Ten weeks ago, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski refused to play football in 2018. With the team's offseason program open Monday, Gronkowski has not yet decided what to do.
Gronkowski will not attend on the first day of voluntary training sessions, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. Phase one of the low season program consists mainly of strength and conditioning activities.
According to Schefter, Gronkowski is still considering whether he will play in 2018. He reportedly had "good communication" with the Patriots.
In the report published on Twitter Schefter compares Gronkowski to Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who will also not be present on the first day of the program. But Brady, who travels with his family, currently does not think he's thinking about not playing next season; Gronk definitely is.
Gronkowski has a base salary of $ 8 million this year. He also has a $ 250,000 training bonus, which generally requires participation in a significant percentage of the off-season program.
It is unclear if Gronkowski is looking for more money or an exchange. You may simply be thinking about moving forward after eight seasons and many injuries and surgeries.
Patriots owner Robert Kraft recently downplayed the possibility of Gronkowski's retirement, saying "[i] is not a problem for me" and explaining that Gronkowski had recently been at Gillette Stadium, apparently to work in rehabilitation injuries.