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New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is in an interesting predicament after the NFL announced on Tuesday that it would uphold the player’s one-game suspension after appeal.
Not only will the player be out for Monday Night Football against the Miami Dolphins, but Gronk will be out some big bucks.
Due to the structure of Gronkowski’s contract, the suspension could cost him much more than originally anticipated. A great deal of his contract is performance-based, with achievement tiers that bring him differing amounts of money.
Here’s the breakdown of his contract and the costliness of his late hit:
Gronkowski has a base salary of $4.25 million and will lose 1/17th of it: $250,000
Gronkowski also will lose the chance to earn his per-game roster bonus: $31,250
That adds up to $281,250 for missing a week of work.
However, on top of that, missing the game against the Dolphins could cause him to miss out on some seriously sweet incentives.
Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Gronkowski has multiple tiers in his contract that increases his earnings if he reaches certain milestones:
- First tier: Gronk gets $10.75 million with either 90 percent play time, 80 catches, 1,200 receiving yards or All-Pro recognition (which he has made four times).
- Second tier: The Pats pay Gronk $8.75 million if he reaches 80 percent play time, 70 catches, 1,000 receiving yards or 12 touchdowns.
- Third tier: Gronkowski receives $6.75 million if he reaches 70 percent play time, 60 receptions, 800 receiving yards or 10 TDs.
Gronk currently sits at 55 catches on the year for 849 yards. He has played 83.4 percent of offensive snaps.
After missing the game against Miami, the player will have just three games to reach the second or first tier, clearly less than an ideal amount of time. One late hit could potentially be the difference in several millions of dollars for Gronkowski.