Gronkowski's heart was questioned last year when he took his time coming back from forearm and back procedures. This year he might not care how long he takes as he wants to practice patience in his rehab.
The knee injury happened in December of last year. Usually it takes nine months to come back from an ACL injury without incident. That would mean he'd be ready to hit the field by late August.
Kyle Rudolph hopes for contract extension by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
Rudolph is entering the final year of his rookie contract. He said Tuesday that the team, which still has approximately $10 million in salary cap space after a busy offseason, has not approached him about a contract extension.
"I've really enjoyed my time here, from the top down, in our organization," Rudolph said. "I think we have the best owners in football. They're willing to do anything for us to win. Everybody in the front office, the new staff, I really like the direction this team is going in. I'm excited to be a part of that future."
Rudolph is hoping to bounce back after he was limited to eight games in 2013 because of a fracture in his left foot. He caught 30 passes for 313 yards and three touchdowns before injuring his foot in a Week 9 loss to the Cowboys.
He has been studying tape of the Browns from last season so he can get a feel for how he will be utilized in new coordinator Norv Turner's offense. Tight ends such as Jay Novacek, Antonio Gates and Jordan Cameron produced impressive numbers in three different decades with Turner calling the plays.
"I hope to fall in line with that," Rudolph said. "I'm excited to get into this offense."
Falcons waive two players by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
The Falcons waived tight end Adam Nissley and cornerback Saeed Lee on Tuesday. Neither player ever appeared in a regular-season NFL game.
Vikings bring back Allen Reisner by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
The Vikings announced the signing of tight end Allen Reisner on Tuesday. Reisner spent 2011 and 2012 with Minnesota before signing with the Jaguars last year following his release.
Kyle Rudolph running without any problems by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph has been running since mid-February and has no problems after fracturing his left foot, ESPN reported Tuesday. Rudolph is entering the final year on his rookie contract and has yet to engage in contract extension talks with the Vikings.
Patriots might have interest in Dustin Keller by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
Keller missed the 2013 season after suffering a knee injury in the preseason when he was a member of the Dolphins. His agent said Keller will be ready for 2014, and the CSN report says the Patriots are "in the market" for tight end help.
Dolphins showing interest in Jermichael Finley? by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
The Dolphins could have some interest in tight end Jermichael Finley if he is cleared to play football following neck fusion surgery last year, the Miami Herald reports. Finley missed all but five games after a serious neck injury.
The Dolphins currently have Charles Clay and Dion Sims at tight end. Finley caught 25 passes for 300 yards and three touchdowns in 2013.
Panthers sign TE Ed Dickson by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
The Panthers have signed tight end Ed Dickson to a one-year deal, the Charlotte Observer reports. Dickson had 25 catches for 273 yards and a touchdown for the Ravens last year.
No end in sight to Jimmy Graham standoff with Saints? by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
Franchised player Jimmy Graham has until April 22 to file a grievance against the Saints for tagging him as a tight end. He and his representatives have said they believe he's more of a wide receiver than a tight end based on where he lines up and what he's asked to do. The Saints insist he's a tight end.
It was initially believed by ProFootballTalk.com that the Saints and Graham would agree to terms before the deadline for a grievance arrived. But general manager Mickey Loomis said the team doesn't view April 22 as a deadline to get a deal done. The Saints have until July 15 to sign Graham to a multi-year deal; if they don't then he can only sign the one-year franchise tender.
Graham had 86 catches for 1,215 yards and 16 touchdowns last year.
Panthers hosting Ed Dickson by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
Free agent tight end Ed Dickson is visiting the Panthers, reports the National Football Post. He had 25 catches for 273 yards and a touchdown for the Ravens last year.