When Rob Gronkowski wasn't on the field this week at the Patriots manadatory minicamp, it led to speculation that Gronk was skipping the sessions because the tight end was unhappy with his contract.
Gronkowski dispelled that notion Saturday while speaking to reporters at his youth football camp. He said he is "on the same page" as the team and even used the phrase, "I'm doing other things," which is exactlly what Bill Belichick had said this week when asked about Gronk's - and others' - absence from the field.
Patriots training camp begins at the end of July and Gronkowski said he'll be ready.
“I’m doing other things, participating fully with what the coaches have me doing,” Gronkowski said. “So we’re all good. We’re all on the same page.”
Here's more from Gronk Saturday from the Providence Journal's Mark Daniels.
Patriots seven-time Pro Bowl special teamer Matthew Slater is in Pittsburgh on Saturday making a free-agent visit to the rival Steelers, according to an ESPN's Field Yates.
Slater, who turns 33 in September, has spent the past 10 seasons in a New England. The special teams captain and one of the leaders in the locker room signed a one-year, $1.8 million contract extension in 2016.
The Patriots lost special teamer Johnson Bademosi to the Texans in free agency on Friday but signed special teamers Brandon Bolden and Brandon King just before the free agency period began.
More to come...
Tom Brady has been making the media rounds lately with "Good Morning America" and "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" appearances this past week to promote his "Tom vs. Time" series and TB12 Method book. On Saturday, Brady was a phone-in guest on NPR's "Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me" for their "Not My Job" segment.
Before a mostly cheering live audience in Hartford and after a discussion of the benefits and drawbacks - mostly drawbacks - of tomatoes and strawberries, plus an assessment of the intelligence of most defensive coordinators, Brady settled in to handle three questions about the world's second-most famous Bradys, the family from the classic sitcom - "The Brady Bunch".
Click here to listen and see how he did.