Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski still open to extension with clock ticking

By Rachel Wold

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski hopes to eventually land a contract extension. Though, the time to get a new deal done before the regular season starts is quickly running out.

Addressing questions about a new contract, and in particular tight end pay being combined with wide receiver pay, Gronk had this to say.

Surely, the blockbuster mega deal that New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. just landed sparked up this topic. Beckham just became the highest-paid at his position and will earn $18 million on average per year for the next five seasons.

Regarding Gronkowski, he earns an average of $9 million per year on a contract that takes him through the 2019 season. Contract talks have taken place over the summer, but no new deal has come to fruition.

Gronk is one of the best at his position and certainly deserves to be paid accordingly. Though he is 29 years old, and also flirted with the idea of retirement earlier in the offseason. Gronk also has a lot of wear and tear on him, having recording 474 catches for 7,179 yards and 76 touchdowns in eight seasons.

We will see soon enough if the Patriots and Gronk come to an agreement prior to the Sept. 9 kickoff.