It has been confirmed that Rob Gronkowski’s option was picked up by the Patriots yesterday, but later that night, Gronk took to twitter and released an ambiguous tweet.
His message can be interpreted a couple different ways; he’s either happy with the contract or wanting to dispute the terms.
At first glance he does seem to be rethinking the structure of it since he will be receiving less money in this term of his six year extension that he signed in 2012. Gronk earned $28.24 million from 2012-2015 and is on pace to earn $27 million from 2016-2019 which was set up in the Patriot’s favor due to his injury proneness.
Rich Hill from Pats Pulpit noted that Gronk brought in roughly $15 million last year after all the year-end bonuses including the first part of his option bonus. Next year, with a base salary of only $2.25 million, it will take three of the remaining four years to only make the same amount he did last season.
His disappointment is understandable as he is only the fourth highest paid tight end behind the likes of Jimmy Graham ($10 million/year), Travis Kelce ($9.4 million/year), and Julius Thomas ($9.2 million/year) whom are all greatly inferior to Gronkowski.
However, after all of the pondering faces, Gronk included “I don’t work hard for those reasons. Haha,” possibly meaning that despite having his pay reduced, that isn’t even the main driving factor behind his hard work.
It would be great to dish out a boatload of money in order to thank Gronk for being such a formidable opponent for years, but that just isn’t exactly realistic with all the other contract disputes on both sides of the ball that need to be dealt with over the next two offseasons.
However, after those two years, he will likely look to restructure his deal and get some of the money back that he “gave up” in the form of a contract that will keep him here with Tom Brady until they die.
He has every reason to be upset with the Patriots picking up his option and reducing his pay slightly, but that will surely be the driving factor in increasing his salary with the next contract that he makes with the Kraft family to ensure that he gets every penny he deserved.