Gronk says he never considered holding out from training camp to get upgraded contract

John Tlumacki | Boston Globe

Back to work.

The New England Patriots held their first session of training camp yesterday. Fans, reporters and players alike, all got back into the swing of things as the first practice was held.

Speaking to the media afterwards, Rob Gronkowski revealed that he never considered holding out from training camp to get an upgraded contract that he had hoped for back in June.

“No, it hasn’t even come close to considering that. Not even one bit,” the tight end relayed to reporters. “What I can do though, is keep preparing, keep showing up every day, keep doing what I’ve got to do to get better.”

Gronkowski’s contract has two years remaining, while he is set to earn a base salary of $8 million this year. In 2017, New England added incentives to sweeten his contract – something that Gronk has mentioned he hoped they do again.

While his contract may not be exactly what he wants at the moment, Gronkowski seems to be in the right mindset for training camp and the 2018 NFL year.

Notable holdouts around the league include Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald, Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas and Oakland Raiders defensive end Khalil Mack. Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell hasn’t reported to training camp after receiving the franchise tag.

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