Rob Gronkowski
TE NE (11)
2 hours ago

Gronkowski is expected to report to training camp July 25, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

Gronkowski's absence from the voluntary portion of the Patriots' offseason program led some rumors that he could be a holdout during training camp. He may be displeased with his contract, but he showed up for mandatory minicamp in June and apparently intends to do the same for the start of training camp, perhaps hoping the team will reward his show of good faith. With Brandin Cooks off to Los Angeles and Julian Edelman suspended for the first four weeks of the season, Gronkowski needs to gear up for a high-volume role early in the year. The 29-year-old tight end has two years remaining on his contract, but he's hinted at the possibility of early retirement.

Rob Gronkowski
TE NE (11)
1 month ago

Gronkowski participated in Tuesday's mandatory minicamp practice, the Patriots' official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

Per ESPN's Mike Reiss, Gronkowski's main motivation for skipping the team's voluntary OTAs was that he believed that training on his own during that span was optimal for him. "I wanted to take care of my body, take care of myself and see where I was at before I came out here. I think it was a good decision," Gronkowski noted Tuesday. The star tight end has two years remaining on his deal with the Patriots, but it's possible that his below-market deal could be tweaked in his favor. In any case, Gronkowski is presumably in good health at this stage and if he can avoid any significant injury issues in advance of the coming season, he's poised to retain elite fantasy status at his position.

Rob Gronkowski
TE NE (11)
1 month ago

Gronkowski confirmed Sunday that he will attend mandatory minicamp, ESPN reports. "We've got mandatory minicamp this week. So I'll be there this week," Gronkowski said. "I'll be full go. I'm looking forward to it. Can't wait to get back to work. I'm excited."

EDGE Analysis

Gronkowski wasn't present for the team's OTAs earlier this offseason and is also working towards a new contract with the Patriots, though it doesn't appear any of that will impact his availability for minicamp. That means Gronkowski will rejoin the team in the near future and should immediately jump back in as one of star quarterback Tom Brady's favorite targets after pulling in 69 receptions for 1,084 yards and eight touchdowns a year ago.

Rob Gronkowski
TE NE (11)
2 months ago

Gronkowski and the Patriots have reportedly made progress toward a new contract,Jeff Howe of The Athletic reports.

EDGE Analysis

Be it in the form of a raise, or an extension, it looks like Gronkowski will be playing this coming season under new contract terms. Either way, he's slated to be present for the Patriots' mandatory minicamp (June 5-7), as is starting QB Tom Brady.

Rob Gronkowski
TE NE (11)
2 months ago

Gronkowski is skipping the voluntary portion of the offseason program, but the Patriots expect the tight end to attend mandatory minicamp, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports. "I'm pretty sure he'll be here as well [for the minicamp]," owner Robert Kraft said Wednesday

EDGE Analysis

The rumor mill swirled in New England following Super Bowl LII, with both Tom Brady and Gronkowski waiting until April to commit to playing in 2018. When healthy, Gronkowski consistently has been Brady's top target in the passing attack, reeling off four 1,000-yard seasons and recording at least 10 touchdowns five times in eight campaigns. Although Gronkowski reached the former threshold last year, he hasn't achieved double-digit end-zone visits since 2015. Even if he stays away from Foxboro the next month, he'll reunite with Brady in late July once training camp begins in earnest.

Rob Gronkowski
TE NE (11)
3 months ago

Gronkowski announced via his Instagram account Tuesday that he'll play in 2018, Zack Cox of NESN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

After meeting with coach Bill Belichick, Gronkowski committed to suiting up in the fall, ending months of speculation about his status. Whether or not the tight end would return was up in the air due to presumed dissatisfaction with Belichick and a desire for a new deal. Though Gronkowski put any questions about himself to rest with Tuesday's announcement, the Patriots will be waiting with bated breath for Tom Brady to make his own decision for the upcoming season. Assuming the band gets back together, the trio will be aiming for a third Super Bowl appearance in a row, and fourth in five campaigns.

Rob Gronkowski
TE NE (11)
3 months ago

Gronkowski said he doesn't plan to attend the optional portion of the Patriots' offseason program, Phil Perry of NBC Sports Boston reports.

EDGE Analysis

Gronkowski doesn't seem bothered by missing out on a $250,000 workout bonus in his contract, noting that he's currently busy working on his dirt-biking skills. He still hasn't confirmed that he'll play football in 2018, but a report from late March suggested retirement was unlikely. The 28-year-old tight end can skip team activities without incurring any fines until mandatory minicamp June 5-7. Given that he typically showed up for optional workouts in past seasons, Gronkowski's absence this year hints at some level of frustration with his contract and/or Bill Belichick.

Rob Gronkowski
TE NE (11)
3 months ago1 Comment

Gronkowski is not expected to attend the start of the Patriots' offseason program, which opens Monday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

Per the report, Gronkowski is thought to still be mulling his playing status for the upcoming season, but on that note Schefter relays that the tight end has had "good communication" with the Patriots on that front. As Mike Reiss of ESPN.com points out, Monday's activities are voluntary, but it is worth noting that Gronkowski has a $250,000 workout bonus built into his 2018 contract, which is paid based on him attending a certain percentage of workouts, according to Reiss. Ultimately, we'd be very surprised if Gronkowski didn't play this season, but until that's confirmed his status will be worth monitoring. Moreover, it wouldn't be much of a shock to see the Patriots use one of their draft picks later this month on selecting a tight end to build organization depth at the position.

Rob Gronkowski
TE NE (11)
3 months ago

The Patriots' decision to trade Brandin Cooks suggests the team is confident in having Gronkowski available for 2018, NFL.com's Kevin Patra reports.

EDGE Analysis

Gronkowski openly pondered retirement in the aftermath of the Super Bowl, but he's reportedly leaning toward playing for at least one more season. There also have been some trade rumors in recent weeks, though none seemed to have any real substance. Gronkowski will turn 29 in May and is coming off a season in which he caught 69 of 106 targets (65 percent) for 1,084 yards (10.2 YPT) and eight touchdowns in 14 regular-season games. He's one of the most efficient pass catchers in NFL history, and it isn't out of the question that Cooks' departure could lead to a slight uptick in target volume. Gronkowski's injury history could eventually lead him to retire before his play significantly declines, but it probably won't happen this offseason.

Rob Gronkowski
TE NE (11)
4 months ago2 Comments

Gronkowski said he's "pretty certain" he'll return to the Patriots for the 2018 season, Jeff Darlington of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Gronkowski has been considering retirement since the end of the most recent season, but indicated he'd come back as long as Tom Brady remains with the team. The on-going drama in New England is also part of the story, as there is rumored discord between Gronkowski and head coach Bill Belichick.