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Rob Gronkowski | Tight End | #87

Team: New England Patriots
Age / DOB:  (29) / 5/14/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 268
College: Arizona
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 2 (42) / NE
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Rob Gronkowski caught 4-of-5 passes for 51 yards in Week 3 against the Lions.
Gronkowski led the Patriots in targets, but fell victim to gameflow with the Lions dominating time of possession. This was his second straight bad outing after getting held to 15 yards last week. Gronkowski is a strong rebound candidate against a Miami secondary that's dealing with injuries. He'll remain a top-3 option for Week 4. Sep 24 - 12:00 AM

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According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Patriots nearly completed a deal to send Rob Gronkowski to the Lions back in April.

The Patriots and Lions were deep into trade talks leading up to the draft. Despite the presence of GM Bob Quinn and head coach Matt Patricia, both Patriots alums, Gronkowski had no interest in joining the Lions and even threatened to retire if the Patriots traded him. Gronkowski was contacted repeatedly by the Lions while trade talks were going on, but wouldn't answer their calls. This prompted a sit-down meeting with Bill Belichick, which eventually led to a reconciliation between Gronk and the Patriots. Already on a Hall of Fame trajectory, the 29-year-old's 77 receiving touchdowns rank third all-time among tight ends.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 23 - 10:25 AM

Rob Gronkowski (ankle) wasn't listed on the Patriots' final injury report for Week 3 against the Lions.

Gronk's ankle injury was reportedly "nothing to worry about" as of Friday morning and he was later listed as a full participant in practice. Josh Gordon (hamstring) is officially questionable. Even if Gordon suits up, it's expected he'll play limited snaps. Gronkowski, Chris Hogan, and New England's running game should all rebound against a hapless Lions defense that could be without top corner Darius Slay (questionable) Sunday.
Sep 21 - 4:08 PM

Rob Gronkowski's ankle injury is reportedly "nothing to worry about."

Gronk was added to the injury report Thursday and was reportedly limited because he "wanted to take it easy." Rapsheet added there's "nothing to worry about" as it pertains to Gronk's overall health or availability for Sunday. Gronkowski and the Pats' recent addition Josh Gordon should both be available in Week 3 against the Lions.
Sep 21 - 9:07 AM

Rob Gronkowski (ankle) was added to the injury report as a limited participant at Thursday's practice.

We don't know much about Gronk's injury at the moment and knowing the tight-lipped Patriots, that might remain the case. Late-week additions to the injury report are never a good sign, but there's no real reason to worry yet. On the off chance Gronk sits, it would open up targets for Chris Hogan, James White, etc. etc.
Sep 20 - 4:15 PM

Rob Gronkowski caught 2-of-4 targets for 15 yards in the Patriots' Week 2 loss to the Jaguars.

Gronk rarely squared off with Jalen Ramsey, but it did not matter. Tom Brady lacked sufficient time to let something develop down the field. Gronk should bounce back in a big way against the Lions in Week 3.
Sep 16 - 7:28 PM

Rob Gronkowski caught 7-of-8 targets for 123 yards and a touchdown in the Patriots' Week 1 win over the Texans.

The only blemish was a lost fumble that got tomahawked out from behind. Gronk spiked a 21-yard touchdown on the Patriots' second drive. He destroyed a double team and used some fancy footwork to find the goal line. Gronk caught a lucky break on a 28-yard grab in the second quarter that probably should have been overturned on review. Looking as physically dominant as ever, Gronk gets the Jags' league-best defense in Week 2.
Sep 9 - 4:46 PM

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Patriots were on the verge of trading Rob Gronkowski this offseason but the tight end strongly resisted, claiming he'd rather retire than play for another team.

The Patriots engaged a number of teams in trade talks and were close to pulling the trigger before Gronk intervened, imploring New England to call the deal off. Rapoport added that people close to Gronkowski know the tight end "only wants to catch passes from Tom Brady." Gronkowski considered retirement this offseason but ultimately decided to return following a face-to-face meeting with Bill Belichick in April. To ease some of the tension, the Patriots added performance incentives to the 29-year-old's contract earlier this summer.
Source: NFL.com
Sep 9 - 8:24 AM

The Patriots have given Rob Gronkowski the opportunity to earn $4.3 million more this season through per-game roster bonuses and statistical incentives.

