After the much reported release of a few players on Thursday, most notably Mr. Ocho, the New England Patriots are restructuring star tight end Rob Gronkowski's original 2010 rookie contract, according to Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com.
The 2010 42nd overall pick signed a four-year contract that had a total value of $4.62 million. He had two years and $1.23 million remaining, but there were no available base salary escalators.
So the Patriots saw it fit to reward him for all his hard work. After all, he is arguably the best tight end in football at the moment.
We're still waiting on the details, but we suspect it's in line with many of his contemporaries. Jason Witten ($7.4 million), Vernon Davis ($7.35 million) and Antonio Gates ($7.235 million) top the list.
The benefit for Gronk is that he was drafted in 2010, before the 2011 CBA, which allows rookie contracts to be renegotiated after 2 years. Under the new CBA, you can't touch the deal until 3 years of service.
Gronkowski had 90 receptions for 1,327 yards 17 TDs last season. More to come.