The Patriots & Rob Gronkowski have made it official
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has dominated the league since being taken in the second round of 2010 NFL Draft.
And now, it looks like the Patriots are ready to reward him. From NFL.com’s Around the League Blog:
The New England Patriots and representatives for All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski are in negotiations to rework his rookie deal, a source with direct knowledge of the situation told NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport on Friday.
Gronkowski caught 42 passes for 546 yards and a team-high 10 touchdowns in 2010 before having a breakout season in 2011. Gronkowski ranked fifth in the NFL with 90 receptions and set NFL single-season records for a tight end with 1,327 receiving yards and 17 receiving touchdowns in earning Pro Bowl and All-Pro honors for the first time in his career. Gronkowski added 17 receptions for 258 yards and three touchdowns in the postseason, but had just two catches for 26 yards in Super Bowl XLVI after suffering a serious ankle injury in the AFC Championship Game.
Recent contracts for elite tight ends have per-year averages of around $7 million. Perennial Pro Bowl TEs Jason Witten ($7.4 million), Vernon Davis ($7.35 million) and Antonio Gates ($7.235 million) lead the list, and Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley signed a two-year, $14 million extension to avoid a franchise tag in February. Zach Miller and Marcedes Lewis have contracts worth $6.8 million annually, and future Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez signed a one-year, $6.9 million extension late last season.
While the reports of a contract renegotiation is unconfirmed, they come at an interesting time for the Patriots. Pro Bowl wide receiver Wes Welker is currently signed pegged to play the 2012 season under the franchise tag. After signing his franchise tender and joining the team for OTAs, the Patriots reportedly lowered their original long term offer to Welker. Welker had a superb 2011 compiling 122 receptions for 1,569 yards and 9 touchdowns. It’ll be interesting to see how Gronkowski’s potential new deal affects the cash flow for Wes Welker.
NFL-ATL: Rob Gronkowski might get new Patriots deal