Patriots Rumors: Contract restructure not imminent for Rob Gronkowski
By Nick Ziegler
Recent Patriots rumors are about whether or not there is a contract restructure coming anytime soon for Rob Gronkowski.
With training camp underway, recent Patriots rumors have been about the possibility of Rob Gronkowski getting his contract restructured. This offseason, one of the things that caused some concern in New England was the status of Gronkowski for the 2018 season.
After the Super Bowl, reports came out that Gronkowski was considering retirement. Up until just before the NFL Draft, Gronkowski didn’t commit to playing, and there were some rumblings that the Patriots might have been shopping him. However, Gronkowski did end up committing and was obviously never traded.
With training camp here, Gronkowski decided not to hold out despite his desire to make more money. However, there doesn’t appear to be a restructure coming anytime soon according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk.
"“Nothing is imminent,” a source with knowledge of the situation told PFT on Thursday."
While Gronkowski makes nine million per season on average, he is the best tight end in the NFL, and not the highest paid one. Both Jimmy Graham and Travis Kelce make more annually than Gronkowski. Even though both are very good tight ends, they are not Gronk.
After seeing the contract that Trey Burton recently received from the Chicago Bears, it is understandable why Gronkowski would like a restructure. Last season, the Patriots were able to reach an agreement with Gronkowski to give him some new incentives in the contract, which helped make him some more money. Many have believed that they will be doing something along those lines once again, but so far there has been nothing.
With Julian Edelman being suspended for the first four games of the season, the Patriots are going to be leaning heavily on Gronkowski. There is still certainly some time for the two sides to get a deal done before the start of the season, but it appears like nothing is imminent as of now.