As We All Suspected: Brady and Gronkowski Spotted at Gillette

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Albert Breer, NFL Expert from MMQB and SI casually dropped the line that Brady was back in the building. No big deal. Just throwing it into an article that is headlined by the Dolphins. Just sneaking it in there Bert. Breer does give a lot of great information about Adam Gase and the Dolphins, a team Breer always has the pulse of.

 

The meat of the matter is that both Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski were spotted at Gillette today and that both of them will be participating in the mandatory camp that begins this week. I believe there was a lot of unnecessary panic driven by the Boston media all off-season leading up to this point. This is not to say that both of these guys missing voluntary workouts is not a big deal, however, I think it is much better than a full-blown holdout. Having the quarterback that is considered to be possibly the greatest player of all-time not showing up for voluntary workouts is a bad look. It’s also a bad look when the owner of the team is making excuses for him not being there. This is the final version of Tom Brady. He never missed these optional training camps before. He made it a point to earn everything and participate for, what we were told, was the benefit of the team. Now, after a soul-crushing loss in the Super Bowl, Brady is delaying work on getting this season going and trying to chase another Lombardi Trophy. Could it be that Brady is finally deciding to rest on his laurels? How is Coach Belichick going to treat Brady upon his return to practice? As Breer mentions, is this just the beginning of the public friction between these parties?

 

The man who could quite possibly be a top-five all-time tight end Rob Gronkowski, in my opinion, had a worse off-season than Tom Brady. Gronkowski had the circus of the WWE and retirement surrounding him right after the Super Bowl ended. He spoke about contemplating retirement during his post-game interview after Belichick blew the game. He did nothing to stop the WWE speculation, he let it build, and used social media to perpetuate the unknown and add more fuel to the fire. Gronkowski reached the apex of his disrespect after his bizarre Monster Energy Press Conference where he, for lack of better terms, spit on the flying Elvis and everything the public was lead to believe it stood for.

 

The clock is ticking for the Patriots. Hopefully everyone involved: Kraft, Belichick, Brady, and Gronkowski all realize that they’re on borrowed time and do their best to not sabotage any further chances they may have at winning another championship. This tension could very well mean that we have seen the combination of Brady and Belichick in the Super Bowl together for the last time. If that ends up being what history decides, then the Malcolm Butler decision will linger with their legacies.

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