Rob Gronkowski will not attend start of offseason program, per report

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New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will not attend the start of the team's offseason program Monday, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Earlier this month, ESPN's Jeff Darlington reported sources close to the player had hinted Gronkowski was "pretty certain" he would come back as long as Brady remains with the team.

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The 28-year-old tight end has been secretive about whether he's going to play next season, and stories about possible friction between Gronkowski and head coach Bill Belichick have only added to that uncertainty.

The Patriots will open their voluntary offseason workouts on Monday. Gronkowski is still under contract through the 2019 National Football League season, as he still has two years left on his six-year, $54 million extension with $19 million left in both base salary and bonuses. The Patriots star has a $250,000 workout bonus that's based on attending a "percentage" of the voluntary workouts.

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Brady is missing due a commitment in Qatar for the charity, Best Buddies.

Gronkowski's absence from the offseason program adds to his odd offseason. Brady reportedly also will miss the start of the offseason program.

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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. He was also a force in the playoffs, catching three scores in three games. He is mulling retirement, and is unsure if he'll play in 2018.

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