by the nuts and he knows it. Tied up for 2 more years at cheap money and he won’t last longer than that anyhow, so he is effectively under their control until he actually does retire. Sucks to be him but Belichick is always the smartest guy in the room when it’s all said and done.

  37. tylawspick6 says:
    April 21, 2018 at 4:37 pm
    gysot says:
    April 21, 2018 at 1:47 pm
    With every pats story good or bad one fact is evident. By far this is the leagues most sensitive fan base.

    41 17 Rate This

    ——————-

    if lies were constantly spewed about your team regurgitated by insufferable, jealous fanbases, you would be too.

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

    And you just supported his comment

  38. Bye Gronk family

    I don’t have any clue what’s going on, but does anybody remember how the Eric Lindros thing went down?

  39. As usual the cacophony of fools and idiots thinks anything written about the Pats means their demise no matter what has been said

    If you actually heard any of the interview youd know he was joking and just havin fun

  40. Talk about retirement, wrestling, and now dirt biking. The man is just to up his paycheck. No team is going to trade for him without knowing if he is going to play. Relax Pats fans.

  41. Pat haters – I know you’re all drooling right now, but it is a bit unsightly, so please do yourselves (and the rest of us!!) the favor of wiping it off your face now and then.

  42. What a tool. He’s going to regret acting like such a 5 year old someday. This dude is basically 1 more injury away from retiring. B.B. should trade him to a sucker who thinks gronk is worth it for one year. He will retire after this season because he will get hurt.

  43. The smartest thing B.B. can do is call Cleveland to get that 4th pick for gronk. Or at least their second rounder.

  44. I kind of don’t mind this. Do you regret being such a pissant and not putting in Butler for a single play yet, Bill?

  45. Should be an example for the other football players especially the new and inexperienced ones. Same goes for Brady. Trade them both.

  46. ratsfoiledagain says:
    April 21, 2018 at 4:07 pm
    tb12greatest says:
    April 21, 2018 at 1:17 pm
    HurtsToReadComments says:
    April 21, 2018 at 12:55 pm
    Hahaha the Patriot Dynasty is cracking
    _________________

    At least we have a dynasty. Let me guess, you’re an Eagles fan…
    ++++
    Not have but ‘had’. It’ll be gone shortly. Sincerely, Dallas, San Francisco, Pittsburgh and Green Bay.

    ——————————

    When did NE’a dynasty end? Last time I checked they are the best team in the AFC. Those moron Giants fans thought they ended our dystasty too – instead it got stronger.

  47. The Pats haters do this to themselves every season….. look for anything they can to convince themselves the Pats are finished…. how many years has it been already? You would think these poor unfortunates would learn

  48. Maybe it just me, but this is a young man in his twenties that has more money than he willnever need and earned by the way he has played the game.Hes a little different than some, but he is having a great time in life and I say good for him.Life is short so in his position I would say do whatever makes you happy.I wish I was rich so I could do the same.

  49. ikeclanton says:
    April 21, 2018 at 4:35 pm
    “When will everyone learn that as long as you have Brady and Belichick, it’s never “over”?”

    …and the refs…don’t forget the refs.

  50. So he is at Gillette stadium where the Pats play joking about working on his dirt bike skills, and everyone is taking him seriously. This is Gronk we’re talking about.

    Sounds like the jokes on everyone else.

  51. The best dirt bike trails are in Minnesota…Gronk should come and pair with Kyle Rudolph! Besides NE owes us after the whole Randy Moss screw-up.

  52. Looking forward to four picks in the first two rounds. In case you did not know the Patriots always sign an unrestricted fa that works out.

  53. Gronk can read the writing on the wall. Brady is old almost done, great no doubt but almost done. Gronk don’t wanna spend his whole career playing for BB. I see a trade to Detroit happening, but TE need there, and Patricia seems much more of a players coach. He will have Stafford throwing to him. BB will unload the Gronk problem for a 4th rd pick on draft day.

  54. When i wrote a week ago that gronkowski was directing everything he said and did towards belichick Patriots bandwagon nation jumped all over me

    Baloney.

