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Rob Gronkowski addresses why he missed voluntary offseason program, admits he wants new contract

Ryan Hannable
June 05, 2018 - 2:40 pm

FOXBORO -- For the first time since the Super Bowl, Rob Gronkowski joined his teammates on the field Tuesday morning for mandatory minicamp as he missed all of the voluntary offseason program, including OTAs.

The tight end spoke after the session and admitted he had some nerves going into it.

“It was great. I feel good," he said. "A lot of excitement, obviously. I had some jitters, too. First time when it’s been awhile you get the jitters. Going out there, you just don’t know. It’s football. You have to compete. You’re competing against really good players every time you step on the field so I felt good.”

Gronkowski said the jitters were for how he would compete, not for how the coaches would feel towards him after missing past sessions.

He added missing the earlier sessions were the best decision for him.

“Just was training on my own," Gronkowski said. "Felt like that was the best thing for me and I wanted to take care of my body, take care of myself and see where I was at before I came out here. It went good. I think it was a good decision.”

Immediately following the Super Bowl, the tight end wouldn't commit to playing this season, but now that he has one day on the field with the rest of his teammates, he knows he made the right decision.

“It definitely was on my mind, but I had to do what I had to do," he said when asked if he seriously considered retiring. "I felt where I felt good enough. Get my body prepared, get my body right. Again, see where my body was at, see where my mind was at and I am glad to be back out here. I feel like I definitely made the right decision coming back out.”

As for potentially getting a new contract, it seems like something he wants.

"Who wouldn’t?," he said after acknowledging he's trying to get a new deal.