The New England Patriots usually have very good attendance when it comes to voluntary offseason workouts. This year, however, has been a bit different as two of the team’s biggest stars decided not to show up so far: Quarterback Tom Brady and tight end Rob Gronkowski both have not joined their teammates since the Super Bowl.
While there has been little word on Gronkowski just yet (more on that in a second), Brady will remain absent as first reported by The Athletic Boston's Jeff Howe:
Tom Brady will not attend OTAs today, per source.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport followed up this report with one of his own:
At this point, it’s not clear if #Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski will show for OTAs, as his contract is still an issue. But one source said the expectation is that Tom Brady and Gronk will be there for minicamp in June when it’s mandatory.
Pro Football Talk added to Rapoport's reporting about New England's tight end:
Per source, Rob Gronkowski may not be at OTAs today, but he will be there at some point.
The third phase of offseason workouts, organized team activities (OTAs), is still voluntary. The absences of Brady and Gronkowski no matter how long they will continue to be are therefore not really that big of a deal even though both players were regularly present for the sessions in the past. Still, the latest reports are little cause for concern as long as the two players return once mandatory minicamp opens on June 5.