Rob Gronkowski open to new deal, not focused on it

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Wide receiver Odell Beckham‘s new deal with the Giants has an average annual salary of $16.4 million per year, which is significantly more than any tight end is currently making in the NFL.

During a press conference on Tuesday, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was asked if he’d like to see tight ends get lumped in with their pass-catching brethren on the contract front. Gronkowski said it “would be cool” if that’s how things played out.

That seems unlikely to happen overnight, but it made for a natural segue into a question about whether Gronkowski would like to have something done to his contract. It’s been a topic of conversation throughout the offseason and Gronkowski said he’s “always open for that,” but said it wasn’t something he’s paying much attention to with the regular season right around the corner.

“It is what it is,” Gronkowski said, via a transcript distributed by the team. “That’s not really my focus. I got a long season ahead and just trying to focus on what I need to really do and just let everything else play out.”

Gronkowski has base salaries of $8 million this year and $9 million in 2019. The Patriots added $5.5 million in incentives to his contract last year, but have not made any alterations ahead of this season.

36 responses to “Rob Gronkowski open to new deal, not focused on it

  1. He’s definitely worth the 12 to 13 million range. Patriots do the right thing and pay the man. He’s been the face of the franchise and loyal to the cause.

  2. Why would anyone give a new deal to a guy who contemplates retirement in the offseason? Not to mention multiple back, forearm, and knee surgeries…this guy’s mind and body both scream 1 year deals

  3. I hope this isn’t a pointlessly obvious question, but would you like more than $9M/yr?

  4. I love Gronkowski but nothing about his physical and mental state warrant a long term deal.

  5. Don’t they pay on a sliding scale in New England depending on the level of cheating?

  6. He doesn’t care about his contract, it’s plenty for him, he doesn’t squander his earnings. He doesn’t need the money, it probably makes pro football much more enjoyable to play when you don’t care about any financial considerations.

  7. I am surprised there has not been an extension because BB and Rosenhaus are said to get along very well. Happy to see that Gronk not dwelling on it is pissing off the trolls.

  8. As Long as your healthy and I get to see the Gronk Spike he can get Paid what he wants.
    Do the performance and health type deal like did on the last restructure.
    that way it works on both ends. If he on the field healthy get pack nice chunk of change.
    If hurt and not performing you get paid at a lower level.

  9. Not focused on a new deal, just blabbing to the media about it. BB is going to drop a Gronk elbow on him when he isn’t looking and trade him away.

  10. scottishvike says:
    August 28, 2018 at 5:02 pm
    What did people used to say before “it is what it is” became so commonplace?

    Yeah I really miss the days when people didn’t speak like total morons and use internet shorthand like 13 year old girls

  11. 29 years of age this year
    30 years of age next year
    31 years of age as a free agent- If he is healthy he will be franchise tagged.

    32 years of age – Tagged again.

    Then Brady turns 45 and retires

    Gronk is 33 years of age- Free agent and Patriots let him walk.

  12. Even though Gronk is often targeted out of jealousy, just ask TJ Ward and Barry Church, most of his injuries have come from Brady exposing him. The same way Brady exposed Welker. I wonder what Gronk’s injury history would be if he played with another QB.

  13. JustBlameTrumpOrRussia says:
    August 28, 2018 at 5:19 pm
    Not focused on a new deal, just blabbing to the media about it. BB is going to drop a Gronk elbow on him when he isn’t looking and trade him away.

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    “During a press conference on Tuesday, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was asked if he’d like to see tight ends get lumped in with their pass-catching brethren on the contract front. Gronkowski said it “would be cool” if that’s how things played out.”

    Even putting aside he was asked a direct question, “would be cool” is hardly “blabbing to the press” And on top of that it wasnt even about his deal but rather about league wide salary structure.

    Too bad he didnt say he doesnt want to talk about it. Thats what really sets off the trolls when a Patriot declines to answer. Half of them go off over the not answering, the other half make up answers of their own then go off on them.

  14. Ha. Welcome to Patriot World. They arguably have the two best players in the NFL, Brady and Gronk. They won’t pay them. Only one guy gets paid in Patriot World, fat dog Big Billy. Look it up.

  15. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    August 28, 2018 at 5:35 pm

    Even though Gronk is often targeted out of jealousy, just ask TJ Ward and Barry Church, most of his injuries have come from Brady exposing him. The same way Brady exposed Welker. I wonder what Gronk’s injury history would be if he played with another QB.
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    Everything typed above, is, well -stupid. perhaps it’s about time to update your screen name?

    The only thing brady “exposed” Welker to was winning and becoming a top receiver in the league.

    Yeah- I’m sure Gronk wants anybody but Brady throwing him the ball!!!

    Gronk- injury/surgery history in College, hmm- no Brady. Gronk hurts himself on a Special Teams play- hmm, no Brady. Gronk injures himself falling to the ground on his own down the sideline and reinjures himself because the Pats brought him back too soon. Must be Brady “exposing” him on a sideline play- Ha! Gronk catches the ball and is running down the field with the ball and has his knee blownout with a (clean I think) hit to the legs. Gronk Reinjures his back which has been a problem since College- but yeah, all this must be Brady. The gall of Brady even thinking about throwing the ball Gronks way!!!

  16. Kid is gonna pull a lebron, headed to lala land as soon as it is legally possible. No brainer really and i don’t blame him

  17. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    August 28, 2018 at 5:35 pm

    Even though Gronk is often targeted out of jealousy, just ask TJ Ward and Barry Church, most of his injuries have come from Brady exposing him. The same way Brady exposed Welker. I wonder what Gronk’s injury history would be if he played with another QB.

