The 2017 season was Gronkowski's eighth in the National Football League, all with New England.
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Information from ESPN's Mike Reiss was used in this report. New England's coach has generally been thought to be willing to put up with Gronkowski's free-spirited ways because of the undeniable effectiveness of the tight end, who has been named a first-team all-pro four times in his eight seasons.
He has not played a full season since 2011.
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Rob Gronkowski won't join the Patriots for the start of their offseason program, and he may not return at all in 2018. While it's possible he is still deciding if he wants to play in 2018, Jeff Howe of The Athletic reports that Gronkowski's refusal to commit is "about the money".
"We have the voluntary offseason program that starts on Monday", Belichick said at a press conference last week. "So, not really anything new there". Belichick blue-collar, no bullshit approach to the game earned him both the love of Patriots nation and the envy of every other fanbase, and he would have it no other way. The 28-year-old has two years left on a six-year, $54 million extension he signed in 2012.
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The star tight end likely will not be the only big name absent Monday.