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Report: Gronk expected to show up to training camp on time

Alex Reimer
July 17, 2018 - 10:40 am

After a turbulent offseason, Rob Gronkowski is expected to report to Patriots training camp on time, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports

While Gronkowski never intimated he intends to hold out, it was only natural to have some questions about his status. The star tight end said he was contemplating retirement after Super Bowl LII and didn’t confirm his return for the upcoming season until late April. Much like Tom Brady, Gronk skipped all non-mandatory offseason activities, though he did have time to appear at Gillette Stadium to promote a Supercross event. 

There were several reports about the genesis behind Gronk’s enigmatic behavior this offseason. NBC Sports Boston’s Tom Curran says Gronkowski was thinking about retirement last summer, due to his apparent unhappiness about the Patriots’ work environment. For much of the late-winter and early spring, Gronk fueled speculation about joining the WWE with a series of cryptic tweets. 

Once Gronkowski, 29, announced he was coming back, it was reported the Patriots were on the verge of restructuring his contract. But so far, no deal has been announced. Gronk, who’s signed through 2019, is set to earn a base salary of $8 million this season. He’s currently the fourth highest-paid tight end in the league. 

On Monday, Gronkowski was spotted at Gillette Stadium, nine days before camp opens. 

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