Rob Gronkowski won't attend start of Patriots' offseason program

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski

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Schefter does note that Gronkowski has had "good communication" with the team.

Like quarterback Tom Brady, tight end Rob Gronkowski will not attend the start of New England's offseason program Monday, according to a source.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Gronkowski is not planning to attend the start of the Patriots' offseason program. With the team's offseason program opening on Monday, Gronkowski still hasn't decided what to do.

Brady is missing due a commitment in Qatar for the charity, Best Buddies. He's now on a "business trip" in Qatar, according to Schefter.

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Belichick didn't seem too anxious about the absence of Gronkowski or Brady, noting that players miss the offseason program due to prior commitments every season.

Gronkowski has a base salary of $8 million this year.

But they'll reportedly do so without their superstar tight end. He was also a force in the playoffs, catching three scores in three games.

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 is mulling retirement, and is unsure if he'll play in 2018.

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