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Mike Florio on K&C: Rob Gronkowski didn't play hardball needed to get maximum value from Patriots

Ryan Hannable
September 28, 2018 - 1:23 pm

Earlier this week on Kirk & Callahan, Chris Gronkowski, the brother of Rob Gronkowski, said this offseason Rob wanted to get paid what he deserves, which is like one of the top tight ends in all of football.

Gronkowski didn't get a new contract, instead he got performance-based incentives added, which will add up to $4.3 million to his deal. The only problem is he's not guaranteed to reach all those incentives, especially with the way he's started the season.

Appearing on Kirk & Callahan Friday morning, Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio said Gronkowski ultimately didn't play the hardball needed to maximize his value.

“I think ultimately Gronk wasn’t willing to be as aggressive as other players have been," Florio said. "He wasn’t willing to hold out I think because he realized, ‘You know what, they just aren’t going to bat an eye.’ I think they played that well, I might be retiring thing in February into April and it never really got the Patriots to waiver. They didn’t come to him and say, ‘We’ll pay you a lot of money to commit to us.’ They just said, ‘If this guy is thinking of not playing, let’s see if we can get value for him in trades.’

"The Patriots played it the right way and Gronk wasn’t wired to play the kind of hardball that you need to play to get the maximum value. The reality is I don’t think you can play the level of hardball necessary to get the Patriots to blink because they just don’t.”

Gronkowski is signed through next season, although he's on the books for a base salary of $9 million.

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