Gronkowski To Miss Start Of OTAs, 'Still Considering Whether To Play'

Florence Fletcher
April 16, 2018

With the team's offseason program opening on Monday, Gronkowski still hasn't decided what to do.

Gronkowski said after the Super Bowl he was considering his options and has not committed to returning for a ninth National Football League season in 2018.

Of course, the real takeaway from Schefter's report is that Gronkowski and the Pats "have had good communication" as the tight end works through his decision.

If Gronk does decide to step away from football, Dwayne Allen is now in line to be quarterback Tom Brady's No. 1 option at tight end. The Pro Bowl tight end has two years and $17 million remaining on his contract. He also has a $250,000 workout bonus, which typically requires participation in a significant percentage of the offseason program.

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Speaking Friday, Bill Belichick said it would be heavily attended, but was aware of a few players who wouldn't make it.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that Gronkowski will not attend the workout as he is "still considering whether to play the upcoming 2018 season".

When the New England Patriots assemble for the first time since their defeat in Super Bowl LII, they might do so without one of their biggest stars.

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