Pats, Gronkowski agree to six-year extension
01:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time on Saturday, June 9, 2012
By PAUL KENYON
Journal Sports Writer
It turns out that Rob Gronkowski is not a totally wild and crazy guy after all. He does have a conservative side.
The Patriots’ tight end showed Friday that when it comes to money he is willing to take the safe road and put it in hand now, rather than gamble and try to make an even bigger score later in his career.
Gronkowski and the Patriots agreed to a somewhat unusual contract, one that will keep the talented and outgoing player in Foxboro through 2019. According to numerous NFL sources, the deal is a six-year extension that could pay Gronkowski $54 million.
As someone many view as the best tight end in football, the numbers seem relatively modest. If Gronkowski, 23, played out the next two seasons under his rookie contract, he would have made just over $500,000 this coming season and $700,000 in 2013. He then would have had the right to become a free agent where, assuming he continues playing the way he has been, he would figure to command monster money.
That assumes, though, that all goes well. As it is, Gronkowski has had injury problems. A sprained left ankle left him hobbled for the Super Bowl in February and he still has not been able to get back on the field. Gronkowski also had back issues that limited his playing time at the University of Arizona and was a key factor in his fall to the second round of the 2010 draft.
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