Rob Gronkowski won’t be at start of Patriots offseason program, report says

The Patriots will kick off their offseason program without Rob Gronkowski.

According to ESPN, which cited an unidentified source, the veteran tight end doesn’t intend to participate in the team’s voluntary offseason conditioning program Monday.

The report noted that Gronkowski is still considering whether to play in 2018 but has had “good communication” with the Patriots.

The Bucs went to work on their defensive line via free agency and trades (JPP, Vinny Curry, Beau Allen and Mitch Unrein), and they also got a much-needed rock for the middle of their offensive line (Ryan Jensen). But Tampa Bay’s secondary still needs to be addressed after the re-signing of Brent Grimes for one year. Ward has shutdown potential as the best pure cover man in the draft, and he would represent the best player available, too.

Based upon his three NFL seasons, Gurley would be justified if he started clamoring for a new deal considering the running back already has outplayed his 2015 rookie contract. Gurley led the NFL in touchdowns (19) and total yards (2,093) last season while being effectively utilized in the passing game by new head coach Sean McVay.

Gurley, though, says he and his teammates must accept that taking care of defensive tackle Aaron Donald is first and foremost the franchise’s top priority.

“Obviously, we know Aaron Donald is the guy to get paid,” Gurley told co-host Gil Brandt and me Monday night on SiriusXM NFL Radio. “That’s the last thing we want to worry about is trying to get ours done when we need our best player to get paid.”

Until that happens, there’s no telling when Donald will return to L.A. Rams brass continues to speak positively about getting Donald’s extension finalized, but that didn’t prompt Donald to report for Monday’s start of offseason workouts.seahawks_036

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