According to NFL Insider Adam Schefter, the New England Patriots have agreed to a six year, $54 million extension with All-Pro tight-end Rob Gronkowski. The deal will make Gronkowski the highest paid tight-end in NFL history. Gronkowski previously signed a four-year, $4.4 million deal in 2010. With the extension, he is now under contract until the 2019 season.
In 2012, Gronkowski enters his third year in league. Last season, Gronkowski broke single-season records for most receiving yards (1,327) and touchdowns (17) by a tight-end in NFL history. Gronkowski and quarterback, Tom Brady, were one of the most productive passing duos in the NFL last season connecting for 90 total completions. The Patriots organization made sure to lock up the 23-year-old so he and Brady continue to put up points for the Pats'.
In my opinion the sample size is a bit too small for this luxurious deal. Gronkowski has only completed two years in the league and is coming off ankle surgery to repair damaged ligaments he suffered in the AFC Championship game. Yes, Gronkowski did break tight end records last season but he was surrounded by two top talents in wide receiver, Wes Welker, and another tight end, Aaron Hernandez. Not-to-mention Gronk has future Hall of Famer Tom Brady throwing him the ball. I'm not sure how effective Gronkowski would be if the Patriots lost one of their weapons around him or if Brady ever got hurt.
Also, Gronkowski has a reputation of being a little too involved in the nightlife. Leah Goldman from Business Insider shows us a few splashes Gronk has made on the social scene here. More money equals more freedom and for Gronkowski this could mean more partying.
Regardless of how I feel, Gronkowski became a very rich man today and hopefully Patriots fans will be watching the Gronk spike for years to come.