New England Patriots

Rob Gronkowski became a First Team All-Pro on Friday, confirming that the Patriots tight end earned the last of the incentives on his contract.

The award kicks in the final $2.5 million of Gronkowski’s contract incentives, which total $5.5 million. The Patriots tight end missed his chance to earn the final $2.5 million through statistical accomplishments, which as a result left First Team All-Pro honors as the last resort.

Gronk finished with 69 catches for 1,084 yards and 8 touchdowns in 14 games in 2017. He missed Week 5 at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers due to injury and Week 14 against the Miami Dolphins due to a suspension.

Rob Gronkowski has been named a First Team All-Pro, triggering the last of his incentives for 2017. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)

Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots reacts after catching a touchdown pass against the Buffalo Bills at Gillette Stadium on Dec. 24, 2017. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)

First Team All-Pro Winners: Full List

In addition to Gronkowski, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady also won First Team honors. Special teams captain Matthew Slater, meanwhile, landed on the second team as a “special teamer” despite playing just nine games. Perhaps due to Slater’s absences, Cardinals rookie special teamer Budda Baker beat him out for First Team honors.

So anyway, here’s the full list of First Team All-Pro winners:


Quarterback: Tom Brady, New England
Running Back: Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams
Flex: Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh
Tight End: Rob Gronkowski, New England
Wide Receivers: Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh; DeAndre Hopkins, Houston
Left Tackle: Andrew Whitworth, Los Angeles Rams
Right Tackle: Lane Johnson, Philadelphia
Left Guard: Andrew Norwell, Carolina
Right Guard: David DeCastro, Pittsburgh
Center: Jason Kelce, Philadelphia


Edge Rushers: Calais Campbell, Jacksonville; Cameron Jordan, New Orleans
Interior Linemen: Aaron Donald, Los Angeles Rams; Cameron Heyward, Pittsburgh
Linebackers: Chandler Jones, Arizona; Luke Kuechly, Carolina; Bobby Wagner, Seattle
Cornerbacks: Jalen Ramsey, Jacksonville; Xavier Rhodes, Minnesota
Safeties: Kevin Byard, Tennessee; Harrison Smith, Minnesota
Defensive Back: Darius Slay, Detroit

Special Teams

Placekicker: Greg Zuerlein, Los Angeles Rams
Punter: Johnny Hekker, Los Angeles Rams
Kick Returner: Pharoh Cooper, Los Angeles Rams
Punt Returner: Jamal Agnew, Detroit
Special Teamer: Budda Baker, Arizona

Gronkowski’s presence on the first team will obviously delight him, insofar as he grabbed that last bit of cash. But considering Kyle Van Noy’s congratulatory tweet on Friday, Gronk will probably have to shell out a lot of dough for dinners over the next month.

— By Matt Dolloff,

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