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Is Rob Gronkowski The Best Bargain In Football?

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Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots celebrates after scoring a touchdown late in the second quarter against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on November 13, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots celebrates after scoring a touchdown late in the second quarter against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on November 13, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

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BOSTON (CBS) – With the monster numbers and tight end records he put up this season, New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has been seen as a steal after being drafted in the second round two years ago.

But how about a bargain? Gronkowski is certainly up there in giving his team the most bang for their buck.

Gronkowski has been nominated as one of five finalists for the 2011 Vizio Top Value Performer Award. The award recognizes NFL players whose on-field performance most exceeded the value of their contract.

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Gronkowski’s 2011 production: 1,327 receiving yards, 17 receiving touchdowns.

Gronkowski’s 2011 salary: $405,000.00

Sounds like a pretty good bargain for the Patriots.

Also up for the award are Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz (82 receptions, 9 TDs, salary $405k), Bears running back Matt Forte (997 rush yards, $555k), Cowboys receiver Laurent Robinson (11 TDs, salary $685k) and 49ers linebacker NaVarro Bowman (143 tackles, salary $580.5k).

The winner is determined by online fan voting, which closes midnight January 23. The winner will be announced later that week.

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