NEW YORK (AP) - All-Pro Rob Gronkowski has agreed to a $54 million deal with
the New England Patriots, the richest contract for a tight end in NFL
The six-year deal includes $18.17 million guaranteed. It is a stunning move
by the team for a player entering just his third NFL season, but the Patriots
recognized the game-breaking skills of the record-setting Gronkowski.
"This is a rare deal," said Drew Rosenhaus, Gronkowski's agent. "Thanks to
Mr. Kraft and Coach Belichick."
Gronkowski set a league record for the position with 17 touchdown catches in
2011. He also had a record 1,327 yards, and made 90 receptions.
Gronkowski is coming off left ankle surgery, an injury that slowed him in New
England's loss to the New York Giants in the Super Bowl.