Rob Gronkowski to miss Patriots offseason program

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski

According to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, tight end Rob Gronkowski doesn't now plan to participate in the team's voluntary offseason conditioning program set to begin Monday.The development follows months of speculation regarding Gronkowski's desire to continue his career.

ESPN's Adam Schefter was the first to report the news of Gronkowski missing the beginning of the workouts.

The Patriots open the voluntary portion of their offseason program on Monday.

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Gronk has still not committed to playing this season. He's reportedly had "good communication" with the Patriots.

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. But Brady, who is traveling with his family, now isn't believed to be thinking about not playing next season; Gronk definitely is. He also has a $250,000 workout bonus, which typically requires participation in a significant percentage of the offseason program. It's unclear if Gronkowski was one of them.

When the Patriots begin offseason work Monday, Gronk and Tom Brady will not be there.

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