With that in mind, Adam Schefter of ESPN is reporting that Gronkowski will not be at the team's offseason program that begins on Monday as he is still weighing his options.
Although Gronkowski has yet to commit to returning, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported in February that he was expected to play in 2018. The Pro Bowl tight end has two years and $17 million remaining on his contract. The final two years, however, weren't touched.
The Patriots will open their voluntary offseason workouts on Monday.
Per the report, Gronkowski is thought to still be mulling his playing status for the upcoming season, but on that note Schefter relays that the tight end has had "good communication" with the Patriots on that front.
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With 474 catches for 7,179 yards and 76 touchdowns in his career through only eight seasons, the 28-year-old Gronkowski is already among the most productive tight ends in National Football League history.
Brady reportedly also will miss the start of the offseason program. The workouts are voluntary.
Speaking Friday, Bill Belichick said it would be heavily attended, but was aware of a few players who wouldn't make it.