Rob Gronkowski wants Martellus Bennett to break the bank

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Rob Gronkowski doesn’t want his fellow Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett to take a team-friendly deal to stay in New England this offseason.

Instead, Gronkowski is urging Bennett to try to strike it rich in free agency.

“I’m hoping that he breaks the bank,” Gronkowski told ESPN. “Whenever you see a tight end break the bank, it’s good for the industry; it’s good for the position. You want to see the position grow.”

Bennett doesn’t like it when people tell him he should take less money to stay in New England, but he may like hearing Gronkowski’s thoughts. Even if Bennett will have to leave New England to break the bank.

73 responses to “Rob Gronkowski wants Martellus Bennett to break the bank

  1. It will be interesting to see what Bennett can get in free agency, but breaking the bank seems unlikely given that the Pats appear to be the first team he has played for in the NFL that would actually like to retain him; as opposed to the Cowboys, Giants, and Bears whose management and fan base did not seem disappointed to see him leave. At least the Cowboys had a HoF TE on their roster when they let Bennett go.

    I would think breaking the bank for a TE at this point would have to be $11 million+ per season and I doubt any team is stupid enough to give Bennett more than $9 million per season.

  2. Bennett isn’t going to “break” anyone’s bank, certainly not the pats. Someone may end up paying more for him than the smartest organization in professional sports, but, if that happens, they will be just fine without him. Gronk, unlike Bennett, is truly a great player, but we all see how things turned out this year without him and he isn’t going to like being in a world where he is being thrown the ball by a guy called brady

  3. If Bennett wants the $, so long. Hoodie knows how to craft value into VI. I’d like to see him stay, but if not, no tears. If he wants the money in a Cleveland, or some other desert, then he has self identified and that’s fine. If thinks he can change the Ravens into contenders and they will pay, fine.

    But while he will get a bid from the Pats, someone will be competitive because Belichek won’t get into a bidding war…he has a number based on what he thinks that player can contribute to VI and that’s ALL he is thinking about

  4. More power to him – came and did his job for the Pats. He’s a pro and entitled to make what he can make. I don’t think anyone on the Pats would begrudge him that. He played a large part in their championship season.

  5. PatchesO’Houlihan says:
    Feb 27, 2017 5:38 AM
    Gronk like stats, Gronk no like spotlight taken
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    LOL. Gronk actually likes blocking and generally smashing through people as much as catches, so couldn’t care less about stats – I wish he did care more because he then might protect his body a tad! And he celebrated his missed SB and team’s hometown parade like all his Xmasses came at once, so couldn’t care less about Bennett or anyone else in the spotlight.

  6. .
    ” Bennett doesn’t like it when people tell him he should take less money to stay in New England, ”

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    This is a storyline that portrays the media at its worst. How many people have been telling Bennett to take less? 2? 17? No one knows. Once Bennett said it, various media outlets picked up on the story and now it’s become urban legend that the entire Patriots nation is on bended knee pleading for Bennett to return. That’s a false narrative.

    Having Revis 2 on your team and in your locker room with a long term contract, is like having a Komodo Dragon for a house pet. No thank you….. Not at any price.
    .

  7. Probably besides QB the drop off from in capability top 5-10 is nuts. Very few TEs are both good on receiving and blocking. If he hits pay dirt in FA good for him. I hate to see him leave but he has to do what he has to do.

  8. I certainly missed him when he left the Bears. Along with Greg Olsen, Julius Peppers, Charles Tillman, Urlacher, etc etc, the list just keeps going.

  9. RandyinRoxbury says:
    Feb 27, 2017 6:33 AM
    Hope Gronk is able to give us at least 6 games in 2017, the best ability is availability.
    ——————————————————-

    What makes you think Gronk will be traded to the Jets this off-season?

    (Or are you a Dolphins fan? I keep forgetting).

  10. Hey fellow Pats fans: don’t bash Bennett.

    He did the team a solid while Gronkowski was injured.

    He’s a stand-up guy.

    Maybe he prices himself out of the Patriots. OK, goodbye.

    But that’s no reason to show him disrespect.

    He did his job.

