Rob Gronkowski is not attending the start of the Patriots' offseason workouts, fuelling speculation about whether he'll play this season

Kevin C. Cox/GettyRob Gronkowski playing for the Patriots in the Super Bowl.
  • Rob Gronkowski will not join the Patriots for the start of the team’s voluntary offseason workouts, and still has not decided whether or not he wants to continue playing.
  • Gronkowski has been considering retirement since at least before the Super Bowl.
  • Tom Brady will also miss the start of workouts as he is on a business trip in Qatar, and he looks unlikely to be joining the team anytime soon.

As the New England Patriots voluntary offseason workouts begin today, a pair of big names will be absent, including star tight end Rob Gronkowski, according to ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter.

“Gronkowski still is considering whether to play the upcoming 2018 season and has had ‘good communication’ with the Patriots,” Schefter writes.

Rumours of Gronkowski retiring have been circulating since before the Super Bowl, where he said in a post-game press conference that he would be contemplating his future in the offseason.

Gronkowski is one of the best players in the league and has been a vital piece of the Patriots offence for years, so if he did retire it would be a big blow for New England. He is still in his athletic prime at 28 years old but has dealt with many injuries throughout his career.

Another notable absence from the workouts will be Tom Brady. Schefter writes, “Brady also is not expected to attend the start of the offseason program; he has been on a business trip to Qatar. In other years, Brady has been a regular participant at the team’s offseason program, but he will miss at least the beginning this year.”

And it doesn’t look like Brady will be joining the Patriots any time soon, per ESPN sports reporter Jeff Darlington.

Guerrero is Brady’s controversial ‘health guru’ has worked with Gronkowski as well, and his relationship with the team’s two offensive stars has reportedly been a source of significant tension within the organisation, even leading Bill Belichick to criticise Gronkowski in front of other players.

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