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Rob Gronkowski | Tight End | #87

Team: New England Patriots
Age / DOB:  (26) / 5/14/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 265
College: Arizona
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 2 (42) / NE
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Rob Gronkowski's contract includes a $250,000 workout bonus for attending 90 percent of the team's offseason practices.
So does Julian Edelman's. Both players are relatively underpaid (Chris Hogan and Danny Amendola both make more than Edelman) but New England has devised a clever way to prevent them from holding out. The Patriots have a history of rewarding players with raises when appropriate so Edelman and Gronkowski should still be well-compensated either through performance incentives or signing bonuses. Apr 3 - 9:34 AM

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Agent Drew Rosenhaus refused to address Rob Gronkowski's contract Sunday at the NFL Owner's Meetings.

Gronk counts just $6.62 million against the cap, far below market value for easily the NFL's best player at his position. Gronkowski mentioned his salary in a passive aggressive tweet earlier this month. Rosenhaus could have put the issue to rest on Sunday but chose not to. While a holdout is unlikely, Gronk seems at least a little miffed the Pats aren't offering him a raise.
Mar 20 - 1:09 PM

Patriots picked up Rob Gronkowski's $10 million option bonus.

New England already paid $4 million of the bonus in August and will pay the other $6 million before the new league year begins. Picking up the option keeps Gronkowski under contract through 2019. Gronk caught 72 passes for 1,176 yards and 11 scores in 15 games last season. He will turn 27 in May.
Mar 7 - 9:30 AM

Rob Gronkowski caught 8-of-15 passes for 144 yards and a touchdown in the Patriots' AFC Championship Game loss to the Broncos.

The Broncos completely erased the Patriots' offense ... except for Gronk. With Tom Brady under siege and Julian Edelman and the running game invisible, Gronk made All-Pro catch after All-Pro catch, singlehandedly extending the game with a pair of fourth-down conversions inside two minutes remaining. The second was a touchdown grab at the back of the end zone where Gronk straddled the end line before catching a ball that would have tied the game with a two-point conversion. Today was everything Gronk's game stands for. Still somehow only 27 years old (in May), Gronk will enter 2016 having caught at least 10 touchdowns in 5-of-5 seasons where he's made a minimum of 11 appearances. After injury threatened to derail his career, Gronk has missed only two games over the past two years. He's a top-five hold in Dynasty leagues.
Jan 24 - 6:54 PM

Rob Gronkowski (knee, back) is active for the AFC Championship Game against Denver.

As is Julian Edelman (foot). Unlike last week, there was never any doubt about Gronk's status this time around. Edelman and Gronk will be the focal points of the game plan for a team without a running game venturing on the road against one of the league's best defenses.
Jan 24 - 1:38 PM

Rob Gronkowski (knee, back) is listed as questionable for Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Broncos.

The Patriots listed a whopping 16 players as questionable leading up to Sunday's AFC Championship in Denver. Gronkowski was among them but there's no way he's missing New England's most important game of the season. Gronk piled on six catches for 88 yards and a touchdown against Denver in Week 12.
Jan 22 - 2:33 PM

Rob Gronkowski (knee, back) remained limited in Thursday's practice.

Gronk is fine, and will be one of the keys to Sunday's AFC title tilt.
Jan 21 - 4:46 PM

Rob Gronkowski (knee, back) was limited at Wednesday's practice.

Every Patriots injury report should be taken with an enormous grain of salt after last week. Gronkowski was a game-time decision against the Chiefs and ended up dominating with seven catches for 83 yards and two touchdowns. Gronk will play his usual number of snaps Sunday against Denver.
Jan 20 - 5:25 PM

Rob Gronkowski played 53-of-58 offensive snaps in Saturday's Divisional Round win over the Chiefs.

