Patriots' Rob Gronkowski is now highest-paid TE in NFL history
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Patriots' Rob Gronkowski is now highest-paid TE in NFL history

Coming off of an historic 2011 season, New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski @RobGronkowski has signed a contract that sets its own piece of history. Gronkowski agreed to a six-year contract extension Friday worth up to $54 million in new money, which gives Gronkowski the richest deal for a tight end in NFL history. It includes an $8 million signing bonus. Since he is already under contract through the 2013 season, Gronkowski will remain a Patriot through 2019 if he plays out the entire extension.
Gronkowski scored 18 total touchdowns, 17 receiving, last year -- both NFL records for tight ends. He caught 90 passes and ended up with 1,327 receiving yards.

Fantasy Analysis:

Gronk was absolutely brilliant last season. But you won't see me paying for 2011 stats. If someone wants to take him in the second-round of a 12-team draft, be my guest. I just don't see how he can pull off a repeat. Plus, tight end is so deep with talent yet again this season, the value move is to wait, wait, wait.

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