Rob Gronkowski won't be on hand for start of Patriots offseason program

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski

New England 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.

Gronkowski said after the Super Bowl he was considering his options and has not committed to returning for a ninth National Football League season in 2018.

Rob Gronkowski will not be on hand for the start of the team's offseason program, according to a source. Phase One of the offseason program consists primarily of strength and conditioning activities. He is mulling retirement, and is unsure if he'll play in 2018.

Last season, the Patriots tight end picked up 1,084 yards and eight touchdowns in 14 regular season games.

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

ESPN's Mike Reiss reported the five-time All-Pro has a $250,000 workout bonus in his contract for 2018 that he would receive in the event he attends a certain amount of his team's offseason program. The Patriots quarterback now is in Qatar with Best Buddies International and is not set to return until Monday night.

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