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Tom Brady first to report for Patriots’ offseason workouts

Tom Brady has barely finished celebrating the Patriots’ Super Bowl victory and already is back working out for the 2015 season.John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

Tom Brady often leads the Patriots’ charge out of the tunnel before games. Monday, he led the charge into the 2015 season.

A league source confirmed that Brady was the first player in the building Monday morning as the Patriots officially returned to Gillette Stadium for the start of the voluntary offseason program. Various players have been working out at Gillette throughout the offseason, but Monday was the first time the players were allowed to work out with the team’s training staff.

The Patriots’ offseason program will commence in three stages over nine weeks.

In Stage 1, which takes place the first two weeks, the players only are allowed to do conditioning drills with the training staff, and are not supposed to get instruction from the coaching staff.


In Stage 2, which begins May 4 and lasts three weeks, players can work with their coaches on an individual and team basis, but there is no live contact and no full-team drills.

And in Stage 3, which begins May 19 and lasts four weeks, teams can conduct 10 “organized team activities” and three days of minicamp, which include 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills but no live contact. The Patriots’ OTA dates are: May 26, May 28-29, June 1, June 3-4, June 8-9, and June 11-12.

The offseason program is voluntary except for the minicamp, to be held June 16-18, and players can be fined up to $60,000 for skipping the three-day event. Players are paid $195 per day for offseason workouts, although 16 players have workout bonuses in their contract.

Rob Gronkowski and Jerod Mayo have the highest workout bonuses on the team at $250,000. Defensive end Rob Ninkovich and new cornerback Bradley Fletcher each have a $100,000 workout bonus, while a dozen players have a bonus between $6,000 and $50,000.

In the NFL, 90 percent participation in offseason workouts is considered 100 percent participation. Injured players such as Mayo, who is rehabbing a knee injury, just have to perform their rehab work at Gillette with the Patriots’ training staff to get credit for participating in the program.


Mayo will be joined on the sideline this spring by linebacker Dont’a Hightower (shoulder), right tackle Sebastian Vollmer (shoulder), guard Ryan Wendell (shoulder), and defensive tackle Chris Jones (calf), among others.

Monday was also the first day of the 2015 season that players could be randomly tested for substances of abuse under the NFL’s drug policies in the collective bargaining agreement. Players who are not in the NFL’s drug program are randomly tested once a year between April and August, although most of the tests occur at the beginning of training camp in July. Players are randomly tested for performance enhancing drugs year-round.

Ben Volin can be reached at ben.volin@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @BenVolin.