Patriots’ offseason beginning with real Gronkowski red flag

Patriots’ offseason beginning with real Gronkowski red flag

The biggest question of the Patriots’ offseason won’t be answered once the team’s programs start up.

Rob Gronkowski will not be in attendance for the voluntary offseason workouts that begin Monday, ESPN reported Sunday, as the star tight end who couldn’t commit to returning next season still has not confirmed his plans.

ESPN reported the 28-year-old is undecided on playing this season and has had “good communication” with the team.

There have been clouds around Gronkowski since his stunning Super Bowl postgame interview, in which he said he would “see where I’m at” before deciding whether to play another season. He played in the Super Bowl just after being cleared from the concussion protocol, and reports have indicated since that he has had a troubling relationship with coach Bill Belichick.

The Boston Herald recently reported Belichick chewed out Gronkowski last season for being a client of Alex Guerrero’s, Tom Brady’s controversial trainer.

Brady also will not be at the start of the team’s workout program, as he will be in Qatar for an event for his charitable.

Gronkowski reportedly has felt constricted in the tight Patriots ship, and it was curious that he wished Danny Amendola, heading to Miami, best wishes by saying on Instagram, “Be FREE, Be HAPPY.”

Amendola offered a small window into the Patriots’ system, telling ESPN Belichick can be an “a–hole” (but one who knows how to win).

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