  11. At Bennetts age this is his last big contract. He has to grab as much as he can to hold him and his family the rest of their lives. Anyone expecting him to not put providing for his family first is not being realistic. His current baragaining position should not be resented or held against him, he earned it fair and square. He went into NE and did everything asked and did it well. Fans should thank him for that and wish for him to see that big payday. (On some other teams dime)

  12. RandyinRoxbury says:
    Feb 27, 2017 6:33 AM
    Hope Gronk is able to give us at least 6 games in 2017, the best ability is availability.

    ================
    Please stop with the “….the best ability is availability.”

    I’m available, if you want to pay me $250k per game.

    And I’m pretty sure I’ll stay available because I won’t ever block or tackle anybody.

    100% availability. Where’s my game check?

  13. I saw Bennet all year, and I don’t think he’s worth it. Bad hands, but a decent blocker. And he’s got a bad wheel now. So good luck.

  14. PatchesO’Houlihan says:
    Feb 27, 2017 5:38 AM
    Gronk like stats, Gronk no like spotlight taken.

    ———————

    Gronk work hard, Gronk earn be Gronk.

  15. See, it’s all part of Belichick’s cunning plan. They take a player, make him look good for a year, then dump him off on someone else with a fat contract that they can in no way live up to. That way, they burden their rivals with a bunch of aging, overpriced free agents.

  16. Bennett was making $5 million on his last deal. The word is that the Patriots offered him $7 million. That’s actually a pretty fair offer. The question is whether, at 30 years old, he will get more somewhere else. At 30, Greg Olsen signed a 3 year extension with Carolina at $7.5 million per year ($12 million guaranteed). That would make the Patriots offer seem generous to most except Bennett. The Patriots aren’t going to overpay for Bennett with Gronkowski on the roster and so much depth in the position in the draft (Howard, Njoku, Everett, and Butt). Maybe Jacksonville will offer Bennett $8 million. Denver is another option, but Elway doesn’t seem like the type to overpay.

  17. The highest 2017 salary Pats (inc bonuses, to nearest M) are Brady on $14M, then Solder & McCourty on $11M. The league’s highest paid TE is Graham on $10M. The Pats are $63M under the cap, but they aren’t going to offer Graham-like money to Bennett – maybe they’ll match Gronk’s $7M (Bennett was on $5M in 2016). But will some team offer $10M? – maybe, plenty of fool teams in the NFL right now. The Pats currently also have (and like) Lengel and Housler at TE, plus TE/Tackle hybrid Cannon, and have plenty of other weapons too, so don’t expect the dynasty to end if Bennett walks.

  18. whywerule says:
    Feb 27, 2017 7:01 AM
    RandyinRoxbury says:
    Feb 27, 2017 6:33 AM
    Hope Gronk is able to give us at least 6 games in 2017, the best ability is availability.
    ——————————————————-

    What makes you think Gronk will be traded to the Jets this off-season?

    (Or are you a Dolphins fan? I keep forgetting).

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    It’s Dolphin fan chipwood with one of his lame aliases.

    It’s not unlike playing hide and seek with a little kid.

  19. screwmemean says:
    Feb 27, 2017 8:09 AM
    Gronk drink. Gronk like drink.

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    Correct on the name

  20. I hope he gets paid well. The Patriots are the best managed team in the NFL as measured by their success on the field, their ability to attract and train up more than the normal number of slightly above average players, by their ability to manage their cap availability, by the respect that most players have for them and I guess, the disdain other owners have for them.
    All that said, Bennett’s precise worth to the team next year, as is done for every player on the team, will be determined by Belichick. If the player feels it is fair and all the non-financial benefits worth it, he will stay. If those other benefits aren’t attractive, Belichick won’t pay 5¢ more but he will bid the guy up to play on another team. A win-win.
    Bennett is in the latter position. I hope he signs a good contract with a good guarantee and remains healthy enough to earn out the non guaranteed portion of whatever he signs.

  21. I don’t get why people try to make Gronk sound like a “caveman”. He is kind of articulate when doing postgame interviews. His football IQ is very high – he is not out there getting by on talent alone.

    BB and the Pats would have dumped him years ago if he did not work hard. The guy loves working out and loves football.

  22. RandyinRoxbury says:
    Feb 27, 2017 6:33 AM
    Hope Gronk is able to give us at least 6 games in 2017, the best ability is availability.

    ——————————————–

    Gronk is definately great to have on the field. But history has shown the team is still just fine if he isn’t.

  23. “Gronk knows money”

    Actually he does. Gronk has saved all his NFL money and lived off his endorsements so when he does retire he’ll be set for life, instead of broke 3 years after.

