The New England Patriots are working on “tweaking” tight end Rob Gronkowski’s contract, the Boston Herald’s Karen Guregian reports.
Gronkowski had been unsure of his desire to continue playing after the Super Bowl and was contemplating retirement. But he and his agent met with Patriots head coach Bill Belichick a couple weeks ago to declare his commitment to play for the Patriots in 2018. This move to tweak his deal could be the Patriots’ way of thanking him for that decision.
The Patriots made a similar move last May to add $5.5 million in incentives to his deal for 2017. He ended up making $10.19 million overall.
Gronk is scheduled to make $8 million in base salary for the upcoming season. But even though he’s easily the second-highest paid tight end in the entire league, his eight-year, $54 million contract has still proven to be a massive bargain given the incredible impact he’s had on the team throughout the years.
Gronkowski is coming off another terrific season in 2017 as he finished with 69 catches for 1,084 yards and eight touchdowns in 14 games. He remained relatively throughout the season and has been focusing on getting more pliable this offseason with Tom Brady’s body guru Alex Guerrero.
Gronkowski will likely remain one of Brady’s top receiving targets heading into the new season. While Brandin Cooks and Danny Amendola left in free agency, Julian Edelman is set to return to join the likes of Gronk, Chris Hogan, Jordan Matthews, and Malcolm Mitchell as part of a relatively deep Patriots receiving corps.