Thank Gronk it’s Friday…and He Just Got Paid
- Updated: June 8, 2012
Rob Gronkowski has 54 million more reasons to smile
FOXBORO, MA – If you were looking forward to seeing a “Gronk Spike” every time Patriots’ tight-end Rob Gronkowski reaches the endzone this upcoming season, you can keep looking forward to it for the next 6 seasons.
Gronk has reportedly inked a deal with the Patriots that will pay him $54 million over the next eight seasons, making him not only the highest-paid tight end in NFL history, but also the second-highest salaried player on the team.
The tight-end who set new NFL records last season in his position with a total of 1,327 yards and 18 total touchdowns (17 receiving, one rushing) on 90 receptions, had two years remaining on his four-year rookie deal, which was paying him base salaries of $540,000 in 2012 and $575,000 in 2013. His new contract is both an extension, and a major payday.
Gronkowski underwent offseason surgery on his left ankle to repair torn ligaments, after the Patriots’ devastating Superbowl loss to the Giants, when he suffered a high ankle sprain in the AFC Championship game against the Baltimore Ravens. Gronkowski is still rehabbing the injury, but is set to be just like new come the preseason games in August.
TGIF, Gronk…and try not to spike that paycheck, you don’t want to lose any of that dough!