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Source: Pats, Gronkowski do a new deal

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The Patriots apparently are giving tight end Rob Gronkowski a few million reasons to dance with his shirt off.

A league source tells PFT that the Patriots and Gronkowski have reached agreement on a contract that would replace the final two seasons of his rookie deal.  A second-round pick in 2010, Gronkowski is due to earn $540,000 in 2012 and $575,000 in 2013.

His agent, Drew Rosenhaus, denies that a deal has been reached.

Gronkowski, who slid to round two due to a back injury that wiped out his final season at Arizona, set single-season records for tight ends with 1,327 receiving yards and 17 receiving touchdowns. He added an 18th touchdown on a two-yard run.

As a rookie, Gronkowski scored 10 touchdowns and generated 546 receiving yards.

He continues to recover from a badly-sprained ankle suffered during the AFC title game.  Though Gronkowski was able to play in the Super Bowl, he has surgery within a week after the game.

Terms of the agreement aren’t known.  Under the pre-2011 CBA, rookie deals may be renegotiated after two years.  As of 2011, rookie contracts cannot be re-done until the player has three years of service.

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48 Responses to “Source: Pats, Gronkowski do a new deal”
  1. gregjenningsbrokenleg says: Jun 7, 2012 11:54 PM

    Best move of the offseason for the Pats. (including the draft)

  2. acdc363 says: Jun 7, 2012 11:55 PM

    This dude is the man. Whether rain or shine he knows how to have a good time.

  3. norcalmafia says: Jun 8, 2012 12:00 AM

    Tom Brady makes any player on that team good…If he went to any other team hed be mediocre.

  4. jwayne111 says: Jun 8, 2012 12:01 AM

    Good…would like to see Giants give V.Cruz some more money – he is due less than a mil. this year also.

  5. ascensionparish says: Jun 8, 2012 12:18 AM

    Jimmy Graham is smiling right now.

  6. Ghost Rat says: Jun 8, 2012 12:36 AM

    norcalmafia says:
    Jun 8, 2012 12:00 AM
    Tom Brady makes any player on that team good…If he went to any other team hed be mediocre.

    ————————————————

    Sorry norcal, but if you truly believe that, you haven’t been watching this stud.

  7. virusgvr says: Jun 8, 2012 12:42 AM

    Look at that… Ocho looses his job and this dude gets a raise. What a full day we have had here!!!

  8. armchairqb says: Jun 8, 2012 12:42 AM

    In spite of the bum ankle, eh? Hmmmm ….

  9. randallflagg52 says: Jun 8, 2012 12:53 AM

    Bernard Pollard is looking to finish the job he started with the Chiefs. Look out patriots, who’ll get hurt next time he plays you?

  10. patsfiend says: Jun 8, 2012 1:04 AM

    Kraft begat Belichick who begat Brady who begat Gronk who beeeeeGAT Bibi.

  11. txtuff says: Jun 8, 2012 1:17 AM

    Not a bad move for the Pats, but if I was them i would have waited another year.

  12. blue18hutthutt says: Jun 8, 2012 1:21 AM

    norcalmafia says:
    Jun 8, 2012 12:00 AM
    Tom Brady makes any player on that team good…If he went to any other team hed be mediocre.

    ———————————–

    So why didn’t he make All-Pro Chad Ochocinco look good?

    Was it all Brady when he gets 5 seconds to throw and his receivers get 10 YAC?

  13. youboettcha says: Jun 8, 2012 1:23 AM

    He has not completed 3 years in the league. How can he do a deal now? Somebody please explain this to me.

  14. thraiderskin says: Jun 8, 2012 1:34 AM

    got to be honest… favorite player in the NFL… Gronk “smash!”

  15. jerrysandusky1 says: Jun 8, 2012 2:10 AM

    This dude is a honorary member of my Las Vegas Crew: The Rari Boyz.

  16. dray2194 says: Jun 8, 2012 2:19 AM

    @ “Tom Brady makes any player on that team good…If he went to any other team hed be mediocre.”

    ——————————————————–

    You are referring to Tom Brady correct???

  17. texn4life says: Jun 8, 2012 2:42 AM

    jwayne111

    Cruz will see his money. Unfortunately I’m sure the Giants are going to make him back up his year like Arian Foster did last year. Foster played last year at a little over $500,00 a year after leading the league in rushing and yards from scrimmage. Both were Undrafted free agents who came on their second year. Pretty sure this will be used against Cruz come negotiating time. Foster’s professionalism might actually bite Cruz in the butt on this one.

