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The Pats give an early bonus to their star tight end

Rob Gronkowski gets a well deserved early bonus. (Photo By: Mary Schwal)

Rob Gronkowski gets a well deserved early bonus.
(Photo By: Mary Schwal)

The New England Patriots and tight end Rob Gronkowski agreed to restructure Gronk’s contract.

Gronk was due a $10 million dollar option at season’s end to extend his contract through 2019. If the Pats declined to pick up that option, Gronk would become a free agent next year.

The Patriots decided to move up his bonus, and pay him $4 million dollars of that option now, and pay him the remaining $6 million at the end of the season, according to ESPN’s Field Yates. 

Yates reports that this deal doesn’t affect the team’s salary cap and does not add any tweaks to the contract.

If for some strange reason there was a doubt in your mind if the Pats wouldn’t pick up Gronk’s option, this shows they will keep their tight end for a long time.


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