Patriots, Rob Gronkowski engage in contract talks

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The New England Patriots tight end has been mulling retirement this offseason due to concerns over his health and reported issues with head coach Bill Belichick. With that in mind, Adam Schefter of ESPN is reporting that Gronkowski will not be at the team's offseason program that begins on Monday as he is still weighing his options. Rapoport reports that Gronkowski has trained this offseason at the TB12 Sports Therapy Center and the expectation remains that he will play in 2018.

Gronkowski reportedly grew exhausted of the "high-strung" culture within the Patriots organization.


Gronk has still not committed to playing this season.

With 474 catches for 7,179 yards and 76 touchdowns in his career through only eight seasons, the 28-year-old Gronkowski is already among the most productive tight ends in National Football League history.


Gronkowski has a base salary of $8 million this year. It's unclear if Gronkowski was one of them. It's possible he's simply thinking about moving on after eight seasons and plenty of injuries and surgeries. The Patriots quarterback now is in Qatar with Best Buddies International and is not set to return until Monday night.


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