Leave the dirtbike in the garage: the Patriots and tight end Rob Gronkowski seem to be on the same page these days.
After a positive meeting between Gronkowski’s camp and Patriots coach Bill Belichick, a meeting that concluded with Gronkowski publicly stating his intentions to return to the Patriots for the 2018 NFL season, the sides have reportedly started to work towards ‘tweaking’ his current contract, according to Karen Guregian of The Boston Herald.
“After Belichick’s recent get-together with Rob Gronkowski and agent Drew Rosenhaus, we’re told the sides are continuing to work on tweaking Gronk’s deal in some fashion to assuage that situation,” Guregian wrote.
The Patriots restructured Gronkowski’s contract last season, adding $5.5 million in incentives to his $8 million base salary. Gronkowski hit on some of those bonuses, too, making just under $10.2 million by the end of the season.
It’s believed that the Patriots and Gronkowski will throw similar incentives into this next deal, as Gronkowski is still paying with his well-under-market $8 million base salary. Signed through 2019, Gronkowski is officially eligible to sign a new contract on May 24, as it will mark a full calendar year he signed since his previous contract.
The 28-year-old Gronkowski caught 69 passes last season, totaling 1,084 yards with eight touchdowns.