|Rob Gronkowski: Contract ‘not on my mind at all’||04.21.16 at 5:05 pm ET|
As he starts his time in the Patriots’ offseason program, Rob Gronkowski says he has no worries when it comes to his contract situation.
“No, that’s not on my mind at all,” the Patriots tight end said in an interview with For The Win. “I started offseason workouts (this week). It just feels great to be back with the team working out, getting back in football shape and getting prepared for the season.”
In March, after the Patriots picked up Gronkowski option that will keep him around Foxboro through 2019, he Tweeted out that the move “basically equals a pay cut the next (four) seasons,” a statement that led some to believe that he was unhappy with his current deal, especially after seeing the likes of Dwayne Allen sign a four-year, $30 million contract with the Colts.
Gronkowski said the focus right now is “just playing football again.”
He added: “Whenever you’re away from it for a little bit, it feels good. But after a little bit, I miss it so much. And you can’t wait to be back on the field playing games again.”
For more on how many onesies he owns, an update on his new show on Nickelodeon and his thoughts on Kobe Bryant’s last game, check out the full interview here.
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|Via Instagram, new Pats TE Martellus Bennett answers Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski||04.03.16 at 1:48 pm ET|
Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski engaged in some social media fun last week (as well as Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola). But when new tight end Martellus Bennett heard about the exchange between the quarterback and tight end, he decided to join in on the hijinks.
|Rob Gronkowski, Tom Brady engage in more April Fools hijinks on Facebook||04.01.16 at 6:44 pm ET|
Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski appear to be cramming in as much social media fun as possible before the Patriots’ offseason program starts later this month.
Tom Brady put out the call for offseason pass catchers earlier in the week, and Danny Amendola and Julian Edelman responded. On Friday, Rob Gronkowski joined in the fun.
|Rob Gronkowski joins Instagram in typical Gronk fashion||03.29.16 at 1:22 pm ET|
As he does with most things in life, Rob Gronkowski joined Instagram in epic fashion.
The Patriots tight end posted his first video Tuesday afternoon with him doing a number of different things announcing his account. He’s the first athlete to be able to post a 60-second video.
See for yourself.
|Rex Ryan: ‘I have no idea’ how Bills will defend Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett||03.22.16 at 12:51 pm ET|
While Bill Belichick wasn’t interested in pumping the tires of new tight end Martellus Bennett on Tuesday, Bills coach Rex Ryan sounds like a guy whose job just got a whole lot harder.
Ryan was asked what course of action he might utilize when it comes to stopping the Patriots’ new tight end combination of Bennett and Rob Gronkowski.
“I have no idea,” Ryan told reporters at the AFC coaches’ breakfast. “I just think it’s unusual to have two guys that are like 6-[foot]-7 and can run, catch, block. So, yeah, it’s going to be a major challenge. There’s no doubt about that. It’s scary when you look at them. Those are two huge guys. How we’re going to defend them, I don’t know.”
Pressed for a comparison, Ryan was stumped.
“I can’t really think of one,” he said. “I remember Kansas City had [Tony] Gonzalez and [Jason Dunn] from Eastern Kentucky at one point, but that’s hardly these two. Gonzalez is as good as anybody, but I don’t know. It’s going to be interesting.”
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|Robert Kraft: Rob Gronkowski ‘quite happy’ with Patriots||03.21.16 at 1:25 pm ET|
Rob Gronkowski and his contract situation has come up this past week and furthered when his agent Drew Rosenhaus wouldn’t discuss it with CSNNE’s Tom E. Curran over the weekend.
With Gronkowski’s $10 million team option kicking in a few weeks ago, he’s signed through 2019 and will make roughly $6 million this year, $7 million next year, $11 million in 2018 and $12 million in 2019.
After the team option kicked in, he joked on Twitter about his option essentially being a pay cut, but inferred he doesn’t play for the money.
Some have speculated maybe Gronkowski is in fact unhappy with his contract — with other tight ends making significantly more than he is — but Robert Kraft isn’t one of them.
“Every time I see him, he’s smiling,” Kraft told reporters at the NFL owners meetings on Monday. “He hugs me. He almost lifts me up. I think he’s quite happy to be here and we love having him. We got him a partner in Martellus Bennett. We think they should be a pretty fun combo for our fans to watch this year. And I know that Tom Brady is very happy with that addition.”
As for the people who believe he’s underpaid?
“I’m waiting for one of these same people to come and say, ‘We’re overpaid. Please take that money and give it to some of my other friends who play on the team.’ We’re doing the best we can,” Kraft said. “When you’re privileged to be successful — everybody believes that their contribution is maybe sometimes greater than it is. I was talking with one of the senior folks at the Broncos and they have an interesting situation going on there now where everybody is coming and wants their fair share. We understand.”
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