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Rob Gronkowski | Tight End | #87

Team: New England Patriots
Age / DOB:  (29) / 5/14/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 265
College: Arizona
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 2 (42) / NE
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The Athletic's Jeff Howe reports the Patriots are nearing a reworked contract with Rob Gronkowski.
Contract discussions have been "positive," per Howe, and a new deal sounds imminent. Gronkowski wants more money, and understandably so. Gronkowski would be a first-ballot Hall of Famer if his career ended today, yet Gronk is presently the NFL's fourth-highest paid tight end behind Jimmy Graham, Travis Kelce, and Jordan Reed. May 23 - 10:52 PM

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Patriots owner Robert Kraft expects Rob Gronkowski to attend minicamp.

The Patriots have been working to restructure Gronkowski's contract, but it can't be made official until Thursday. Gronkowski will likely be given incentives to raise his $8 million base salary. He should report to OTAs when the deal is reached.
May 23 - 4:17 PM

NFL Network's James Palmer reports the Patriots and Rob Gronkowski are working on a contract restructure.

Gronk cannot officially do another restructure which includes incentives until May 24th, one year after his last restructure, which also happens to be the date of New England's third OTA workout. The fact that it has yet to happen suggests it will contain incentives like the ones Gronk used to boost his salary to $10.75 million last season. Gronkowski is currently owed $17 million in base salary over the final two years of his deal.
May 21 - 12:54 PM

The Boston Herald reports the Patriots are working on "tweaking" Rob Gronkowski's contract.

The Pats are apparently trying to "assuage" Gronk's reported grumbling with his deal, a displeasure that seemingly led to him considering retirement this offseason. Perhaps some easily-attainable bonuses will be in order.
May 7 - 2:39 PM

Rob Gronkowski announced in a Tuesday social media post that he will return for the 2018 season.

"I met with coach today and informed him I will be back for the 2018 season with the Pats," Gronk posted on Instagram, under his @gronk handle. "I have been working out, staying in shape and feel great." The fact that Gronkowski met with coach Bill Belichick on Tuesday to inform him of his intentions confirms he was seriously considering stepping away. Although Gronk is still only 29 (next month), he has dealt with a litany of serious injuries during his eight seasons in the NFL. At this point, he should be considered a year-to-year proposition going forward, something to be mindful of in Dynasty leagues.
Apr 24 - 6:29 PM

Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio reports the Patriots expect both Rob Gronkowski and Tom Brady to play in 2018.

A source with "knowledge of the situation" told Florio the Patriots are expecting both stars to return for this upcoming season. More importantly, what appeared to be a non-story all along is slowly being unveiled as such. Brady never indicated he was considering retirement and had even planned normal off-site offseason workouts with his fellow teammates. The Athletic's Jeff Howe also recently reported Gronk told members of his inner circle he's strayed from voluntary workouts because "he's happy living life and generally just taking a little extra time away." Both are expected to be full participants when New England opens training camp in July.
Apr 22 - 4:03 PM

Rob Gronkowski won't participate in the Patriots' offseason workouts.

When asked if he'll participate in the team's voluntary workouts, Gronk said he won't because he's "got dirt-biking skills to work on." He also candidly mentioned the Patriots will see a "freek-a-leek" when he comes back, perhaps hinting he'll be a participant in camp. Team workouts are completely optional, but the 28-year-old will miss out on a $250,000 workout bonus in his contract. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported earlier in the week Gronkowski is still considering whether to play in 2018.
Apr 21 - 12:42 PM

Rob Gronkowski will not attend the start of New England's offseason program Monday.

Tom Brady won't be present at the start of New England's program either as he's on a business trip in Qatar. Schefter continues that Gronkowski is still considering whether to play this upcoming season, and has had "good communication" with the Patriots. Gronk reportedly told friends at one point during the 2017 season he was "likely to retire" but ESPN's Jeff Darlington has since noted the 28-year-old is "pretty certain" he'll return. Sources also told Darlington that any "friction" between Gronkowski and head coach Bill Belichick should ease once the tight end fully commits to football again.
Apr 15 - 3:30 PM

The Boston Herald's Karen Guregian reports Bill Belichick "chastised [Rob Gronkowski] in front of the players for being a TB12 client" early last season.

NBC Sports Boston's Tom Curran added the incident was a "big part" of Gronkowski's "irritation" with the organization last season. Back in March, Curran's colleague Mike Giardi reported Gronk and Tom Brady were "miserable" playing under Belichick last season with much of the disconnect tying back to Alex Guerrero, Brady's and now Gronk's trainer. At this point, Gronkowski is expected to return to the Patriots, but it is clear there is real friction between the tight end and his head coach.
Apr 9 - 10:59 AM

According to ESPN's Jeff Darlington, Rob Gronkowski is "pretty certain" he'll return to the Patriots in 2018.

