Schefter added that the former Arizona student has had "good communication" with the franchise over the last couple of months but it remains to be seen whether he will extend his stay in New England.
This year, on top of a base salary of $8 million, the 28-year-old has a $250,000 workout bonus, which normally requires him to participate in the majority of training sessions during the off-season. There is, however, some financial incentive for Gronkowski to show up. He's now on a "business trip" in Qatar, according to Schefter.
It is not yet known how much of the program Gronkowski will miss.
During the team's annual pre-draft press conference Friday, Patriots coach Bill Belichick made mention that while he expected heavy attendance, there were some players who had "other commitments". There yet to be any clear indication of whether Gronkowski will return to action for the 2018 campaign. He was also a force in the playoffs, catching three scores in three games.
Naturally, with reports of a growing strain in the relationship between Belichick and his two stars, Brady and Gronkowski, there will be a keen eye kept on their absence, and how long they remain away.
Gronkowski is under contract with the Patriots through 2019. He is mulling retirement, and is unsure if he'll play in 2018.