The uncertainty surrounding Rob Gronkowski continues.
The tight end will not be in attendance for the start of the off-season workouts, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
The Patriots open the voluntary portion of their offseason program on Monday.
Gronkowski is still reportedly considering whether he'll play in the 2018 season. Moreover, it wouldn't be much of a shock to see the Patriots use one of their draft picks later this month on selecting a tight end to build organization depth at the position. With the team's offseason program opening on Monday, Gronkowski still hasn't decided what to do.
Schefter adds that Gronkowski and the Patriots have had "good communication" throughout the offseason.
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Tom Brady will also miss the opening session, as he is in Qatar on a Best Buddies mission.
Gronkowski's absence from the offseason program adds to his unusual offseason. He is not expected to participate in the voluntary workouts either.
Gronkowski has a base salary of $8 million this year.
After an injury-plagued 2016, Gronk appeared in 14 games last season and finished with 69 receptions for 1,084 yards and eight touchdowns en route to his fifth Pro Bowl and fourth All-Pro First Team nod.