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.
In a year in which there is the potential for some notable training camp holdouts, Patriots’ TE Rob Gronkowski will not be one. Gronkowski is expected to report to Patriots’ training camp July 25 on time, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 17, 2018
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.
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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.
Reporting day for the majority of Patriots players is July 25, but some players have already been showing up to the facility. Rob Gronkowski, for example, stopped in today.— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) July 16, 2018