Could Gronk be posturing for a new contract?

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When throwing a dart during Super Bowl LII regarding the possibility of Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski retiring after the game, it was couched as a 99-percent wild guess. The one-percent came from three different things that has been heard on the Minnesota grapevine in the days preceding the game.

First, Gronkowski never had been hit in the head the way he’d been hit by Jaguars safety Barry Church during the AFC title game. Second, it took him a while to pass the tests necessary to get clearance to play. Third, one or more family members have been pushing him to hang it up.

Gronk definitely doesn’t need the money; he still hasn’t spent a dime that he has made playing football, living instead off of his marketing revenue. Maybe his willingness to keep playing ultimately hinges on how much more money the Patriots are willing to pay.

In 2017, the team gave him a $5.5 million incentive package, and he earned every penny of it, pushing his total compensation for the year to $10 million. For 2018, he’s due to make $8.25 million — but the $5.5 million in extra pay from 2017 will push his cap number over $16 million.

He’d owe nothing to the team if he retires, since he has earned the full amount of his signing bonus. The question becomes whether he’s willing to keep putting himself in harm’s way for another $8 million gross, and whether there’s a number above $8 million that: (1) the Patriots would be willing to pay; and (2) would entice him to stay.

Gronk surely has more money saved than he could ever spend. Given his persona, he could make plenty of additional money just being Gronk. The real question may be how much additional money he would need to continue to take the kind of pounding that has resulted in more surgeries than Cavity Sam and, most recently, a concussion that may cause him to take head injuries far more seriously than he did during a 2017 appearance on PFT Live.

21 responses to “Could Gronk be posturing for a new contract?

  1. Hard for players to turn away from the money, especially when it also comes with an excellent chance to be Super Bowl champs. Not very many that have that double opportunity. His frugality gives him more options at this point of his career than most players have – that’s the real lesson here.

  2. Maybe the great Belichick should trade him for a bag of chips like he did Chandler Jones. Too bad he made a stupid move of trading the NFL sack leader because they could had used him last night.

  3. Could Gronk just have been so busy dealing with his emotions after a tough loss that anything to do with his contract at that moment should just be taken with a grain of salt?

  4. He could easily outspend what he has earned. Living off his marketing money means he’s still burning through millions. He’d need $50 million saved to likely live close to what he’s spending now, and not run out of money. After taxes, agent fees, etc, who knows if he’s saved that much.

    Don’t kid yourself. Gronk being Gronk is an expensive way to live.

  5. It’s always smart to start whining about a new contract the day after you blow the Superbowl. Guy is a stable genius.

  6. Gronk takes a beating because he’s a big target and he’s a monster in the middle of the field. Also he’s a great blocker so he’s banging on almost every play.

    Smart guy who’s saved his money and will continue to earn money off the field. Gronk has had 9 surgeries since college. Would not blame him if he retires.

  7. takeyourpunishmentandquitwhininglikeababy says:
    February 5, 2018 at 7:49 am
    It’s always smart to start whining about a new contract the day after you blow the Superbowl. Guy is a stable genius.
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    Where has he said it? Nowhere. Just the media pondering in the absence of facts.

  8. dirtdawg53 says:
    February 5, 2018 at 7:40 am
    He could easily outspend what he has earned. Living off his marketing money means he’s still burning through millions. He’d need $50 million saved to likely live close to what he’s spending now, and not run out of money. After taxes, agent fees, etc, who knows if he’s saved that much.

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    Compound interest, my friend. He would never have to worry about money again if he didn’t want to.

  9. I bet he’s already got CTE. And that’s not counting the rest of his body.

    Get out, Gronk. You have the money.

  10. dirtdawg53 says:

    He could easily outspend what he has earned. Living off his marketing money means he’s still burning through millions. He’d need $50 million saved to likely live close to what he’s spending now, and not run out of money. After taxes, agent fees, etc, who knows if he’s saved that much.

    I disagree with your assertions. As of 2015 it was reported his career endorsement income was ~$3.5M. Since his rookie year was 2010 that means in six years he has made ~$3.5M and lived off that income. That averages to less than $600k per year even if he spent all of it. He’s not going to blow $50M the rest of his life given how frugal he is.

  11. I would not be surprised if he’s sincere about retiring and not posturing for more money. What else does he have to prove? I get the feeling he’s more concerned about quality of life after football. He’s still going to get endorsements that he can probably live off. I believe his final decision will come down to his health, not money. The way he responded to a question about it (as reported by NBC last night) is he’s seriously considering it. Frankly, I’ll be surprised if he does come back. I think he enjoys life too much to have it affected by another injury.

    I don’t make nearly as much money as Gronk but I still take a three-week or longer vacation every year somewhere far away. In 2015 I went to Australia for a month. That cost me about $10k which is a drop in the bucket for Gronk. He could afford to do that the entire year just from his endorsement money. I’ll be surprised if he plays another down.

  12. I would not hold it against Robby G if he wanted to walk away. Hell, they treat the guy like a human pinata. The hits this big dummy takes week after week isn’t really worth it. Having said that, he is a monster and one hell of a match-up problem for opponents. Keep the brain cells you have Gronk. Take your talents to the broadcast booth. I’d love to hear Rob give color commentary during games.

  13. Gronk doesn’t seem the type to posture for anything. Nothing phony about him. IMO this is about his long term health and not about money.

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