Gronk really needs a healthy season this year. Check out this report from Jason LaCanfora.
The big trigger in Gronk’s extension is for 2015. Here’s the gist of it:
Gronkowski is set to make $15 million alone in 2015, in the form of $5 million in salary (which is guaranteed only for injury but not for cap or production purposes), as well as a $10 million option bonus that the Patriots could opt to pick up at any point in the 2015 league year. Numerous sources who reviewed this contract said they highly doubt New England picks up that $10 million option, which would make Gronk a free agent.
Should New England pick up that bonus, that triggers Gronkowski’s deal from 2016-2019 (worth $27 million). Given Gronkowski’s run of injuries — it stands to reason he opens 2014 on the Physically Unable To Perform List and returns to the team midseason — and the calculated manner with which Bill Belichick often operates, it’s quite likely this situation is resolved even before the 2015 season.
Gronkowski makes $3.75M in 2014 — quite cheap even given his injuries — and he made just $660,000 this season.
Honestly, I think the cards are stacked against Gronk. He needs not only to stay healthy in 2014 but prove that he’s still the uber-elite tight end we saw in 2011.
And unfortunately for him, he has to do it coming off an ACL, an injury that usually takes a full year to get totally healthy from.
I love Gronk as much as any uber Pats fan, but this could very well be his last year in a Pats uniform.
Welp, Gronk’s alive and he’s got another new cast/brace to add to the collection. Heal up fast pal!
H/T to edelmenkowski for the pic.
Let the healing begin!
The New England Patriots’ injuries in 2013 have been well-documented, but three stand out far above the rest.
Rob Gronkowski, Vince Wilfork and Jerod Mayo were to be integral parts of the Patriots’ plans this season, but each would find themselves playing less than seven full games and eventually on IR.
The Patriots have clearly missed all three players this season but who have they missed the most?
First there was the hand cart for his high ankle sprain, now he’s gone fully motorized for the ACL. Guessing he’s got to let the MCL heal before they go in and replace his ACL. Good times… ugh…