Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski still undecided if he'll play next season

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The Patriots begin their voluntary off-season conditioning program Monday and Rob Gronkowski will apparently not take part.

The Patriots restructured Gronkowski's contract before the 2017 season to add a number of incentives, which the tight end reached during that season. The Patriots star has a $250,000 workout bonus that's based on attending a "percentage" of the voluntary workouts.

Gronkowski's absence from the offseason program adds to his unusual offseason.

Although Gronkowski has yet to commit to returning, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported in February that he was expected to play in 2018. The Patriots quarterback now is in Qatar with Best Buddies International and is not set to return until Monday night.

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As Bill Belichick noted during Friday's press conference, some players have "other commitments" that will interfere with their participation at the beginning of the offseason program.

The source, however, indicated there has been communication with the Patriots and Gronkowski's camp recently.

Gronkowski turned in yet another strong year with the Patriots in 2017. It's possible he's simply thinking about moving on after eight seasons and plenty of injuries and surgeries.