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Why Rob Gronkowski reportedly missing start of OTAs is different than Tom Brady

Ryan Hannable
May 21, 2018 - 10:16 am

The Patriots are holding their first voluntary OTA session of the spring Monday at Gillette Stadium. It appears not only is Tom Brady not in attendance, but also Rob Gronkowski.

According to Pro Football Talk, the tight end may not be present Monday, but he will be there at some point.

It's clear Brady's absence isn't for the same reason as Gronkowski. For Gronkowski, it feels like it's regarding his contract and when he gets a new contract, that is when he will show up. This goes along with the report from Monday morning that he will be there at some point.

Keep in mind Gronkowski and his agent Drew Rosenhaus met with Bill Belichick a few weeks ago prior to the tight end declaring he was planning on playing in 2018. If it were just a meeting about playing, why would his agent need to be present? This makes it seem like something else was discussed, potentially a new contract.

It's worth pointing out, Gronkowski officially cannot sign a new contract until May 24 because that is when he restructured his deal last year and NFL rules permit new contracts being signed within one year of one another. (This can be worked around, but it gets complicated.)

Gronkowski likely doesn't want to step on the field until he gets a new deal.

The Patriots' remaining OTA sessions are May 22, May 24, May 30, May 31, June 1, June 11, June 12, June 14, June 15 with mandatory minicamp being June 5-7. NFL Media's Ian Rapoport already reported it's likely both Brady and Gronkowski will be present for mandatory minicamp, just don't be surprised if Gronkowski shows up even before that if he receives a new deal.

For Brady, nothing has changed for him this offseason, so it can be seen why he isn't showing up for any voluntary sessions.

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