The latest offseason of uncertainty for the New England Patriots is slowly becoming less dramatic with the news the tight end Rob Gronkowski will, in fact, attend minicamp this week with his teammates.
A few months ago it didn’t even seem like Gronkowski was all too interested in continuing his pro football career, so to call this a positive step for the Patriots would be a slight understatement.
After the Super Bowl loss to Philadelphia, the All-Pro tight end talked about taking some time to consider his options. It certainly sounds like he’s now made up his mind and then some.
“We’ve got mandatory minicamp this week. So I’ll be there this week. I’ll be full go.” Gronkowski told reporters at a charity event on Sunday. “I’m looking forward to it. Can’t wait to get back to work. I’m excited.”
It’s not as if Gronk and his coaches don’t have much to talk about. Along with some hinting at a move to pro wrestling, the Patriots star also used the idea of retiring for a promotional stunt and, along with Tom Brady, skipped OTAs with New England earlier this offseason.
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On top of all that, there’s been talk of restructuring Gronkowski’s contract. No one can argue that the best tight end in the game doesn’t deserve top dollar, but after another Summer of Gronk, the Patriots might not be too happy about handing over another large sum so easily.
In 2017, Gronkowski recored 1,084 yards on 69 catches with eight touchdowns in 14 games. That production value is certainly hard to move away from for any contender.
That Gronk is showing up for minicamp is a great way to start smoothing over what has been another strange offseason for New England.
Still, summer is only just beginning and with Gronkowski you never really know what you’re going to get. This back and forth might not be over until he’s on the field for Week 1.
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