Patriots agreed to terms with TE Rob Gronkowski on a six-year, $54 million extension through 2019.
Gronk has not only emerged as the most dominant all-around tight end in the game, he's also off to arguably the greatest start in NFL history at the position. A closer look at the contract details (accessible at the link below) reveals a steal of a deal for the Patriots. They got him for $13.23M in the first three years, and the contract is backloaded without guarantees beyond the third season. Ultimately, only $13.17M is fully guaranteed. Still, the extension suggests the Pats have no qualms about Gronkowski's offseason ankle surgery. Wes Welker may not be thrilled with the news, but the Pats are smart to lock up their young nucleus talent. Gronk is now under New England's control through his age-30 season.