Gronkowski agrees Pats stay
Patriots tight end signs long-term contract
Last Updated: 09/06/12 2:40pm
Rob Gronkowski: Reportedly signs a six-year contract extension with the Patriots
Rob Gronkowski has reportedly agreed to stay with the New England Patriots for another six years after signing an extended contract through 2019.
Although the Patriots did not announce the deal, the report on the National Football League's (NFL) website said Gronkowski agreed to a $54 million (£34.8m) contract.
The new deal, which was tagged on to his rookie contract, would make him the highest paid tight end in the history of NFL.
According to sources cited by NFL.com, Gronkowski's deal included an $8 million (£5.1m) signing bonus, $13 million (£8.4m) guaranteed for skill and $18 million (£11.6m) guaranteed for injury.
Gronkowski was a second-round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft and set single-season records for tight ends last season with 1,327 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns on 90 receptions.
But he suffered an ankle injury in the AFC Championship Game win over Baltimore and was restricted in his movement during the Super Bowl loss to the New York Giants.