Patriots' Rob Gronkowski will not attend start of Patriots' offseason program

Patriots' Rob Gronkowski will not attend start of Patriots' offseason program

Tight end Rob Gronkowski reportedly won't be in attendance when the New England Patriots' offseason program begins Monday.

Schefter adds Gronkowski is still considering whether to play in the upcoming National Football League season, but has had "good communication" with New England.

While Gronkowski has yet to decide if he will suit up for the 2018 season, he reportedly will not be attending the start of the Patriots' offseason program, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The workouts are voluntary. There is, however, some financial incentive for Gronkowski to show up.

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Tom Brady will also miss the opening session, as he is in Qatar on a Best Buddies mission. He's now on a "business trip" in Qatar, according to Schefter.

Gronkowski still is considering whether to play the upcoming 2018 season, and has had "good communication" with the Patriots, per the source.

Gronkowski's absence from the offseason program adds to his odd offseason.

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One person who does not seem to be overly concerned by Gronkowski's future is Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who claimed the prospect of being without the two-time Super Bowl victor was nothing to be afraid of.

The 28-year-old is coming off yet another highly productive campaign that saw him lead the Patriots with 69 receptions (69), 1,084 receiving yards (1,084), and eight touchdowns that earned him a Pro Bowl selection and a First-Team All-Pro nod. He was also a force in the playoffs, catching three scores in three games.

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