    With every pats story good or bad one fact is evident. By far this is the leagues most sensitive fan base.

    Baloney PT 2. By far, every Pats story is the most commented on by jealous fans of teams the Pats destroy. Who’s sensitive?

  55. They showed the video. He was having a good time tweaking the press because they would not stop asking about his intentions for this year. Actually if you listen to it he does promise to be back this year. But it was mixed in with a whole bunch of troll food.

  56. Brady and Gronk’s best gift of thanks to Mr. Kraft would be to offer to be traded away together (like to Arizona) for two 1sts, two 2nds, and two 3rd picks!…This ensures the future of the team for a decade rather than leaving Kraft in the lurch, and they still get to play together (important to Gronk at least), and it gives the flying finger of fate to Belichick without hurting the team!

  57. NEWS Flash!!!

    Gronk has bought a share in an English racehorse named GRONKOWSKI who might race in the Kentucky Derby this year.

    I am NOT making this up.

  58. The Pats got so much stronger this offseason. Those who do not know the team do not realize they were missing so many of their best players. Valentine, Hightower, and Edelman to name a few. Then Butler did not play in the SB. These were difference makers in Super Bowls past. Pats also had their top draft pick out all season with an injury.

    They had to defend a title with all these missing playmakers.

    Next year will be their year.

  59. Brady & Gronk will BOTH be playing together for the next 2 years MINIMUM…. all this chicken little crap about the SKY IS FALLING THE SKY IS FALLING is nothing but conjecture & the media doing its sensationalism to create pre draft interest….. pretty comical actually!!!
    Love all the mouth breathers trying to buy into though….. priceless!!!

  60. What everyone needs to realize that Gronkowski just cost him $250,000 by missing is workouts. If I’m not mistaken, by missing his workout with the Patriots this past Thursday, the Pats don’t have to pay him his $250,000 per the clause in his contract. Most of Pats haters can applaud him but Gronk absolutely knows what he’s doing. This whole retirement talk is a sham. He wants something from the Pats, just know one knows but Gronk. I hope he wants to be traded because as a die hard Pats fan, I’m sick of the way he’s acting this offseason.

  61. Can’t wait for September. Gronk, no Gronk…the Pats will have a competitive team.

    Will they win it all…maybe yes, maybe no…but they’ll be fighting for it…which is more than one will be able to say for the vast majority of franchises in the NFL.

    Insulting to the Eagles to consider a player like Butler would have made a difference. The Eagles were the better team on the night. The Eagles OL dominated that game and Butler would have not made any difference whatsoever in that regard.

  62. Let’s see now……tosses a throwaway line at a reporter and generated an article and well over 100 comments. Mission accomplished.

    Good job, Gronk

  63. GOAT tight end?

    Obviously, Dude, you’ve never heard of Jason Witten.

    Gronk couldn’t carry Witten’s jockstrap.
    ———-
    Hate to break it to you but if Gronk keeps playing he’s going down as a better TE than Witten (if he’s isn’t already). And clearly neither of you have heard about Tony Gonzalez or Kellen Winslow

  64. tedmurph says:
    April 21, 2018 at 8:35 pm
    Gronk and #95 to the Bears for #8 and #105

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

    Pat fan thinks, no hopes someone gives them a #1 draft pick for Gronkowski. That’s funny. Ain’t gonna happen

  65. you conveniently left out how he said the fans should expect a freak a leak when he comes back. he seemed to forget for a second hes trying to screw with said media, who is lapping it up like they typically do.

  66. Love the NFL players of today, me me and more me. No wonder fans are getting smarter and turning off the game.

  67. Pats will trade him for a 2nd. Then they’ll move up to TOP 10 in the draft for Chubb.

  68. NOBODY Would trade anything in first 4 rounds for a Te that may only play another yr or 2 and is allways missing time..He’s damaged and Not interested in playing football anymore..just wants the $$$ …Pats fans suggesting a 1st rd pic are Delusional !!!!!

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