Gronkowski takes jab at front office with real reason he isn't working out


As Patriots fans hang on every clue, Rob Gronkowski is clearly enjoying the “Will he or won’t he?” game regarding his future.

The All-Pro tight end was back at Gillette Stadium on Saturday — not working out with teammates, but taking part in a Supercross event.

Gronkowski has had an eventful offseason, reportedly lining up a movie role …

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… taking part in a dance battle with Shaquille O’Neal …

… and purchasing a stake in his namesake, a horse that is expected to run in the Kentucky Derby.

Saturday, Gronk was peppered with questions about his football future.

Last week, Gronkowski and Tom Brady were noticeably absent from New England’s voluntary workout program.

The tight end explained Saturday that he had something more important to do: He was “training for this dirt-biking.”

As great a football player as he is — and he’s likely going to the Hall of Fame — Gronk is proving equally adept at teasing his fans.

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Do you think Rob Gronkowski will be back with the Patriots in 2018?

The Athletic reports that Gronkowski’s base salary for next season is $8 million, with a chance for another million tied to incentives (including taking part in the team’s offseason workout program).

Many believe that Gronk’s uncertainty about playing is tied to complaints about being underpaid.

Threatening retirement may be an effective ploy, but putting his body in harm’s way riding a dirt bike probably won’t have Patriots management rushing to give him more money.

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Mike is an 11-time Michigan Emmy Award winner who has spent nearly 30 years working in sports media.
Mike has spent nearly 30 years in all aspects of sports media, including on-air, 10 at ESPN and another 10 at Fox Sports Detroit. He now works as a TV agent, and lives with his family in West Bloomfield, MI.
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