Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski Report for Patriots Minicamp Amid Contract Unrest

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistJune 5, 2018

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) and tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) celebrate a touchdown play, during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl 52 football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
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New England Patriots superstars Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski both reported to the team's mandatory minicamp Tuesday.

Albert Breer of The MMQB noted Pats head coach Bill Belichick confirmed full attendance for the latest stage of the offseason program. Speculation arose about Brady when he didn't immediately commit to play in 2018, while Gronkowski is engaged in contract talks with the front office.

"It's good to have all the players here," Belichick told reporters. "It's always good to work with all the players."

In April, Adam Schefter of ESPN reported Brady had not yet "committed to playing" next season, which caused a media firestorm. Although the quarterback never commented on the report, there was never any information to back up the idea of a potential retirement.

While his arrival for minicamp should put those thoughts to rest for good, his relationship with the franchise could still be a hot-button topic throughout the 2018 campaign.

"Many people don't feel fully appreciated at work and I am one of them," Brady told Jim Gray in late April (via NBC Sports Boston). "But they believe they get the best results at my place of employment when they make you feel wholly replaceable no matter what you've done. So I'm going to live with that."

Meanwhile, Jeff Howe of The Athletic reported last month Gronkowski and the Patriots have worked "toward a contract resolution" since the tight end confirmed he's going to play in 2018.

Brady and Gronkowski remain two of the most effective players at their respective positions, and there was never concrete evidence they wouldn't be with the Pats next season.

Barring injury, they'll be out there Week 1 with New England hosts the Houston Texans.

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