Rob Gronkowski
TE NE (11)
1 day 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)
1 week 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 weeks 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)
3 weeks 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.

Rob Gronkowski
TE NE (11)
2 months ago2 Comments

The Patriots are expecting Gronkowski to return for the 2018 season, though the tight end hasn't officially informed the team of his intentions, a source informed Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

EDGE Analysis

Following New England's Super Bowl LII loss to the Eagles, Gronkowski said he would take some time off to determine his future in football and was unwilling to commit to playing in 2018. There have been rumblings that Gronkowski, who remains on a Hall-of-Fame trajectory despite having battled numerous injuries during his eight-year career, is interested in pursuing opportunities in the entertainment world, though the 28-year-old has yet to verify those rumors. While Rapoport's report provides some optimism that the Patriots will have their top red-zone target in the fold for at least one more season, a formal announcement from Gronkowski regarding his playing status doesn't appear imminent.

Rob Gronkowski
TE NE (11)
3 months ago

Gronkowski (concussion) brought in nine of 15 targets for 116 yards and two touchdowns during the Patriots' 41-33 loss to the Eagles in Super Bowl LII on Sunday.

EDGE Analysis

The star tight end got off to a slow start before coming on in the second half, logging touchdown receptions of five and four yards from Tom Brady in the third and fourth quarter, respectively. The second score afforded the Patriots a short-lived 33-32 advantage and gave Gronkowski three touchdowns for the fourth consecutive postseason. Despite the fact he's only 28 years of age, the 2010 second-round pick's extensive injury history is notably leading to some rumblings of a possible retirement as per Paul Perillo of the team's official site, but Gronkowski is on record as saying he'll take several weeks to evaluate his future. Ironically, the multi-time Pro Bowler just wrapped up a strong bounce-back season, one that saw him haul in 69 of 106 targets for 1,084 yards and eight touchdowns over 14 games.

Rob Gronkowski
TE NE (11)
3 months ago

Gronkowski practiced fully Thursday after clearing the NFL's concussion protocol, per Mike Reiss of ESPN.com.

EDGE Analysis

When asked if he'd have any limitations while playing in Super Bowl LII, Gronkowski relayed that he's "ready to roll, full speed." In addition to Gronkowski, the other three New England players listed on the Patriots' injury report all practiced fully Thursday, setting the stage for the quartet to be available for Sunday's contest against the Eagles.

Rob Gronkowski
TE NE (11)
3 months ago

Gronkowski has cleared the NFL's concussion protocol and is slated to play in Super Bowl LII, NFL.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Per the report, Gronkowski is in line to meet with the media Thursday afternoon, with the level of his practice participation (to be revealed later) of note. In any case, whether he's listed as a limited participant or a full one Thursday, the star tight end is now in line to be available for Sunday's contest.

Rob Gronkowski
TE NE (11)
3 months ago

Gronkowski (concussion) practiced on a limited basis Wednesday, Nicki Jhabvala of The Denver Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

Gronkowski had been raising hopes that he was approaching the end of his journey through the concussion protocol, practicing this past weekend and even making statements in recent days. As evidence, he told Mike Reiss of ESPN.com on Tuesday that he hoped he would clear the protocol Wednesday with an eye toward playing in Sunday's Super Bowl. Gronkowski appeared at the start of Wednesday's practice in full pads, per Reiss, but the tight end apparently hasn't been cleared for more than individual drills at this point. Consequently, the Patriots withheld Gronkowski from Wednesday's media session, which likely will continue until he gets the all-clear from an independent neurologist.

Rob Gronkowski
TE NE (11)
3 months ago

Gronkowski (concussion) was present at Wednesday's practice.

EDGE Analysis

On Tuesday evening, Gronkowski expressed hope that he would come out of the other side of the concussion protocol, according to Mike Reiss of ESPN.com. In the end, an independent neurologist will make the final decision, but Gronkowski appeared to be taking part in warmups, at the very least. His activity level will become clear once the Patriots release their first injury report of the week.