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BOSTON (CBS) – Touted as one of the best tight ends in the NFL, Rob Gronkowski may be set to get a raise from the New England Patriots.
Multiple reports have the Patriots and Gronkowski agreeing to, or close to agreeing to, a deal or extension that would replace the final two years of the 23-year-old’s rookie deal.
CBSSports.com’s Jason La Canfora is reporing the deal could be announced as soon as Friday, saying the contract “is very close to completion and the extension would stretch beyond his current deal.”
This is certainly out of the ordinary for the Patriots, but Gronkowski is no ordinary player. A second-round pick in 2010, Gronkowski has 132 receptions, 1,873 yards and 27 touchdowns in his two NFL seasons.
Last season, Gronkowski led the Patriots with 17 touchdowns, and was second on the team with 90 receptions for 1,327 yards.
Gronkowski has yet to take the field for the Patriots as he recovers from off-season ankle surgery. He suffered a high ankle sprain in New England’s win over the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Championship, and was held to just two receptions for 26 yards in the Patriots’ Super Bowl loss to the New York Giants.
Under his rookie deal, Gronkowski was set to make a base salary in $540,000 in 2012 and $575,000 in 2013.