So much for being limited. Gronkowski was pegged as a game-time decision with knee and back injuries but ended up playing his full allotment of snaps. He looked unstoppable Saturday, catching seven of eight targets for 83 yards and two touchdowns. Obviously the Pats were laying it on thick with their injury reports this week. Gronk is in good shape and should be ready to go next Sunday against the Broncos or Steelers.
Jan 17 - 8:22 AM

Rob Gronkowski caught 7-of-8 targets for 83 yards and two touchdowns in the Patriots' Divisional Round win over the Chiefs.

All week, the talk was about Gronk battling through knee and back issues, but he looked 100 percent against the Chiefs. It's possible bordering on probable the Pats leaked information making Gronk's issues sound more serious than they actually were. Whatever it was, Gronk's status isn't in doubt for next Sunday's AFC Championship Game.
Jan 16 - 8:28 PM

Rob Gronkowski (knee, back) is active for Saturday's Divisional Round game against the Chiefs.

There was concern over Gronk's status after he missed practice early in the week and required a pain-killing injection, but he was never going to miss a playoff game. Gronkowski's back injury is considered a bigger issue than his knee. His effectiveness playing through multiple injuries is in question, but it shouldn't impact his snaps. Even in a tough matchup, Gronk is a solid DFS play.
Jan 16 - 3:18 PM

CSN New England's Tom Curran reports Rob Gronkowski's back injury is a greater concern than his knee.

Gronk was listed on the Divisional Round injury report with both ailments. Gronkowski received treatment that included an injection into the knee on Thursday. The extent of Gronk's back injury is unknown, but he's undergone two back operations since his sophomore season in college. Gronkowski is expected to play against the Chiefs, but his effectiveness is questionable.
Jan 16 - 1:38 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Rob Gronkowski (knee/back, questionable) will play Saturday against the Chiefs.

Gronk is reportedly dealing with both knee and back injuries, but the extent of both has been disputed. Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio reported the Patriots may be playing up the injuries, but The Boston Herald's Jeff Howe said Gronk is "not going to be anywhere close to one-hundred percent." No matter how hurt he actually is, Gronk was never likely to miss a playoff game. Despite the injuries and tough matchup, Gronkowski is a solid play in a weak tight end group.
Jan 16 - 9:24 AM

Rob Gronkowski (knee, back) is listed as questionable for Saturday's Divisional Round game against the Chiefs.

He was a limited participant at Friday's walkthrough. The NFL's top tight end is headed for a game-time decision. Even if Gronk plays on Saturday, it's unclear how effective he'll be after receiving a pain injection in his knee on Thursday. Danny Amendola (knee) and Julian Edelman (foot) are also listed as questionable.
Jan 15 - 4:29 PM

Rob Gronkowski is also dealing with a back injury.

The Pats updated their Thursday injury report to reflect so. Gronk didn't practice after being limited on Wednesday, and reportedly received a pain-killing injection in his knee. The belief is still that Gronk will suit up against the Chiefs, but he's beginning to look like a game-time decision. If you're building DFS teams ahead of time, leave Gronk's name in pencil.
Jan 14 - 6:59 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Tom Brady
2Jimmy Garoppolo
RB1Dion Lewis
2LeGarrette Blount
3James White
4Brandon Bolden
5Donald Brown
GLB1LeGarrette Blount
2Dion Lewis
3RB1Dion Lewis
2James White
FB1James Develin
2Joey Iosefa
WR11Julian Edelman
2Chris Hogan
3Aaron Dobson
4Matthew Slater
WR21Danny Amendola
2Keshawn Martin
3Nate Washington
4Chris Harper
5DeAndre Carter
WR31Chris Hogan
TE1Rob Gronkowski
2Martellus Bennett
3AJ Derby
4Michael Williams
5Clay Harbor
LT1Nate Solder
2Marcus Cannon
3Cameron Fleming
LG1Shaq Mason
2Josh Kline
C1Bryan Stork
2David Andrews
RG1Jonathan Cooper
2Tre' Jackson
3Chris Barker
RT1Sebastian Vollmer
2LaAdrian Waddle
3Keavon Milton
K1Stephen Gostkowski