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In hindsight, Gronkowski made smart move

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Rarely is Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski called wise.  In hindsight, he made a very shrewd move last year.

With only two years of NFL service and still two years away from free agency (or, possibly, the franchise tag), Gronkowski accepted an offer from the Pats that he couldn’t have refused.  With the start of his 2013 season reportedly in doubt, he was wise to cash in his chips when he did.

Specifically, Gronkowski traded two years and $1.23 million for a four-year, $18 million deal.  He’ll either become an unrestricted free agent in 2016, or he’ll get another $10 million from his current team.

That $10 million doesn’t look to be as much of a sure thing as it was 10 months ago, when Gronkowski signed the contract.  A twice-broken forearm, a lingering infection, and a growing reputation for doing not-so-wise things could prompt the Pats to, at a minimum, try to get him to take less to stick around.

Regardless, if Gronkowski hadn’t done the long-term deal last year, his value would be dropping as he prepares for the last year of his rookie contract.

And while some would say that Gronkowski would perhaps be in better overall condition if he were still chasing a payday, it’s hard to avoid breaking an arm twice — and an infection that quite possibly occurred during surgery.

So, yes, Gronkowski was smart last year when he accepted the offer.  Even if on multiple other occasions he hasn’t necessarily done smart things.

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33 Responses to “In hindsight, Gronkowski made smart move”
  1. benh999 says: Apr 8, 2013 9:49 AM

    I don’t think trying harder while chasing a big payday results in fewer in-game injuries. Nice try though.

  2. mazblast says: Apr 8, 2013 9:49 AM

    Are you (or someone) trying to say that the infection in his arm is somehow caused by his hard-partying lifestyle?

    If so, wow, that’s a reach.

  3. kingmj4891 says: Apr 8, 2013 9:53 AM

    To sum up Rob Gronkowski all you have to think about is how he celebrated losing the Super Bowl. Immature person with talent but now has health issues, these guys are a dime a dozen in the NFL.

  4. waxthat says: Apr 8, 2013 9:59 AM

    Gronkowski or his agent?

  5. terripet says: Apr 8, 2013 10:00 AM

    Kraft will get fed up with him and trade him

  6. Sackville Rc says: Apr 8, 2013 10:03 AM

    Gronk on baby.

  7. fm31970 says: Apr 8, 2013 10:03 AM

    Hard to blame him for being in the game when his arm wasn’t fully healed and broke a second time. That one is on team doctors and the coaching staff.

  8. rodeoclown11 says: Apr 8, 2013 10:05 AM

    Mike, please stick to lawyering. To say gronks infection occurred during surgery is presumptive and misleading at best. Anytime you get an implant or hardware u are at risk for infection.

  9. dohpey28 says: Apr 8, 2013 10:06 AM

    I think Flacco is the exception to the rule. The rule being that if someone offers you multiple years at many millions, as a football player, take it. The risk is way too great to walk away from the money.

  10. ravenator says: Apr 8, 2013 10:06 AM

    Gronk and the word smart used in the same sentence – never thought I’d see the day

  11. ronaldmexico7 says: Apr 8, 2013 10:11 AM

    Needs to drink his milk instead of wrestling dudes or letting porn stars sport his jersey.

  12. sschmiggles says: Apr 8, 2013 10:12 AM

    That was a good deal for the Pats. 4 years 18m isn’t bad for an elite playmaker. Get healthy Gronk

  13. whitdog23 says: Apr 8, 2013 10:14 AM

    you failed to point out how much cash is guranteed. nfl contracts are not guaranteed…so the figures you gave are worthless to telling the story properly

  14. qdog112 says: Apr 8, 2013 10:17 AM

    What – did he decide to come out? Seriously, have you ever seen a video with him dancing with someone of the opposite sex? Men who dance with men are…

  15. xxwhodatxx says: Apr 8, 2013 10:23 AM

    Doesn’t matter how much talent you have if you’re unable to get on the field.

  16. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Apr 8, 2013 10:24 AM

    Someone needs to tell him that all the partying and drinking makes the antibiotics less effective and DOES hamper his recovery. Especially since the infection seems to be the issue. Put down the beer and let it heal!

  17. dscol715 says: Apr 8, 2013 10:31 AM

    Ridiculous. Does anybody seriously think his career is in danger because of an arm injury? Has anyone ever had their career end because of a bad arm or an infection? If you had a draft of all non-qb skill position players is there anyone besides Calvin Johnson you would consider taking ahead of him considering his age and ability? To say his value as a free agent would have been impacted by this is stupid.

  18. redrew says: Apr 8, 2013 10:31 AM

    “What – did he decide to come out? Seriously, have you ever seen a video with him dancing with someone of the opposite sex? Men who dance with men are…”

    Dude, the Gronk was tapping porn stars last year…….he’s a hero

  19. metalhead65 says: Apr 8, 2013 10:39 AM

    not a pats fan but I fail to see what he has done off the field that you experts here at pft give him grief over. he has done nothing any red blooded young guy hasn’t done or wants to do except he has money to do it with. let me know when he gets busted for drugs.DUI,beating his woman. having multiple kids by different women or any other illegal or immoral stuff. but partying without his shirt on is nothing to get upset about.

