He was absent from last week's proceedings, a move designed to preserve him for the regular season.
There's no reason to risk Gronkowski's long-term health by overworking him at OTAs, so we're guessing he'll have a pretty light workload this week.
The deal contains $13.17 million guaranteed, including an $8 million signing bonus. Gronkowski is eligible for annual $250,000 workout bonuses in the 2014-2019 offseasons.
2016: $2.25 million (+ $10 million option bonus due 2/28 + $500,000 in per-game roster bonuses), 2017: $4.25 million (+ $500,000 in per-game roster bonuses), 2018: $8 million (+ $750,000 in per-game roster bonuses), 2019: $9 million (+ $750,000 in per-game roster bonuses), 2020: Free Agent Just Gronk being Gronk.
Quipped Volin, "(Gronkowski) has been absolutely dominant at practice, to the point that we hope it doesn’t ruin the confidence of Patrick Chung or Jordan Richards, the poor saps who have been forced to cover him." This is to be expected, of course.
Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports said no deal is imminent.
There's not much urgency to get a deal done with Gronkowski under contract through 2019, though it wouldn't be a bad idea for the Pats to keep their superstar tight end happy by giving him a raise.
It had previously been reported that Gronk was sidelined solely for keeping-fresh purposes.
The issue clearly wasn't a big deal — Gronk was back at practice on Monday — but anything injury related is noteworthy for a player with Gronk's history.
Squarely in his prime at age 27, Gronkowski enters the 2016 season with 29 touchdowns over his last 35 games.
Gronk was held out of OTAs because of an undisclosed issue, and now we know what that issue was.
Russini reports Gronk is "finally feeling great" and is "ready to go." He is still easily the No. Gronkowski is head and shoulders above the NFL's other tight ends but isn't paid like it.
His agents Drew and Jason Rosenhaus attended Sunday's practice at Gillette Stadium and were seen chatting with Bill Belichick, who is New England's de facto GM in addition to his head coaching duties.