By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
Rob Gronkowski didn’t hold out of mandatory minicamp over his contract, even though he could have. And he’s not going to miss Patriots training camp, either.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter via Twitter on Tuesday, Gronkowski is expected to report to camp on time for the Patriots when veterans arrive on Wednesday, July 25. Training camp officially kicks off on the 26th.
Gronk’s attendance at the Patriots’ mandatory sessions is a departure from other big names around the league who are likely hold to out due to contract reasons. Several All-Pro-caliber players held out of their respective teams’ mandatory minicamps in June, a list including the likes of Julio Jones with the Falcons and Earl Thomas with the Seahawks. Thomas, in particular, looks very likely to hold out and may have pretty much requested a trade on Instagram.
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However, Gronkowski has acknowledged that his absence from voluntary organized team activities was in the interest of preserving his health before signing a new contract with the Patriots, which is reportedly in the works but not necessarily imminent.
The fact that Gronk is showing up to training camp, and reaffirming his commitment to the Patriots in 2018, is a good sign that a deal will get done. The question will be how much money is guaranteed and how much he’ll have to earn through incentives.
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