Rob Gronkowski and the New England Patriots have agreed on a restructure of the tight end's contract.
The Patriots reworked the deal by paying the three-time Pro Bowler $4 million of his $10 million option that was due at the end of the year so that his contract could be extended to the end of 2019.
This leaves $6 million left to be paid, but all in all, it reassures Gronkowski that he is staying in New England till 2019 and for a long time afterwards.
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This only happens if the Patriots pay him the rest of the $6 million, but that really is a matter of when, not if.
If the Patriots hadn't reworked the deal or given the tight end the contract option bonus, he would have become a free agent. This is unlikely to happen because of how well he has performed and how he has developed himself into Brady's go-to receiver.
Since being drafted by the Patriots in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft, the three-time Pro Bowler has achieved 4,379 yards from 308 receptions and 54 touchdowns, averaging 14.2 yards per reception.
This is more money in Gronkowski's back pocket that he will not spend. Why? Well, in his recent book, 'Good to be Gronk' he said he had yet to spend any of his money he's made in the last five seasons with the Patriots.
This is calculated to be close to $10 million. Instead, he has been living off endorsement deals.
There is no additional tweaks to his contract. It just simply means Gronkowski is going to be staying with the Patriots for a long time to come. Not many people doubted he would be staying at the Patriots before today anyways.
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