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Sport Report: Pats' Rob Gronkowski will join Tom Brady on sideline when offseason program starts

00:55  16 april  2018
00:55  16 april  2018 Source:   usatoday.com

Gronkowski reportedly seeking more money from Patriots

  Gronkowski reportedly seeking more money from Patriots New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has created the impression this offseason that he is strongly considering retirement, but it is starting to look more and more like his indecisiveness has everything to do with his contract situation. Gronkowski is not expected to show up when the Patriots officially begin their offseason program on Monday. While it’s possible he is still deciding if he wants to play in 2018, Jeff Howe of The Athletic reports that Gronkowski’s refusal to commit is “about the money.” As Howe notes, Gronk already wanted a new contract before he revealed that he was contemplating retirement at the conclusion of Super Bowl LII. If he no longer wanted to play football, he probably would have decided that by now. For what it’s worth, ESPN’s Mike Reiss wrote on Monday that he believes Gronk’s absence from Day 1 of the offseason program is a “peaceful statement” that he wants more money, as the All-Pro tight end would be forfeiting a $250,000 bonus if he doesn’t attend 90 percent of the sessions. Gronkowski’s base salary for 2018 is $8 million. That places him among the top-paid tight ends in the NFL, but it is $2 million less than the average Jimmy Graham is getting with the three-year, $30 million deal he signed with the Green Bay Packers. Plus, Gronk makes a bigger impact in the passing game than most of the league’s top receivers, and you have guys like TY Hilton and Doug Baldwin making $13 million and $11.5 million per year, respectively.

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will join quarterback Tom Brady on the sideline when voluntary offseason workouts begin Monday.

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Rob Gronkowski won't attend the Patriots' offseason program opener on Monday, according to ESPN.

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Rumors and speculation have swirled around the two-time Super Bowl champion since New England lost to Philadelphia in Super Bowl LII in February.

The tight end still has not committed to playing in the upcoming season. Gronkowski said after the 41-33 Super Bowl loss: "I'm definitely going to look at my future, for sure. I'm going to sit down in the next couple of weeks and see where I'm at."

Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski missing Patriots offseason program is not normal

  Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski missing Patriots offseason program is not normal Something is not right between the New England Patriots' Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski.Voluntary workouts are a bit of a misnomer for the New England Patriots, which is why it was strange to hear Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski will not attend the start of the team's offseason program.

Like Patriots ’ QB Tom Brady , TE Rob Gronkowski will not attend the start of New England’s off - season program Monday, per source. Rob Gronkowski must successfully complete 90% of the workouts in the Pats ' offseason program to earn his 0,000 bonus.

Like quarterback Tom Brady , tight end Rob Gronkowski will not attend the start of New England's offseason program Monday, according to a source.

He joins Tom Brady, who also will not be at the opener. Brady has been on a business trip to Qatar.

Gronkowski, who turns 29 next month, has played his entire eight-year career with the Patriots and has two years remaining on his contract. Part of this year's deal includes a $250,000 workout bonus, paid according to his attendance at voluntary workouts.

Gronkowski caught 69 passes for 1,084 yards and eight touchdowns last season, the fourth time in his career he's had more than 1,000 yards receiving.

While this latest move certainly will add fuel to the fire on whether the five-time Pro Bowler will return, Patriots coach Bill Belichick had this to say last week about Monday's program:

"We have the voluntary offseason program that starts on Monday. It will be heavily attended, but I know there are a couple players that I've talked to that have other commitments, but that's the way it always is. So, not really anything new there."

No Kentucky Derby for Gronkowski the horse .
Anyone hoping to see Rob Gronkowski celebrating his namesake horse’s win at this year’s Kentucky Derby will have to find something else to root for at the track. Gronkowski the horse will not be running at Churchill Downs on May 5. After a report on Monday of a “setback” that could dash plans for a [ more ]Gronkowski the horse will not be running at Churchill Downs on May 5. After a report on Monday of a “setback” that could dash plans for a Derby run, the horse’s owners announced that the horse has indeed been scratched. The horse ran a fever over the weekend that required antibiotics and won’t be making the trip to Louisville as a result.

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