Per ESPN's Mike Reiss, Gronkowski's main motivation for skipping the team's voluntary OTAs was that he believed that training on his own during that span was optimal for him. "I wanted to take care of my body, take care of myself and see where I was at before I came out here. I think it was a good decision," Gronkowski noted Tuesday. The star tight end has two years remaining on his deal with the Patriots, but it's possible that his below-market deal could be tweaked in his favor. In any case, Gronkowski is presumably in good health at this stage and if he can avoid any significant injury issues in advance of the coming season, he's poised to retain elite fantasy status at his position.
Gronkowski confirmed Sunday that he will attend mandatory minicamp, ESPN reports. "We've got mandatory minicamp this week. So I'll be there this week," Gronkowski said. "I'll be full go. I'm looking forward to it. Can't wait to get back to work. I'm excited."
Gronkowski wasn't present for the team's OTAs earlier this offseason and is also working towards a new contract with the Patriots, though it doesn't appear any of that will impact his availability for minicamp. That means Gronkowski will rejoin the team in the near future and should immediately jump back in as one of star quarterback Tom Brady's favorite targets after pulling in 69 receptions for 1,084 yards and eight touchdowns a year ago.
Be it in the form of a raise, or an extension, it looks like Gronkowski will be playing this coming season under new contract terms. Either way, he's slated to be present for the Patriots' mandatory minicamp (June 5-7), as is starting QB Tom Brady.
Gronkowski is skipping the voluntary portion of the offseason program, but the Patriots expect the tight end to attend mandatory minicamp, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports. "I'm pretty sure he'll be here as well [for the minicamp]," owner Robert Kraft said Wednesday
The rumor mill swirled in New England following Super Bowl LII, with both Tom Brady and Gronkowski waiting until April to commit to playing in 2018. When healthy, Gronkowski consistently has been Brady's top target in the passing attack, reeling off four 1,000-yard seasons and recording at least 10 touchdowns five times in eight campaigns. Although Gronkowski reached the former threshold last year, he hasn't achieved double-digit end-zone visits since 2015. Even if he stays away from Foxboro the next month, he'll reunite with Brady in late July once training camp begins in earnest.
Gronkowski announced via his Instagram account Tuesday that he'll play in 2018, Zack Cox of NESN.com reports.
After meeting with coach Bill Belichick, Gronkowski committed to suiting up in the fall, ending months of speculation about his status. Whether or not the tight end would return was up in the air due to presumed dissatisfaction with Belichick and a desire for a new deal. While Gronkowski put any questions about himself to rest with Tuesday's announcement, Tom Brady still hasn't confirmed that he's 100 percent committed to playing football in 2018. Assuming the band gets back together, the trio will be aiming for a third Super Bowl appearance in a row and fourth in five campaigns. Brady's agent, Don Yee, said Monday that the quarterback hasn't departed from his stated intention to play beyond his current contract and into his mid-40s.
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