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Patriots, Rob Gronkowski Agree on Contract Extention

Rob Gronkowski (Image from ESPN.com)

“The Patriots never pay anybody, ever!”

Not true.

On Friday, the Patriots agreed to a six-year, $54 million contract extension with the best tight end in football, Rob Gronkowski, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Analysis

Gronk, 23, was owed $570,000 this year and $670,000 next year over the final two years of his rookie deal. Then, he would have been able to qualify for the tight end franchise tender, which this year is worth around $5.446 million. If he played it year-to-year, Gronk would have been eligible to hit the open market in March 2016.

The Patriots’ offer gives Gronk more money up front ($18 million through the first four years, including an $8 million signing bonus that helps beef up his “small” salary over the last two years of his rookie contract).

Then, in March 2016, the team can pick up a $10 million option on Gronk, triggering the final four years of the deal.

Last season, Gronk had the best season in the history of the NFL for a tight end, finishing with 90 catches for an NFL-record 1,327 yards and an NFL-record 17 touchdowns.

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