  24. Gronk was put on earth to entertain. You couldn’t make a cartoon character like this if you tried. Everything he does or says is done with a smile on his face. He’s just having fun.

  25. ikeclanton says:
    Feb 27, 2017 8:34 AM

    It’s Dolphin fan chipwood with one of his lame aliases.

    It’s not unlike playing hide and seek with a little kid.

    ————————

    Too funny! I really hope that Chipwood is just a 13-year old kid…..if he is really and adult…..then he needs help

  26. Look we all love Gronk – But 25-catches per year is not going to cut it. Who hear is confident he’ll play MORE games in 2017 (after back surgery) than he did in 2016?

    Encouraging a TE to go elsewhere is not in the best interest of the team.

  27. Gronkowski might want to keep his advice in-house. Belichick is probably evaluating his injury-prone self as well. The Patriots seemed to not miss a beat with him missing…again.

  28. Gronk comes across as a loveable, buffoon jock. But make no mistake, he is a bright guy. He needs to clean up his public drinking behavior. The Party Bus, stunning solo dancing videos, going crazy at SB 51 Victory Parade, going wild in victory lane yesterday with beer in hand when his buddy won Daytona…………. It’s a bad look. My employer would not be pleased. SMH! Unless he is on the field, he always appears to be over served.

  29. Disdain for Kraft? Kraft doesnt make personnel decisions like your team’s owner probably does. He lets the guys he picked to do their job to their job and he does his.

  30. Not sure why people are hating on Bennett….. He was a solid player for the Pats last season and a big part of their success.

    That’s ok snowflake you’ll never be mistaken for a Rhodes Scholar we understand. The reason is Pat’s turn own their own faster than rare to med on a steak…..see how simple that was.

  31. Don’t knock Bennett. The career-span in the NFL is too short to not take the cash when you can.

    And yes, the Pats will win their 6th on a shoestring budget.

  32. Nofoolnodrool says:
    Feb 27, 2017 11:47 AM
    ….The reason is Pat’s turn own their own faster than rare to med on a steak…

    Knowing that you are a Steelers fan I am guessing you may have ventured into Philly at some time and picked up a cheesesteak at Pat’s and/or Geno’s.

    Please share with us, why does Pat’s turn on their own? I have always been under the impression that Pat’s was loyal to their cheesesteak making employees.

  33. @edelmanfanclub

    Kraft certainly made the decision to bend over without a fight, pay $1M, lose his draft choices, and waive his right to appeal after being caught defLatin footballs. There, fixed it for you.

  34. Both him and his brother are good players but they just need to learn to keep their mouths shut. They talk so much nonsense. I am not a Patriots fan or anything like that but if the fans are begging you to take a team friendly deal, there is no need to tell them to basically shut up and mind their own business on social media. They are just saying that because they know the team isn’t going to shell out as much cash as you want but they will miss you if your gone. Just be greatful for being wanted you don’t have to slam them. A simple “Sorry fans we just couldn’t see eye to eye on a new contract, thanks for your support” that is a proper response to people who have been cheering your name all season. No need for all this stay off my lawn talk and weeds growing in their lawn stuff. It kind of shows his level of class and his care for his fans. I really don’t see him getting the kind of contract he thinks he is going to get.

  35. We dont need to overspend on a TE – even though he was good at times,he also disappeared in several games as well….no need for hurting the cap for an offense led by Brady that made guys like Christian Fauria and Benjamin Watson look good at times during their careers in NE.

    What we do need to spend on are our own several defensive players,several of which played huge roles in the comeback win over the Falcons in SB 51 – We lose that game if the Pats allowed 8 points or more during the second half which they went on shut down mode.

    Defense still wins most championships,even if the QB on the other side is named Brady

  36. As the unquestioned leader of the Pats, Brady needs to sit down with this runaway bulldozer. Tom has been accused of many things but never showing a lack of class. Listen and learn, Gronko!

  37. Classic Party Gronk yesterday in the winners pit at Daytona 500, beer in hand, trying to get one of the sponsor’s models, Ashley, to admit that her favorite number is 69. Really? Seriously? I doubt BB was amused. This guy better get his act together before he drinks his career away. SMH!

  38. It would be hilarious if the Pats cut injury prone Gronk and then broke the bank and paid Bennet.

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