Breaking down Gronk extension

June, 8, 2012
On Friday, the Patriots and Rob Gronkowski agreed to a six-year contract extension that has the potential of keeping him in New England through 2019. The following is a breakdown of the framework of the deal, provided by ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter:

Gronkowski's new contract tacks on six years beyond his rookie deal, which was set to expire following the 2013 season. It includes $16.5 million in new guaranteed money.

2012 season
Base salary: $540,000 (guaranteed for skill, injury, and cap)
Signing bonus: $8 million (prorated)

2013 season
Base salary: $630,000 (guaranteed for skill, injury, and cap)

2014 season
Base salary: $3.75 million (guaranteed for skill, injury, and cap)

2015 season
Base salary: $4.75 million (conditional guarantee for skill, injury, and cap)
Option bonus: $10 million (prorated; if exercised, extends deal through 2019)

2016 season
Base salary: $2.25 million (non-guaranteed)

2017 season
Base salary: $4.25 million (non-guaranteed)

2018 season
Base salary: $8 million (non-guaranteed)

2019 season
Base salary: $9 million (non-guaranteed)

Mike Rodak

ESPN Buffalo Bills reporter



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