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Four years, $4.44 million for Gronkowski

In 2010, teams and agents have haggled over the timing of the option bonus to be paid in 2011 to first-rounder and second-rounders.  If there’s a lockout, the player won’t see the option bonus, at least until the labor situation is resolved.  

The Pats and tight end Rob Gronkowski have found a way around the situation — he’s getting no option bonus.  But he’s still getting paid.

Instead, per a league source, Gronkowsi’s deal pays a signing bonus of $1.76 million and a one-time incentive based on minimum playing time in the amount of $830,000.

The contract includes minimum base salaries ($320,000 in 2010, $405,000 in 2011, $490,000 in 2012, and $575,00 in 2013).  The 2013 base salary is fully guaranteed for skill and injury.  Also, $255,000 of the 2012 salary is guaranteed.  (Once the one-time incentive is earned, the base salaries become non-guaranteed.)

In all, $2.59 million is guaranteed; the only question is whether it the $830,000 above and beyond the signing bonus comes from the one-timer or the guaranteed base salaries in 2012 and 2013.

The deal also includes $30,000 in workout bonuses for the last two years, triggered if the one-time incentive is earned.

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18 Responses to “Four years, $4.44 million for Gronkowski”
  1. LAbroncohol1c says: Jul 25, 2010 11:19 AM

    WOW HOW DO U THANK YOUR AGENT AFRER THAT

  2. BluntsWithBradyandBelichek says: Jul 25, 2010 11:23 AM

    Kids the next Witten , Beast Mode. Watched him play 2 seasons in Zona , kids got great hands , great blocker , not to mention he’s 6’6 265 lbs . Bradys got a new toy .

  3. BluntsWithBradyandBelichek says: Jul 25, 2010 11:25 AM

    Kids the next Witten , Beast Mode. Watched him play 2 seasons in Zona , kids got great hands , great blocker , not to mention he’s 6’6 265 lbs . Bradys got a new toy .

  4. Batman says: Jul 25, 2010 11:27 AM

    Marilyn Chambers can answer that better than I could

  5. tombrookshire says: Jul 25, 2010 11:29 AM

    Won’t be hard to outplay that contract if he is the starter. How can a guy sign anything for any less that $10 mil?

  6. onlymyopinionmatters says: Jul 25, 2010 11:30 AM

    kid got over on the Pats. Will be sitting at home on his sofa and stuffing his Cheetos hole and flipping through the remote claiming back injury by week 2

  7. GRpatriot says: Jul 25, 2010 11:47 AM

    @ onlymyopinionmatters
    Jet fan?

  8. Hawkeye says: Jul 25, 2010 12:06 PM

    onlymyopinionmatters really is a:
    atotaldouchbag

  9. se18a29 says: Jul 25, 2010 12:18 PM

    Batman says:
    July 25, 2010 11:27 AM
    Marilyn Chambers can answer that better than I could.
    She’s dead…

  10. se18a29 says: Jul 25, 2010 12:19 PM

    Batman says:
    July 25, 2010 11:27 AM
    Marilyn Chambers can answer that better than I could.
    She’s dead…

  11. JaggedMark says: Jul 25, 2010 12:24 PM

    In response to what Batman posted:
    Batman, Marilyn Chambers passed away last year.

  12. Mean and Nasty says: Jul 25, 2010 12:29 PM

    The next KYLE BRADY!! Enjoy the miserable ride, Pats “fans”

  13. Hitman22 says: Jul 25, 2010 12:36 PM

    from a dolphin fan I think the kid can be a stud IF his back issues stay under control, but I think it was a good gamble for sure

  14. Doctor Connors says: Jul 25, 2010 1:04 PM

    No mention of the Ravens win over the Patriots, OMOM? Also known as “the greatest win in NFL history” the way some people keep talking about it. I heard they’re building a monument to celebrate the win.
    Of course, the Ravens just got dusted the next week anyway, but who cares right?

  15. BernardPollardIsAnAss says: Jul 25, 2010 1:16 PM

    Well done. This guys = instant production.

  16. Batman says: Jul 25, 2010 3:01 PM

    Marilyn Chambers…I know she died. It was a joke to the question…”How do you thank your agent after that”
    This TE…I heard and hope his back injury was isolated. He said it was,…but back injuries scare me.

  17. CKL says: Jul 25, 2010 5:04 PM

    # Doctor Connors says: July 25, 2010 1:04 PM
    No mention of the Ravens win over the Patriots, OMOM? Also known as “the greatest win in NFL history” the way some people keep talking about it. I heard they’re building a monument to celebrate the win.
    Of course, the Ravens just got dusted the next week anyway, but who cares right?
    __________________________________
    Oh is THAT who he roots for? I thought Jets too but he does have that certain ravenfandouchiness that about 90% of them have on here.

  18. ampats says: Jul 25, 2010 7:53 PM

    OMOM is a Eagles fan.
    No Lombardis and no balls.
    Such is life in Arlen Spectordelphia. Another loser.

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