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Rob Gronkowski not interested in discussing potential new contract, adds holding out was never option

Ryan Hannable
July 26, 2018 - 1:02 pm

FOXBORO -- Rob Gronkowski is singing a different tune than a few weeks ago when he spoke at mandatory minicamp.

It was then he openly admitted he was trying to get a new contract and hoped it would get done before the start of the season. Many expected one to get announced before the first official training camp session, but that didn't happen.

Gronkowski was asked about it following the first training camp practice Thursday, but unlike in June, he didn't want to talk about it.

“I am just focused on getting better," he said before adding he's letting those types of things happen internally.

The tight end, who is signed through 2019 and has a base salary of $8 million this year, believes new deals or restructures will take care of themselves.

“Yeah, exactly," he said. "There’s one thing I can do, there’s one thing I can worry about and there’s one thing that I can control. That is myself, my play. It’s me going out there doing what I have to do to help the team.”

Other stars who would like new contracts have held out of training camps across the league, but for Gronkowski that was never an option.

“No," he said. "I never came close to considering that. Not even what bit. What I can do though is keep preparing, keep showing up every day, keep doing what I have to do, which is get better.”

Gronkowski closed the session by when asked if he's happy in New England answering with an emphatic, "yes."

Given Gronkowski's contract figure compared to other players across the league, it would not be a surprise at all to see at least some incentives like last season get added in the coming days or weeks.

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