Despite being limited to only eight games this past season, Rob Gronkowski has a chance to break the bank with the Patriots this upcoming season.
Gronkowski’s agent Drew Rosenhaus told ESPN the tight end has agreed to a unique restructured contract for 2017, giving him chance to top Jimmy Graham’s $10 million salary to become highest paid tight end in the league.
The incentive-based contract has three tiers of salary based on yards, touchdowns or accolades earned, Rosenhaus told ESPN.
If Gronkowski plays 90 percent of snaps; or has 80 receptions or 1,200 receiving yards; or becomes an All-Pro next season, then he will earn $10.75 million.
For the second tier and $8.75 million, Gronkowski would need to play 80 percent of snaps; or catch 70 passes; or have 1,000 receiving yards or 12 touchdowns.
Tier three takes him to $6.75 million if he can play 70 percent of snaps or have 60 Cheap Jerseys MLB China receptions; 800 receiving yards; or 10 TDs.
Gronkowski was set to make $5.25 million in 2017 Cheap Jerseys In China before the restructure. His deal, which expires before the 2020 season, remains unchanged for 2018 and 2019.
The Patriots are hoping the incentives can keep their star on the field, unlike last season.
Gronkowski, 28, underwent season-ending back surgery in December to repair an injury stemming from a big hit he took from Seahawks safety Earl Watson in Week 9 but also was hampered by a hamstring injury and bruised lung.
The injuries limited Gronkowski to 25 receptions for 540 yards and three scores, career lows in all three categories. It was the third surgery on his back alone (one came while he was at the University of Arizona) and left him as a spectator as Tom Brady led the Patriots to a Super Bowl victory.