Gronk won't be at start of Patriots' offseason program, still weighing future

After not shooting down reports that he could stepping away from football after Super Bowl LII, the Patriots tight end will not report to the beginning of New England's offseason program Monday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

In the report posted at Twitter, Schefter compares Gronkowski to Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who also won't be present on the first day of the program.

Gronk is not expected to attend the start of the Patriots' offseason activities, according to ESPN and the Herald.

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Gronkowski has a $250,000 workout bonus in his contract for 2018, which is paid out based on attending a percentage of the voluntary workouts.

With training camp set to begin next month, the Patriots should get their answer concerning Gronkowski at some point over the next few weeks.

Monday's offseason workouts are voluntary.

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

Although Gronkowski has yet to commit to returning, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported in February that he was expected to play in 2018. He caught 69 passes for 1,084 yards and eight touchdowns in the regular season.

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

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