New England Patriots Agree To New Contract With Tight End Rob Gronkowski
The New England Patriots and tight end Rob Gronkowski have come to an agreement on a contract restructure. This is according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter who reported the deal via information given to him from Gronk’s agency Drew Rosenhaus.
The restructuring makes Gronkowski the highest paid tight end in the NFL and gives him the ability to raise his salary from $5.25 million to $10.75 million. Shefter laid out how the contract is setup and how the Patriots are protected if Gronk goes down with an injury.
1st tier, which gets him to $10.75M either 90 percent play time or 80 catches or 1200 receiving yards or All Pro — and he’s made all pro four times.
2nd tier to $8.75M: he has to get 80 percent play time or 70 catches or 1000 receiving yards or 12 Tds.
3rd tier takes him to $6.75M is 70 percent playtime, 60 receptions, 800 receiving yards or 10 TDs.
For reference, Gronkowski’s playing time percentages last three years: 31.5% in 2016; 84.2% in 2015; 70.3% in 2014. This is the kind of deal that provides Gronk with an incentive to being healthy, and if he is injured the Patriots are protected. Everything Gronk makes is going to be something he earns, which is a win-win for all sides.
Funny enough many will report Gronk’s new salary number at $10.75M, but in reality it is a range and the $10.75M number is the most it can be, by no means will he be guaranteed that money unless he hits the tier 1 requirements.