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    Oh boy….let’s see how many things are wrong about this latest one….

    Gronk is not targeted out of jealousy. He’s huge—they can’t tackle him normally and he’s tall. He doesn’t go down easy. Injuries have emerged from that.

    If you think Brady has “exposed” guys because you’re implying he’s not accurate—I promise you that 95% of the league is worse. You must not watch any games. Welker was turned into a star because of Brady (and the offensive scheme, to be fair) and Gronk is one the greatest, if not THE greatest tight ends of all time. I think Brady had just a little to do with that. He routinely puts the ball in very small windows. Brady has made average receivers look good for years. This has been observed and commented on forever. Not disputable.

    If Gronk played with another QB other than Brady, he’d still be great, but most likely wouldn’t have won as much and become the household name that he is. He’s rich—in part—because of Brady and Belichick’s greatness.

    Maybe you should stick to your classic “a high-schooler could succeed as the Patriots quarterback” schtick? Always gold.

  18. Ehrmantraut says:
    August 28, 2018 at 4:22 pm
    Patsies treat their players like crap, no wonder they’re all unhappy, 5-11 at best

    Yeah. We’ll get back to you, Genius Prognosticator. Thanks for the screenshot.

  19. Of course it isn’t on his mind. Pats fans don’t understand the concept of “narrative.” We create that all the time in say, billion plus dollar businesses. Or $30 billion dollar businesses (bigger than the whole NFL). If it wasn’t a concern it wouldn’t be a story. But I don’t expect a Pats fan to know that.

    And btw? Gronk would thrive under half the QBs in the league And a few of them aren’t even elite.

  20. One thing Pats and Bills fans (well me) can agree on is that Gronk is genuine, athletic and will give his all. I hope he keeps playing but I’m good seeing him in acting or commercials.

  21. Tom says:
    August 28, 2018 at 7:40 pm
    Ehrmantraut says:
    August 28, 2018 at 4:22 pm
    Patsies treat their players like crap, no wonder they’re all unhappy, 5-11 at best

    Yeah. We’ll get back to you, Genius Prognosticator. Thanks for the screenshot.

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    Has anyone ever seen Ehrmantraut and terripet in the same room?

    Hmmm…

  22. Part of Bill Belichick’s genius is persuading elite offensive players like Tom Brady, Gronk and Julian Edelman to play for significantly less than what they could probably earn elsewhere.

  23. uglydingo says:
    August 29, 2018 at 5:05 am
    Part of Bill Belichick’s genius is persuading elite offensive players like Tom Brady, Gronk and Julian Edelman to play for significantly less than what they could probably earn elsewhere….
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    Like all good NFL organizations, the Pats have lost some solid players through the years who have chased money on other teams. Frankly I am happy for all those former Patriot players. What Pats fan would not be happy for guys like Danny Amendola, Malcolm Butler, Logan Ryan, etc? Still, I think the Pats have done a good job of spreading “wealth” throughout the roster, and even on the practice squad, which has helped them remain competitive in their bad luck injury years.

    Sure Brady could have played out his contract a few times in his career, and been franchised a couple of times, to get more money; but it is not like he is in the poor house. Gronk actually got top dollar when he signed the contract he is under right now even if it is not top dollar TE money today. My guess is that Gronk really is seriously considering retiring from the game, which might explain why there has been no additional adjustment or extension.

  24. In answer to several fans posting above: “it is what it is” isn’t new and nor a modern dumbed-down take on “it’s to be expected”! It appears in “An Essay Concerning Human Understanding” by John Locke, 1836 (page 304) – in a chapter explaining what “essence” means, he says “First, essence may be taken for the being of any thing, whereby it is what it is”. And it could well be older.

    But if you find 1836 too modern, try “that is how it is” instead, which is a timelessly old phrase.

  25. Concur with whywerule – Gronk got paid big, early and long (a 6yr, $54M deal in 2012) with decent guarantees despite some injury concerns. It was a good deal for both sides. It’s not the highest now but that’s a choice – he swapped out higher pay for security and longer contract.

  26. sayormills49 says:
    August 28, 2018 at 4:08 pm
    Why would anyone give a new deal to a guy who contemplates retirement in the offseason? Not to mention multiple back, forearm, and knee surgeries…this guy’s mind and body both scream 1 year deals
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    Because he’s f’ing Gronk.

  27. uglydingo says:
    August 29, 2018 at 5:05 am

    Part of Bill Belichick’s genius is persuading elite offensive players like Tom Brady, Gronk and Julian Edelman to play for significantly less than what they could probably earn elsewhere.
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    That’s more trope than fact. Brady has certainly been paid, what he has done is renegotiate contracts early to be team friendly cap wise. guaranteed up front money is woth WAY more than money down the road.

    Gronk did get paid at one point. His pay has basically evened out- making less money than he should when healthy, and making more money than he should when injured. Gronk and Brady ARE the Pats offense though, and it seems he should at least get a better incentive deal.

    Julian Edelman is not an “elite offensive player”- he is the very definition of a result of hard work in the Patriots system and having Tom Brady throwing him the ball. Edelman went to free agency a few years ago and garnished no real offers. A Star with the Pats, but tough to see him at the same level elsewhere. I love Edelman, but he is really a specialist player overall.

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