Lombardi didn't seem to think Gronkowski and Tom Brady missing the sessions are a big deal, as long as the two are working out on their own and in good shape when the season comes. He reached the top incentive scale by becoming an All-Pro in a season when he had 69 receptions for 1,084 yards and eight touchdowns.
"Tom's intentions have not changed", Yee said, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Despite his absence during the start of voluntary offseason workouts and rumours the five-time Super Bowl champion could be nearing retirement, Brady has been staying fit and focused.More news: Irish farmers set to milk benefits of European Union trade deal with Mexico
After skipping the first week of the season's offseason program, he's finally given the team a definitive answer on the upcoming season, even though it's been largely speculated he would ultimately play. "Looking forward to another championship run".
In contrast to his recently aloof and over-the-top behavior, including an interesting exchange with the media at Gillette Stadium during a motocross event just days ago, Gronkowski kept his comments short and to the point, saying he had met with coach Bil Belichick and chose to play. Schefter also added that Gronkowski would not be traded this season.
NOTE: The NFL Draft is coming up on Thursday. He missed the Patriots' 2017 Super Bowl win over Atlanta after undergoing back surgery.