A new explanation has emerged for Rob Gronkowski’s noncommittal offseason: Money. According to ESPN, Gronkowski will not attend the Patriots’ voluntary offseason workout program this week, as the Pro-Bowl tight end continues to privately mull his future with the team. The news Sunday came amid reports of recent tension between Gronkowski and the Patriots, particularly coach Bill Belichick. However, The Athletic’s Jeff Howe reported Sunday that the 28-year-old’s absence at this point is about his contract, which signals an interest in returning to the Patriots this season. According to Howe’s source, Gronkowski has been interested in reworking his contract since the team’s Super Bowl loss — even if money wasn’t the reason behind his initial murky comments about possibly retiring. Howe reports that the Patriots “understood Gronk’s desire” to restructure his deal at the time and Patriots owner Robert Kraft has been … [Read more...] about Rob Gronkowski’s absence at offseason workouts is reportedly related to money
The official start to offseason workouts is right around the corner for the Patriots, but tight end Rob Gronkowski still has yet to provide a firm indication about his plans for the upcoming season. Owner Robert Kraft, however, is not concerned. “It’s not even an issue for me,” Kraft told The Athletic‘s Jeff Howe. “I didn’t know about it until I read about it in the paper.” Kraft also told Howe he recently saw Gronkowski at Gillette Stadium. Despite not publicly disclosing whether he intends to return to the Patriots, Gronkowski has been spotted training at the TB12 Sports Therapy Center this offseason. “I was impressed that he was coming in late and doing whatever he had to do to make himself feel right and get his body right,” Kraft said. Gronkowski reportedly contemplated retirement throughout the entirety of last season, but his thoughts first became public knowledge during his press conference following New England’s … [Read more...] about Robert Kraft: Uncertainty surrounding Rob Gronkowski ‘isn’t even an issue for me’
Ever since Rob Gronkowski told reporters he was going to “reflect on the season” after Super Bowl LII, the tight end has been making headlines for the uncertainty surrounding his future in the NFL. Although multiple reports indicate Gronkowski is expected to return to New England in 2018, any reassurance has been quickly challenged by subsequent reports claiming he has yet to make a decision. Opting for early retirement as well as possibly getting traded have both been floated as potential outcomes for the two-time Super Bowl champion. So will Gronkowski be at Gillette Stadium when the Patriots begin their offseason workouts next Monday? If yes, is he there to stay? Neither Gronkowski nor the Patriots have formally addressed their respective plans — despite a series of cryptic tweets from the 28-year-old — and his attendance alone isn’t going to put an end to the matter. Should Gronkowski return for another season of football, … [Read more...] about What’s going on with Rob Gronkowski and Bill Belichick?
Despite falling just short of a second straight Super Bowl in February, the Patriots last season ended up defined by the reported growing tension between Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and owner Robert Kraft — a development detailed at length in the bombshell ESPN report released in January. Specifically, the fractured relationship between Brady and Belichick stemmed from disagreements over the involvement of Alex Guerrero, Brady’s personal trainer who co-owns the TB12 Therapy Center. And apparently, those conflicts about Guerrero weren’t limited to just Brady and Belichick. According to the Boston Herald, Belichick “chastised” tight end Rob Gronkowski early last season in front of teammates for continuing to train with Guerrero. ESPN reported in January that Belichick had significantly decreased Guerrero’s role with the team at some point last season, which stoked the flames of the discord in Foxborough. Previously, Guerrero was so involved in the … [Read more...] about Rob Gronkowski using Tom Brady’s trainer got Patriots TE on wrong side of Bill Belichick: report