At the highest level, Gronk's salary will jump to $13.05 million if he hits all his bonuses and incentives. On top of his $8 million base, Gronk will earn a $1.1 million bonus -- up to three -- for each of the following: If he plays 80 percent of the Patriots' snaps, catches 70 or more passes, scores nine or more touchdowns, or surpasses 1,085 receiving yards. Nothing else about his contract changes with the added bonuses, meaning Gronk still has two years left on his deal. This is becoming the Patriots' way to keep their star players happy after doing this with Gronk last season and Tom Brady earlier this year.
Aug 30 - 3:33 PM

Rob Gronkowski said his contract situation "is what it is."

Tom Brady had his contract adjusted earlier in training camp, but Gronk has yet to receive the same courtesy. Even so, he is not worried about it. "That's not really my focus," Gronkowski said. "Trying to focus on what I need to really do and just let everything else play out." Gronkowski will earn a base salary of $8 million this season.
Aug 30 - 9:24 AM

Rob Gronkowski surprisingly started the Patriots' third preseason game, but he played only two drives and failed to secure his lone target.

Most importantly, he made it through camp and the preseason healthy. Fantasy’s overall TE1 in three of the last four years, Gronk enters 2018 with as much opportunity as ever with Brandin Cooks and Danny Amendola long gone, Julian Edelman serving a four-game suspension, and Jordan Matthews and Kenny Britt already cut. Gronk is worth considering anywhere in the second round of fantasy drafts as a legitimate threat to lead the NFL in receiving scores.
Aug 24 - 9:16 PM

Profootballtalk reports there's "nothing imminent" in contract talks between the Patriots and Rob Gronkowski.

Gronk has been unhappy all offseason, but surrendered a ton of leverage when he reported to training camp on time. Of course, the Pats are an organization where a holdout probably wouldn't get you very far. The best case for Gronk could be a Julio Jones-esque movement of 2019 money to 2018.
Jul 26 - 8:10 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Rob Gronkowski will not hold out of training camp.

Gronkowski skipped voluntary OTAs over his contract. His training camp status wasn't in doubt after reporting to mandatory minicamp, but the Patriots have yet to restructure his deal. Gronkowski's contract situation should be updated before Week 1.
Jul 17 - 10:05 AM

PFT's Mike Florio reports the Patriots were calling teams about a possible Rob Gronkowski trade before the draft.

This was before Gronk confirmed he wasn't retiring. The Patriots have since opened talks with Gronkowski but have yet to work out a restructure. Gronkowski attended mandatory minicamp and isn't a holdout threat despite his contract situation. He should get an updated deal before Week 1.
Jun 13 - 10:29 AM

ProFootballTalk's Mike Florio reports a new contract for Rob Gronkowski is "likely" but not "imminent."

Gronkowski was the subject of baseless trade rumors last week, but those rumors gained traction in part because of the lingering contract dispute between the Patriots and their star tight end. Gronk earned an additional $5.5 million last season after New England added incentives to his contract. It is unclear if he would accept a similar arrangement this season or is after a real extension. Gronkowski is currently scheduled to earn $17 million in base salary over the final two years of his deal.
Jun 11 - 12:02 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Tom Brady
2Brian Hoyer
RB1James White
2Rex Burkhead
3Kenneth Farrow
4Sony Michel
5Jeremy Hill
GLB1Rex Burkhead
2Jeremy Hill
3RB1James White
2Rex Burkhead
FB1James Develin
WR11Chris Hogan
2Cordarrelle Patterson
WR21Josh Gordon
2Phillip Dorsett
3Corey Coleman
4Julian Edelman
5Matthew Slater
WR31Cordarrelle Patterson
2Corey Coleman
TE1Rob Gronkowski
2Dwayne Allen
3Stephen Anderson
4Jacob Hollister
LT1Trent Brown
LG1Joe Thuney
C1David Andrews
2Brian Schwenke
RG1Shaq Mason
2Ted Karras
RT1Marcus Cannon
2LaAdrian Waddle
K1Stephen Gostkowski