After not shooting down reports that he could stepping away from football after Super Bowl LII, the Patriots tight end will not report to the beginning of New England's offseason program Monday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Rob Gronkowski is going to follow in Tom Brady's footsteps this offseason, and no we aren't talking about his diet. He is not expected to participate in the voluntary workouts either. There is, however, some financial incentive for Gronkowski to show up.
Gronkowski won't be the only Patriots star not on the field Monday. He's now on a "business trip" in Qatar, according to Schefter. Phase One of the offseason program consists primarily of strength and conditioning activities.
Gronkowski turned in yet another strong year with the Patriots in 2017.
The 28-year-old is coming off yet another highly productive campaign that saw him lead the Patriots with 69 receptions (69), 1,084 receiving yards (1,084), and eight touchdowns that earned him a Pro Bowl selection and a First-Team All-Pro nod.
Patriots owner Robert Kraft recently downplayed the possibility of Gronkowski retiring, saying "i$3 t's not even an issue for me" and explaining that Gronkowski has been present at Gillette Stadium recently, apparently to work on rehabbing injuries. He's set to receive around $9 million if he returns to play in 2018.