  18. azheat says: Jun 8, 2012 2:53 AM

    norcalmafia -

    Tom Brady makes any player on that team good…If he went to any other team hed be mediocre.

    __________________________________

    How do you explain Chad Ochocinco getting cut…Just sayin’

  19. baroneski29 says: Jun 8, 2012 2:57 AM

    Coming from a Giants fan. Victor Cruz would be average without Eli, and Gronkowski would also be very average without Brady. Boom!!!!!!

  20. deadeye says: Jun 8, 2012 3:34 AM

    Gronk deserves his money. The dude scored 20 TDs (including playoffs) which is unheard of for a TE. Obviously playing with Brady helps quite a bit. But lots of WRs and TEs have played with Tom Terrific and not had anything close to Gronk’s productivity.

  21. eleventyeight says: Jun 8, 2012 5:04 AM

    He took his team to the NFL Championship and won, right?

    Right?

  22. chrisjohnston10 says: Jun 8, 2012 6:30 AM

    I wonder if Gronk will become the highest paid TE or if that will come after his rookie contract finishes.

  23. montanawonfour says: Jun 8, 2012 6:34 AM

    new england, once again, cheated when they picked gronkowski who should be with baltimore. the patriots ran out of time when they made their selection and the ravens, also needing a TE, turned their card in. then somehow new england was still able to pick before baltimore. same rules for every team, yeah, right….

  24. jrfrom508 says: Jun 8, 2012 6:45 AM

    BEEEEAAST locked up!!! Ocho Siete!!!! BEAST!!!

  25. bigwalt2990 says: Jun 8, 2012 6:47 AM

    So if they DID re-do the deal, it would violate the CBA, since Gronk’s only accrued two seasons. No wonder his agent is denying it.

  26. TheWizard says: Jun 8, 2012 6:48 AM

    Good deal. This will hopefully pave the way to keep him in Foxboro through the prime of his career.

  27. Josh says: Jun 8, 2012 6:54 AM

    Hating this guy is pointless. He is just a fun-loving goofball, and a hell of a football player. I look froward to rooting for him in a Pats jersey for the next ten years. I was just talking to a Redskins fan yesterday and we were reminiscing about that catch and run he had here last season. Such a beast. Man among boys.

  28. valentino8100 says: Jun 8, 2012 7:01 AM

    …wonder how Wes Welker is feeling right about now.

  29. patriotera says: Jun 8, 2012 7:15 AM

    If I ever win the lottery I’m going to hire the same doctor that fixed his back to fix mine.

  30. EJ says: Jun 8, 2012 7:16 AM

    Brady is so wired to that team, that everything, I mean everything is catered to his abilities. That is why every receiver and tight end succeed when playing with him. All they have to do is learn how to run crisp routes and the ball will be there. Brady is probably one of the most accurate QB’s out there, he makes everybody look better than they actually are, including Gronkowski.

  31. jtchernak says: Jun 8, 2012 7:28 AM

    Wait the patriots cheated to get gronk!? Wtf that is such a stupid thing to say smh

  32. 808raiderinparadise says: Jun 8, 2012 8:02 AM

    Ghost Rat says:
    Jun 8, 2012 12:36 AM
    norcalmafia says:
    Jun 8, 2012 12:00 AM
    Tom Brady makes any player on that team good…If he went to any other team hed be mediocre.

    ————————————————

    Sorry norcal, but if you truly believe that, you haven’t been watching this stud.

    ___________

    Right so a million teams would chase after Wes Welker? lmao. brady is a stud the scheme is the theme and bill is the will ….. patriot players are crap anywhere else. seymour is solid, but maybe its unfair, he is old. besides that patriots flop when they leave.

  33. sj39 says: Jun 8, 2012 8:11 AM

    Would the idiots complaining about the two years please start reading before commenting?:

    Terms of the agreement aren’t known. Under the pre-2011 CBA, rookie deals may be renegotiated after two years. As of 2011, rookie contracts cannot be re-done until the player has three years of service.

  34. bucthat says: Jun 8, 2012 8:29 AM

    Gronk is a one inch warrior

  35. fran021 says: Jun 8, 2012 8:57 AM

    armchairqb says: Jun 8, 2012 12:42 AM

    In spite of the bum ankle, eh? Hmmmm ….
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Okay,armchairqb, I give up. What is that supposed to mean?

