The Patriots inked Rob Gronkowski, former Arizona Wildcat tight end, to a four year rookie contract – the deal can be worth up to $4.4 million dollars. Gronkowski joins Alge Crumpler and fellow draft-pick Aaron Hernandez at the TE spot on the Patriots roster.
After a breakthrough season in 2008, Gronkowski missed the 2009 NCAA Season with a back injury. Bill Belichick and company took a calculated risk in selecting Gronkowski, but his tantalizing skills in the red-zone proved to be too tempting to pass on.
Gronkowski is a traditional, balanced end that can throw a decent block. Expect to see him in nearly all two-TE sets, as the Patriots other TE’s are much more specialized. Alge Crumpler is almost a 3rd OT at this stage in his career, while Aaron Hernandez is more of a WR/H-back.
If Belichick makes good on his gamble, expect announcers to enjoy calling out “GRONNNK” early and often.