Rob Gronkowski: Commits to playing in 2018

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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.

New England Patriots fans can expect to get Tom Brady back in 2018 and beyond, according to the veteran quarterback's agent.

"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.

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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.

Speaking on The Ringer's GM Street podcast, Mike Lombardi, a former Patriots executive and close friend of Bill Belichick, said he believes Gronkowski's actions have been all about money.

NOTE: The NFL Draft is coming up on Thursday. He missed the Patriots' 2017 Super Bowl win over Atlanta after undergoing back surgery.

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