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Patriots offseason workout program starts today; 15 players to earn bonus money

For New England's players, the offseason ends today.

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With the Super Bowl more than two months in the past, the 2018 offseason will finally come to an end for the New England Patriots' players – at least for now: The team will kick off its first phase of workouts at Gillette Stadium today. As regulated by the collective bargaining agreement, the sessions that begin today will focus on strength and conditioning work.

Even though the workouts are voluntary, participation is once again expected to be solid and only a handful of players are expected to miss today's session. Among those who will not be in attendance today are the team's two biggest star players, though: Quarterback Tom Brady and tight end Rob Gronkowski will reportedly not join their teammates.

And while Brady, who is in Qatar as part of a charity event, will not have any financial ramifications because of his absence, Gronkowski might: The NFL's best tight end is one of 15 players who are in line to earn workouts bonuses in case they attend more than 90% of New England's voluntary workouts. The full list looks as follows (per the Boston Globe's Ben Volin):

WR Julian Edelman: $500,000

TE Rob Gronkowski: $250,000

WR Cordarrelle Patterson: $250,000

DT Lawrence Guy: $200,000

K Stephen Gostkowski: $100,000

SS Patrick Chung: $85,000

TE Troy Niklas: $75,000

WR Kenny Britt: $50,000

OT Marcus Cannon: $50,000

LB Marquis Flowers: $50,000

RB Jeremy Hill: $50,000

OT LaAdrian Waddle: $50,000

RB Brandon Bolden: $30,000

FB James Develin: $25,000

OT Matt Tobin: $25,000

As noted above, the workouts starting today are voluntary. The first day that players are mandated to be with the team is June 5, the start of the Patriots' minicamp.