The Patriots and Rob Gronkowski have agreed to terms on a reworked contract for the 2018 season. The Patriots and Gronkowski have been in talks on reworking his contract all offseason and finally came to terms ahead of the Patriots last preseason game.
The reworked deal adds $4.3 million to Gronkowski's deal for the 2018 season, $1 million of which will be in per game bonuses and the other $3.3 million of which will have to be earned through incentives. The length of Gronkowski's deal remains at 2 years despite the restructuring and NFL Network's Ian Rapoport noted on Twitter, "From now until [Gronkowski] retires, it's a year-to-year situation".
Gronkowski will have to hit 3 of the 4 following incentives to receive the full additional $3.3 million: 70+ catches, 80% or more playing time, 1,085+ receiving yards, and 9+ touchdowns. As ESPN's Mike Reiss points out, the Patriots did not pull these numbers out of nowhere. Gronkowski finished last season with 69 catches, 1,084 receiving yards, 79.3% playing time, and 8 touchdowns all of which are just barely short of the incentive marks he will be required to hit in the 2018 season.
The Patriots also signed Tom Brady to a similarly incentive based reworked contract earlier in training camp with Brady able to earn an extra $5 million if he's able to reach his incentives. This is the second time the Patriots have reworked Gronkowski's contract in the last 16 months. Last offseason, the Patriots reworked Gronkowski's contract with a much different set of tiered incentives, which he was able to hit by making last year's All-Pro team.
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