Bedard: Other teams haven’t given up hope Gronkowski becomes available

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As we inch closer to the start of Patriots training camp on July 26, there are still a bunch of loose ends with the club, including the relationship between Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, and whether or not any contract extensions will be reached anytime soon (Brady, Shaq Mason, Trey Flowers).

One of the biggest unanswered questions — at least in league circles — is the status of Rob Gronkowski. The Patriots looked into trading the tight end prior to the draft, stood down once Gronkowski told Belichick that, despite his tasteless press conference on Patriots soil, Gronkowski was all in for 2018, and there were reports (in May, mind you) that a tweak of Gronkowski's contract was near.

Yet when the Patriots start training camp, teams around the league will be keeping track of Gronkowski's situation because they still think he could be made available at some point. One move or non-move will the indicator.