Rob Gronkowski signed a revised deal with the New England Patriots Thursday, ESPN reports.
The new deal reportedly adds $4.3 million in additional incentives to the 29-year-old tight end’s 2018 payout, and could potentially mean a total max payout of $13.3 million in 2018. The restructure provides $1 million in potential per-game bonuses and $3.3 million in achievable incentives.
To make the money, Gronk will have to hit multiple marks this season. He gets a $1.1 million bonus if he finishes the season with 70 or more catches, a $1.1 million bonus if he plays 80 percent of the Patriots’ offensive snaps, catches nine or more touchdowns or finishes the season with 1,085 receiving yards or more. Gronk can earn a maximum of $3.3 million with these incentives, which means he only needs to hit three out of the four to make the money.
Prior to the new contract, Gronkowski had two years left on his contract, which included a base salary of $8 million in 2018 and $9 million in 2019, a salary which ranks him as the fourth highest paid tight end in the league behind Green Bay’s Jimmy Graham, Kansas City’s Travis Kelce, and Washington’s Jordan Reed.
Entering his ninth season in the NFL, Gronkowski’s 76 touchdown catches since 2010 are tops in the league, which already places him third all-time among tight ends. The four-time All-Pro is also the only tight end in NFL history with 10 or more touchdown receptions in five separate seasons.