While Gronk has yet to make an official decision, Darlington hears the 28-year-old plans to continue playing as long as Tom Brady remains with the team. At one point during the 2017 season a physically exhausted Gronk told friends he was "likely to retire" and though that sentiment has faded, Darlington notes that he still has "lingering frustrations" with coach Bill Belichick. Gronkowski has reportedly grown weary of New England's "high-strung" culture while Belichick has begun to question whether the tight end is "all-in." On a more positive note, sources have told Darlington that any "friction" between the two should ease once Gronkowski fully commits to football again.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 1 - 8:15 AM

The Boston Sports Journal's Greg Bedard passes along word from a "Bill Belichick-friendly source" that the longer Rob Gronkowski goes without committing to the team, the chances of the Patriots trading him increase.

This is pure speculation, but it isn't the first time we've seen it, as MMQB's Albert Breer hinted at it as well in a piece on Thursday. Both Breer and Bedard are ex-Patriots beat writers with plenty of connections to the team. Gronkowski has yet to inform the Patriots of his 2018 plans, and some think Belichick could use that as fuel to trade the star tight end, who may be tiring of playing at a massive discount in New England. Bedard mentions the 49ers and Rams as suitors should Gronkowski become available. 29-year-old (in May) Gronk is the fourth-highest-paid tight end at $9 million per year and has two years left on his deal.
Mar 30 - 11:31 AM

MMQB's Peter King reports Rob Gronkowski has yet to make a decision on retirement.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Gronkowski is expected to return, a report which seemed to elicit a "#clueless" tweet out of the tight end. King reports Gronk has yet to decide and is in "no hurry" to make the final call. It would be surprising if Gronkowski is not spiking footballs in 2018, but it cannot be taken for granted.
Source: MMQB
Mar 5 - 9:09 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the "expectation" is Rob Gronkowski will return for 2018.

Per Rapoport, Gronkowski did "ponder" retirement and took "several weeks off" after the Super Bowl to "let loose" and think about his future. While WWE and Hollywood are very real future endeavors for Gronkowski, the belief is those entertainment opportunities will still be there for Gronk whenever he does decide to call it a career with football. For now, it looks as if Gronkowski will be back in 2018. Rapoport says there may be no "grand announcement."
Feb 28 - 2:15 PM

ESPN's Jeff Darlington reports Rob Gronkowski has been thinking about retirement for "quite some time."

Darlington went on to say it isn't just a reaction to the Super Bowl loss or Gronk's recent concussion and that he's been considering it "long before both instances." It still seems likely that Gronk will return for the 2018 season, but as more reports continue to emerge, it wouldn't be surprising to see him retire.
Source: Boston.com
Feb 17 - 1:21 PM

MMQB's Albert Breer believes "Rob Gronkowski’s rumblings about retirement are real."

According to Breer, Gronk has "been responsible with his finances," so walking away early is not as big of a financial concern as it might be for other players. Gronk is also a veritable star who reportedly is looking into an acting career once his playing days are finished. We still think it is likely Gronkowski returns in 2018, but considering the beating he takes each season and the options available to him, it is not surprising he is at least thinking about walking away.
Source: MMQB
Feb 8 - 12:23 PM

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QB1Tom Brady
2Brian Hoyer
3Danny Etling
RB1Sony Michel
2Rex Burkhead
3James White
4Mike Gillislee
5Brandon Bolden
GLB1Rex Burkhead
2Sony Michel
3RB1James White
2Rex Burkhead
FB1James Develin
WR11Julian Edelman
2Cordarrelle Patterson
3Phillip Dorsett
4Jordan Matthews
5Riley McCarron
WR21Chris Hogan
2Malcolm Mitchell
3Kenny Britt
4Cody Hollister
5Braxton Berrios
WR31Malcolm Mitchell
TE1Rob Gronkowski
2Dwayne Allen
3Jacob Hollister
4Troy Niklas
5Will Tye
LT1Trent Brown
2LaAdrian Waddle
3Matt Tobin
LG1Isaiah Wynn
2Joe Thuney
3Ted Karras
C1David Andrews
2Luke Bowanko
3James Ferentz
RG1Shaq Mason
2Cole Croston
3Jason King
RT1Marcus Cannon
2Andrew Jelks
3Ulrick John
K1Stephen Gostkowski