Gronkowski’s status hovers over the Patriots

AP

Tight end Rob Gronkowski gave the Patriots (and everyone else) a surprise after Super Bowl LII, when he declined to commit to playing in 2018. His “I don’t know how you heard about that” reaction to questions about his rumored retirement became the clearest indication that something is up.

And something definitely is up. Based on the rumblings that had caused me to throw a dart during Super Bowl LII about a possible post-game retirement from Gronk, I believe he would have retired if the Patriots had won the Super Bowl. The loss complicated the situation, causing him at a minimum to delay implementation by a few weeks at a minimum — possibly by a full year, or more.

We’ve raised the possibility that Gronkowski is musing about retiring in order to get a new contract. Tom Curran of NBC Sports Boston believes that it’s all a leverage play from Gronk; Curran shared his views during a somewhat spirited two-segment appearance on PFT Live. (The full content of every show is available as a podcast.)

That may indeed be the case. Curran pointed out that Gronkowski loves football too much to quit. Still, that hit he absorbed from Jaguars safety Barry Church may have changed Gronkowski’s views on the matter, especially in light of the many surgeries he’s undergone throughout his college and pro career. At some point, enough will indeed be enough.

For Gronk, who could make plenty of money by occupying the very specific niche of simply being Gronk, the question becomes whether it’s worth sacrificing the difference between Gronk money and football money to avoid harm’s way.

However it plays out, the Patriots should try to get clarity sooner than later, so that the team can make the appropriate decisions in free agency and/or the draft. And if it’s a new contract that will keep Gronk from exercising his prerogative to walk away, the sooner the Patriots try to give him a new deal that cements his status for the next few years, the better.

17 responses to “Gronkowski’s status hovers over the Patriots

  1. Well, he didn’t seem to have a problem giving Tre White of the Bills a voluntary concussion, courtesy of his 300 lbs and that steel brace on his forearm…
    He’s getting his just deserts..

  2. Don’t forget; the Patriots resigned Martellus Bennet toward the end of the season and put him on season ending IR. It seemed odd at the time. But maybe they saw something coming up. And covered their bases back then. In other words; go young and fast at TE in the draft (will be available at bottom of 1st round), and use Bennet as the workhorse. If Gronk returns, they could alternate all 3 to keep them healthy & productive.

  3. Since Bill put his ego above the team to bench his CB2 and cost his team a title I’d go after that money too. Team first? Not anymore!

  4. Well, he didn’t seem to have a problem giving Tre White of the Bills a voluntary concussion

    Maybe White should rethink his cheating ways. We all see Gronk getting mugged down the field all year. Maybe those guys cheating having to look over their shoulder after every play isn’t such a bad thing.

  5. How these players continue to play in NE for far less than market value is beyond me. Especially after they’ve won championships. If I were Gronk I’d walk. Why give a multi billionaire, who doesn’t care about you, any of your hard earned money? Grow a spine and look out for yourself. NE as an organization sure will!

  6. Skawh- you familiar with the salary cap?

    If there was one, gronk would be getting 25 mil a year. Blame the players for not being financially ready to remove that from the CBA

  7. And if it’s a new contract that will keep Gronk from exercising his prerogative to walk away…
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    Well, any player could just retire, but the potential “out” in his contract this year is the Patriots’ prerogative, not his. So he couldn’t just walk away to another team. He could get more elsewhere but is not that poorly paid as this year he’s due a total of $9M including roster & workout bonus and $10M in 2019. But LOL at the haters who are all here crowing for Gronk to walk and get paid elsewhere and yet at other times all claim he’s made of glass and isn’t worth the dough! Which is it? You can’t have it both ways.

  8. skawh says:
    February 6, 2018 at 7:31 pm
    How these players continue to play in NE for far less than market value is beyond me. Especially after they’ve won championships. If I were Gronk I’d walk. Why give a multi billionaire, who doesn’t care about you, any of your hard earned money? Grow a spine and look out for yourself. NE as an organization sure will!
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    1. Players like to win championships
    2. The multi-billionaire in Foxboro is an unbelievably nice guy
    3. Players like to pad their stats, and playing with Brady is good for a tight end
    4. Playing for Belichick is interesting & challenging as he puts players in many different roles over the season.
    5. Gronk gets good money – he might not be getting QB money, but he’s not exactly earning league minimum either.

    There are still players like Marty Bennett or Assante Samuel who will bail in search of money, but not everything in life (or football) is about money.

  9. Patriots to roll over Eagles in SuperBowl? Nope.
    BB and Brady to retire after said win in SB LII? Nope.
    McDaniels to take head coaching job at Indy? Nope.
    Gronk to retire? … my money’s also on “nope.”

  10. TheWizard says: Maybe Tre White should rethink his cheating ways.
    ===========================
    Wow- jumping on a guys head, as he is prone on the ground, is suitable punishment for him pushing off. What’s the appropriate retribution for a PI penalty Wiz, 20 swings of a tire iron?

  11. Maybe he is tired of being hurt all the time. He had a lot of bad injuries that slowed him down and maybe this last concussion gave him some thought, I dont need this anymore, its no longer fun. I would suspect that is his issue?

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