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Rob Gronkowski has work cut out to hit performance-based incentives

Ryan Hannable
October 26, 2018 - 9:53 am

Rob Gronkowski has some work to do.

The Patriots tight end signed a new deal this offseason to add some performance-based incentives into his contract. Gronkowski needs 70 receptions, 1,085 yards and nine touchdowns, but after missing last week's game against the Bears he's behind.

Right now, he has 26 catches for 405 yards and a touchdown on the year, which means he's on pace for 59 catches, 926 yards and two touchdowns. Not to mention there's also an incentive of playing 80 percent or more of the snaps, and after missing the game with the Bears he's at 79 percent for the year.

For Gronkowski to reach the numbers needed (and earn $1.1 million for each, but up to $3.3 million) he needs to average 4.9 catches, 76 yards, roughly a touchdown in the remaining nine games. This also means he has to play in all nine, which likely will be easier said than done now that he's dealing with a back injury in addition to an ankle.

Also, he's only had more than four catches and 76 yards in a game twice this season.

It's worth wondering how this will impact Gronkowski's status in games moving forward.

Sure, Gronkowski wants to reach his incentives, but if it gets to the point where he has no chance to get them, maybe he would be more apt to sit out games to rest his body to ensure he's fully healthy for the playoffs.

Seems like something to monitor in the coming weeks.

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