  36. agcooney108 says: Jun 8, 2012 9:08 AM

    i truly hate facing this guy as jets fan, but love him at the same time. he’s going to be one of the greatest tight ends to ever play this game. pats, jets, bills and dolphins all making strides this year and i’m loving every second of it

  37. marcuswelby70 says: Jun 8, 2012 9:14 AM

    montanawonfour says:
    Jun 8, 2012 6:34 AM
    new england, once again, cheated when they picked gronkowski who should be with baltimore. the patriots ran out of time when they made their selection and the ravens, also needing a TE, turned their card in. then somehow new england was still able to pick before baltimore. same rules for every team, yeah, right….

    ________________________________

    What are you talking about???

  38. thetruth34 says: Jun 8, 2012 9:18 AM

    Or as the mayor of Boston would call them, Grady and Bronkowski.

  39. tedmurph says: Jun 8, 2012 9:19 AM

    @montanawon4:

    Not only is your conspiracy theory a laughable fantasy, but the ravens wouldn’t have taken him even if Gronk was there. He was off their draft board due to medical concerns. Look it up.

  40. tigerphins says: Jun 8, 2012 9:28 AM

    norcalmafia says:
    Jun 8, 2012 12:00 AM
    Tom Brady makes any player on that team good…If he went to any other team hed be mediocre.
    ————————————————-
    Even a Dolphin fan like myself recognizes how ridiculous your statement is. If Gronk went to any other team he’d be busy making their QB better, stoopid.

  41. fran021 says: Jun 8, 2012 9:29 AM

    Slight correction, tedmurph: Mumbles called him Grabowski.

  42. kanepft says: Jun 8, 2012 9:55 AM

    “Gronkowski would be mediocre on any other team”???

    The only way I can read statements like that is “I have never watched Rob Gronkowski play football.”

    He’s really a jaw-dropping player. Absurdly big and strong, with super soft hands and surprising speed, and lays out blocks that absolutely obliterate LBs. It’s as if a supervillain went into his underground lab to breed RoboTightEnd.

    (He’s also a total goofball, which is the one reason this extension would be a little surprising.)

  43. rc33 says: Jun 8, 2012 10:08 AM

    Bernard Pollard is looking to finish the job he started with the Chiefs. Look out patriots, who’ll get hurt next time he plays you?
    ————————————–

    I predict it’ll be Ozzie Newsome, who was dumb enough to sign this clown to a long-term deal. Pollard flashes early with every team he’s on, talks a lot of trash and idiot fan bases buy into it.
    But soon enough everyone will see.
    Dude can’t cover a fence post. He’ll be exposed like the pass coverage liability he is soon enough….and Ozzie will be wondering what on Earth he was thinking.

    sincerely,
    Texans fans

  44. tomeffnbrady says: Jun 8, 2012 10:14 AM

    808raiderinparadise says: Jun 8, 2012 8:02 AM
    Right so a million teams would chase after Wes Welker? lmao. brady is a stud the scheme is the theme and bill is the will ….. patriot players are crap anywhere else. seymour is solid, but maybe its unfair, he is old. besides that patriots flop when they leave

    ——————-

    whew, im glad we dont have any good players then. if we did we’d prob win the AFC consistently and have the best record in league for the last 10 years….. o wait…

  45. CKL says: Jun 8, 2012 10:50 AM

    @ valentino,

    I would hope (if this is true about the contract) that WW is feeling happy for his teammate. They are two different players at two different points in their careers. And Gronk wasn’t making 9 mill guaranteed. I love them both and I’m sure neither begrudges the other anything. You may have a point in a couple years if you’re talking about AHern though. Even though he is also different as a player from Gronk, he’s the same position and close in age.

  46. losercubfan98 says: Jun 8, 2012 11:00 AM

    Not a patriots fan one bit, but the gronk is the man. That dude knows how to get down

  47. weepingjebus says: Jun 8, 2012 11:05 AM

    I was at that Redskins game where he dragged two would-be tacklers 15 yards and then shed them like dirty laundry in order to take off down the sideline. It honestly looked like he had missed a whistle or something, everyone else on both teams thought the play was finished 5 seconds earlier.

  48. scalfor3 says: Jun 8, 2012 11:11 AM

    gronk is gonna break the bank when he gets a long-term deal. dude has the potential to be a top 5 all time TE if he stays healthy

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