Much has been made of looking at the New England Patriots lucrative deal given to star tight end Rob Gronkowski in hindsight, as many are saying that Gronkowski’s recent arm surgeries and back woes point to this deal not being as good as once thought for the Patriots. Some are worried that the Pats threw too much money at Gronk and too soon, and they are also stating that Gronkowski was indeed smart to take the large contract and the money involved.
But in an answer to a fan who was wondering if any future injuries to Gronkowski would cripple the team, ESPN Boston’s Mike Reiss reminded us that the New England Patriots have something of a financial safeguard for Rob Gronkowski following the 2015 season. The Patriots have a $10 million option bonus for Gronkowski, and they can either decline it or elect to use it and thus activate the final four seasons of Gronkowski’s deal from 2016-2019.
I highly doubt we end up having to talk about Gronkowski’s option getting declined at that point due to devastating injuries, but it is certainly a possibility that cannot be easily dismissed. The takeaway point here is that the Patriots have the ability to get out of Gronkowski’s deal if things do get that bad in the future, even if they are still on the hook for some money before that point. The Patriots didn’t just toss a crazy deal at Gronk, and the loss of a star tight end will end up being the much harsher implication for the Patriots franchise than the money lost by his lucrative deal.
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