Ten weeks ago today, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski declined to commit to playing football in 2018.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Gronkowski is not planning to attend the start of the Patriots' offseason program.
The source, however, indicated there has been communication with the Patriots and Gronkowski's camp recently.
As Bill Belichick noted during Friday's press conference, some players have "other commitments" that will interfere with their participation at the beginning of the offseason program. There is, however, some financial incentive for Gronkowski to show up. The Patriots quarterback now is in Qatar with Best Buddies International and is not set to return until Monday night. He's now on a "business trip" in Qatar, according to Schefter.
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Brady is reportedly in Qatar to do charity work for Best Buddies.
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. There yet to be any clear indication of whether Gronkowski will return to action for the 2018 campaign. He caught 69 passes for 1,084 yards and eight touchdowns in the regular season.
Gronk also appeared in all three of New England's playoff games.
Gronkowski is under contract with the Patriots through 2019.