Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski can earn up to $3.3 million in performance-based incentives, according to multiple reports Thursday afternoon.
Gronkowski — who was scheduled to make $9 million this year — has the opportunity to max out his deal if he hits three of the following statistical milestones during the regular season: 70 receptions, 80 percent playing time, nine touchdown receptions, and 1,085 receiving yards. Each incentive is worth $1.1 million.
The targets are all a touch higher than Gronkowski’s numbers last season, in which he logged 69 receptions, 79.3 percent playing time, eight touchdown receptions, and 1,084 receiving yards. The injury-prone 29-year-old played 14 games, which means staying healthy will be imperative for him to reach the necessary benchmarks next year. Gronkowski can also earn $1 million in game bonuses, making his contract’s max value $13.05 million.
If he does earn the max value, Gronkowski will be the highest-paid tight end in the league.
Patriots reworked TE Rob Gronkowski’s contract, adding $4.3 million to his contract this year, per @RosenhausSports
Added $1 million in per game bonuses and $3.3 million in incentives, boosting max value to $13.050 million. Similar to Tom Brady structure. pic.twitter.com/XYy6xIg5Iu
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 30, 2018