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Report: No holdout for Gronk, he'll be at camp next week

Report: No holdout for Gronk, he'll be at camp next week

After an offseason of talk about wrestling, motocross, retirement and "hogwash" trade rumors, Rob Gronkowski will be back in Foxboro when the Patriots report to training camp next week, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

So while there will be no holdout, there is the matter of a restructured contract. There's no new deal yet, but the All-Pro tight end, 29, is signed through 2018 and is set to earn a base salary of $8 million this season. He's the fourth-highest paid tight end in the league. 

In June at his appearance at mandatory mini-camp (after he and Tom Brady stayed away from voluntary workouts), when asked if he was looking for a new deal, Gronkowski answered, "Who wouldn't?"

Gronk's dissatisfaction with the Patriots goes back to last training camp, according to NBC Sports Boston Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran, but he told ex-Patriot Willie McGinest of the NFL Network earlier this month he was "super ready" to return. 

The Patriots' first workout is Thursday, July 26 - one day after the veterans' reporting date.  According to ESPN's Mike Reiss, Gronkowski was at the Patriots facility on Monday.

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This stat shows just how dominant Stephon Gilmore was in 2018

This stat shows just how dominant Stephon Gilmore was in 2018

Stephon Gilmore was sensational for the Patriots in 2018.

The 28-year-old cornerback's performance on the field spoke for itself throughout the Pats' championship campaign, but a look at the numbers provides some context for just how dominant he was.

According to Pro Football Focus, Gilmore only allowed 44 percent of the balls thrown his way to be caught by opposing receivers. That's the lowest percentage of any cornerback in the league with 400 or more coverage snaps.

That amazing stat likely factored into Gilmore earning an "elite" grade from PFF back in February.

Gilmore's outstanding season ended on a perfect note with a game-sealing interception in Super Bowl LIII vs. the Rams. It'll be tough to top that, but he'll look to at least duplicate his success as New England's star DB again in 2019.

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When Harry met Tom - Brady works out with Patriots rookie WR and Edelman

When Harry met Tom - Brady works out with Patriots rookie WR and Edelman

While his teammates were at OTAs this week at Gillette Stadium, Tom Brady, who skipped them for the second year in a row, had a few Patriots around his place for private workouts.

On social media, Brady posted pictures of himself working out with teammate Julian Edelman and more significantly, Patriots first-round pick, wide receiver N'Keal Harry of Arizona State.

Harry, who told reporters Thursday at OTAs that he had yet to speak to Brady personally and had only communicated with him through social media. That's obviously changed the past few days. Harry, who also tweeted a picture of himself catching Brady tosses, had said this week he was excited to "learn from the best." 

Offseason workouts in Foxboro continue Wednesday and Thursday and mandatory minicamp is June 4-6. July training camp dates have yet to be announced. 

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