Michael Hoomanawanui earning his pay


FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Patriots tight end Michael Hoomanawanui is coming off a career-best day on Sunday, racking up 57 yards on four catches while serving as the team's No. 1 option at the position.

It's the job he's held in Rob Gronkowski's absence, and while he hasn't had Gronk-like production, "Hooman" has been a steady under-the-radar contributor.

One of the notable aspects to his performance is how it relates to his contract, as the fourth-year pro restructured his deal prior to the season.

He is now earning a base salary of $630,000 for this season, with the ability to make $1 million in total earnings based on playing-time incentives, laid out below:

$125,000 if he plays 25 percent of snaps

$250,000 if he plays 35 percent of snaps

$370,000 if he plays 45 percent of snaps

Through six games, Hoomanawanui has played 354 of 449 offensive snaps (including penalties), or 78.8 percent. While his snaps could tail off when Gronkowski returns to the lineup, he has a very good shot to reach at least one of his playing-time incentives.

Even if he doesn't, Hoomanawanui has proven to be an important piece of the offensive puzzle.