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. 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, he will be the second-highest-paid tight … [Read more...] about Here are the reported incentives in Rob Gronkowski’s reworked contract
With fantasy football drafts in full swing, it’s important to consider the 6-foot-7 playmaker who is as much of a mismatch on the field as he is in average draft position. Rob Gronkowski, the Patriots’ 29-year-old tight end, can be seen as a fantasy enigma. He’s consistently ranked in the top 25 players to draft, yet plays a position fundamentally regarded as one of the least important to pick early. So, what exactly is Gronkowski’s fantasy value? It’s a question that’s pondered every season by fantasy newcomers and veterans alike. Here’s a rundown of what the experts have to say. First, to get a sense of how Gronkowski is rated in comparison with his fellow tight ends, Pro Football Focus got right to the point: He now owns five of the highest six grades we have ever given a tight end, and a career average of 2.40 yards per route run – a figure only two other players at the position have eclipsed over a single season in the time … [Read more...] about How experts view Rob Gronkowski’s fantasy football value
Quarterback Tom Brady made his preseason debut Thursday against the Philadelphia Eagles, but he took the field without one of his favorite targets. Tight end Rob Gronkowski — who has yet to take a snap this preseason — remained sidelined during the Patriots’ 37-20 win over the Eagles. The 29-year-old told reporters Sunday at Gillette Stadium he doesn’t know if he’ll see any action during New England’s third preseason game Friday against the Carolina Panthers. “It’s always a coach’s decision on whether or not I’m playing in these games or not,” Gronkowski said. “I’m ready at all times. Whatever it is this week, I don’t know the situation, but I’m ready to play. If I have to play, I’m ready to do whatever I get asked. I’ll prepare all week like I’m going to play, like I do every other week.” Gronkowski played in two preseason games last year, recording one catch for nine … [Read more...] about Rob Gronkowski reacts to not playing in the Patriots’ first two preseason games
Rob Gronkowski grew up brawling with four brothers — “mayhem,” as he described it. His mother, Diane, let them settle disputes among themselves, while his father Gordie added one caveat. “He loved the competition but he had one rule: You can never ever throw a punch to the face or to the nuts,” the Patriots tight end recalled on Chase’s “Kneading Dough” series. “Everything else.” The rough-and-tumble rule worked as four Gronkowski’s made it to the NFL and a fifth played professional baseball. But the two-time Super Bowl champion left upstate New York with another guiding principle: frugality. In the interview with Maverick Carter, Gronkowski reiterated that he still has yet to touch any of the money he’s made from the NFL, relying instead on his endorsement deals. “You see my NFL money, how much I made, I got way more than that baby,” he laughed. The 29-year-old noted he grew up wearing hand-me-downs … [Read more...] about Rob Gronkowski reveals the one rule his father had for his brothers growing up
Sports Illustrated swimsuit model and former New England Patriots cheerleader Camille Kostek can’t wait to get back to St. Thomas, her favorite vacation spot. But for now, the 26-year-old’s work as a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model, television host, and creator of a jewelry line – the Voyager collection from Dune Jewelry — is keeping her too busy to fit in any vacation fun. Kostek is from Killingworth, Conn., and now calls Beverly Hills, Calif., home. She is in the 2018 SI swimsuit issue and will be in the 2019 edition, too. We caught up with Kostek, whose boyfriend is Patriots star tight end Rob Gronkowski, to talk about all things travel. Favorite vacation destination? St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands. This is one of the first tropical destinations that I traveled to as a kid, and continue to visit to this day. St. Thomas is where my mother grew up and where some of my family still resides. It’s one of my favorite getaways — I also love … [Read more...] about Is a Hawaii trip in the cards for SI swimsuit model Camille Kostek and Rob Gronkowski?