Tom Brady is not expected to be a "regular participant" in the Patriots' offseason workout program, according to ESPN's Jeff Darlington on Twitter.
This follows a report by Albert Breer of The MMQB that Tom Brady was likely to miss the first day of offseason workouts on Monday, due to his commitment to make a trip to Qatar for his Best Buddies charity. Darlington added that Brady will spend more time with his family and personal trainer/business partner Alex Guerrero during the Patriots' offseason program.
You can also add Rob Gronkowski to the list of Patriots who won't attend the start of voluntary workouts. His absence is reportedly over his contract.
Bill Belichick addressed the expected absence of multiple players at the start of the Patriots' offseason workouts in his pre-draft press conference on Friday. It's not unprecedented - not even for Brady, who missed parts of the offseason program from 2008-2010.
Without mentioning any players by name, Belichick acknowledged that he was aware some players would be absent on Monday.
"We’ve communicated with all of our current players, the new players, the players who were on the team from last year," said Belichick. "We have the voluntary offseason program that starts on Monday. It will be heavily attended, but I know there are a couple players that I’ve talked to that have other commitments, but that’s the way it always is, too. So, not really anything new there."
Key offseason workout dates for the Patriots include the start of OTAs on Monday, May 21; the start of mandatory minicamp on June 5; and the deadline for players to accrue a year of free agency on August 7.
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