  20. nfloracle says: Apr 8, 2013 10:59 AM

    “To say gronks infection occurred during surgery is presumptive and misleading at best. Anytime you get an implant or hardware u are at risk for infection.”

    Dude, you just totally proved Florio’s point by contradicting yourself. You better stick to doctoring and surgery instead of logical thinking!

  21. habsfanatic says: Apr 8, 2013 11:03 AM

    Um, Gronk has 39 TDs in 43 career games… he’s not going anywhere.

  22. thenew013 says: Apr 8, 2013 11:27 AM

    good move Gronk. I hope u get healthy and can have yet another amazing season so you get everything that contract says it owes you.

  23. ballersgonnaball says: Apr 8, 2013 11:48 AM

    Gronk, his dad, and brothers were partying at Lemon Bar all day yesterday in Jacksonville. Doesn’t he have some sort of infection?

  24. tedmurph says: Apr 8, 2013 12:32 PM

    I think people are jumping the gun a little on Gronk. First nobody knows yet if the cycle of antibiotics has solved the problem. Secondly, even if it hasn’t yet, he only needs a 10 wk recovery period after the plate is finally replaced. The 1rst game is 5 months(over 40 wks) away.

    On his contract, I still think the Pats got a good deal and Gronk left some money on the table in exchange for security. If Gronk played out his rookie contract and hit the market after this yr, he would still command huge bucks, unless this yr is a total washout.

    I still think his antics, which are a little immature, are just a young, rich, famous guy having a little harmless fun. As long as he doesn’t hurt anyone, including himself, or embarrass Kraft’s brand, have at it.

  25. ampats says: Apr 8, 2013 12:42 PM

    Funny all these comments when the report could be in question? Plagerist Ron Borges continues to grind his ax as BB continues to treat that reporter like gum on the bottom of his shoe.

    Its April 8th and training camp is 12 weeks away. I remember back in 2008 when reporters were saying that Brady had an infection and may never walk again.

    How did that work out?

  26. patsfan13 says: Apr 8, 2013 12:45 PM

    Gronk doesn’t have to be personally very smart, although I suspect he is smarter than he projects. It appears he has people around him to to care of the important stuff, financial etc. He is a young man, so let him have a good time before he settles down. As far as the infection, it happens sometimes after surgery. Deal with it.

  27. tedmurph says: Apr 8, 2013 12:46 PM

    Sorry, over 20 wks til opening day

  28. patriotinvasion says: Apr 8, 2013 1:07 PM

    Gronk’s playoff injuries the past 2 years are the only 2 things that have kept the Pats from back to back titles.

    They beat the Giants in that Super Bowl with Gronk at 100% and likely take care of BMore and SF last year with him (and Talib) not on the sidelines.

  29. hooterdawg says: Apr 8, 2013 1:20 PM

    Gronk’s agent knows his lifestyle better than most, and was smart enough to get a payday out of Gronk before his act wears thin in the NFL. His next injury might be even more major: his back issues from college.

  30. CKL says: Apr 8, 2013 1:51 PM

    fm31970 says:
    Apr 8, 2013 10:03 AM
    Hard to blame him for being in the game when his arm wasn’t fully healed and broke a second time. That one is on team doctors and the coaching staff.
    ______________________________
    Thanks doc. Where did you go to medical school and when did you examine Gronk?

    I’ve always thought it was weird that guys consider fooling around with a porn star to be a good thing. Yeesh.

  31. marima07 says: Apr 8, 2013 4:00 PM

    ampats, you’re absolutely right on with the Brady comparison:
    “I remember back in 2008 when reporters were saying that Brady had an infection and may never walk again.”

    Mark Schlereth worked himself into such a tizzy over Brady’s infection that he actually brought up amputation as one of the possible courses of action.

  32. damnyankee13 says: Apr 8, 2013 10:18 PM

    Patssie fans are always full of excuses as to wht they lose. As to Gronk, yes he’s young, yes he has a right to partyy, but, he took the money He has a commitment to the patsie to not injure himself. True, that arm injuries are not career threatening[generally] and infections aren t either,, tho he got all his injuries, i believe, off the field , they affected his ‘work’ performance thus injuring the team.

  33. rushmatic says: Apr 9, 2013 7:30 PM

    damnyankee13 says:

    Patssie fans are always full of excuses as to wht they lose. As to Gronk, yes he’s young, yes he has a right to partyy, but, he took the money He has a commitment to the patsie to not injure himself. True, that arm injuries are not career threatening[generally] and infections aren t either,, tho he got all his injuries, i believe, off the field , they affected his ‘work’ performance thus injuring the team.

    _______________

    You believe wrong. Further, you believe wrong on almost every count in this rambling, almost unreadable comment which looks to have 15 commas and two periods.

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