The New England Patriots are working on a new contract for Rob Gronkowski after the five-time Pro Bowl tight end revealed that he’s intent on playing in the 2018 season, multiple media outlets reported on Tuesday.
The Boston Herald reported that the Patriots plan on “tweaking” the current deal for Gronkowski, who is slated to make $8 million in base salary — including a $656,000 roster bonus and $250,000 workout bonus, per Spotrac. Gronkowski’s contract runs through 2019 after which he is an unrestricted free agent.
“The Patriots are willing to adjust Gronkowski’s contract for at least a year,” NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported on NFL Up to the Minute. “They never do extensions two years out, but they are at least open to taking a look at Gronkowski’s deal and giving him some more money which he no doubt deserves.”
Gronkowski initially raised doubts about his playing future mere moments after Super Bowl LII, with rumors circulating of a career in acting, professional wrestling and even dirt-bike riding for the affable star.
“I met with coach (Bill Belichick) today and informed him I will be back for the 2018 season with the Pats,” the 28-year-old Gronkowski wrote in a posting on Instagram two weeks ago. “I have been working out, staying in shape and feel great. Looking forward to another championship run.”
Gronkowski posted 69 catches for 1,084 yards with eight touchdowns over 14 games in 2017.
A second-round draft pick of the Patriots in 2010, Gronkowski has been a touchdown machine since joining the team, reaching double digits in five of his eight seasons, including a career-high 17 in 2011.
Gronkowski has surpassed 1,000 yards four times and has 474 receptions for 7,179 yards in 102 career games (89) starts.
His 76 touchdown catches rank third on the all-time list among tight ends, behind Antonio Gates (114) and Tony Gonzalez (111).