Rob Gronkowski Skipping Start of Offseason Program, Could Still Retire


Monday is the start of the Patriots' voluntary offseason workout program and it doesn't appear Rob Gronkowski will be there as he still contemplates his future.

If Gronk does decide to step away from football, Dwayne Allen is now in line to be quarterback Tom Brady's No. 1 option at tight end. There yet to be any clear indication of whether Gronkowski will return to action for the 2018 campaign.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Gronkowski is not planning to attend the start of the Patriots' offseason program. While most players are expected to report to the facility, they are not contractually obligated to do so.

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The source, however, indicated there has been communication with the Patriots and Gronkowski's camp recently. The workouts are voluntary.

This has pushed the Patriots into a hard situation where the organization has had to continue to wait on their star tight end to make a decision. Rapoport reports that Gronkowski has trained this offseason at the TB12 Sports Therapy Center and the expectation remains that he will play in 2018. Brady is missing due a commitment in Qatar for the charity, Best Buddies.