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If Rob Gronkowski really does want new deal, there's a reason why it hasn't happened

Ryan Hannable
April 26, 2018 - 12:52 pm

If Rob Gronkowski wants a new contract, it's going to have to wait.

Some view Gronkowski's actions this offseason as a way for him to get leverage for a new contract, but since his contract was re-worked with incentives for 2017 last year he cannot get a new contract right now.

As pointed out by MMQB's Albert Breer, he cannot get a raise until May 24 since NFL rules don't allow new contracts before a full year has passed -- even if it is just adding incentives. (It's worth noting it could happen before, but significant salary cap hoops would need to be cleared.)

It was reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter that Drew Rosenhaus, Gronkowski's agent, was present at the meeting Tuesday between Bill Belichick and Gronkowski. Why would Rosenhaus be present if money and his contract wasn't talked about? If the meeting was just Belichick ripping Gronkowski for his actions this offseason, Rosenhaus' presence probably wouldn't be necessary.

Bottom line, if you're expecting a new contract for Gronkowski to happen, it officially can't until the end of next month.

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