Patriots, Rob Gronkowski reportedly closing in on new deal


Rob Gronkoswki was looking for a new deal, and it sounds like he’s about to get it.

The Patriots’ All-Pro tight end skipped voluntary workouts earlier this offseason because he was reportedly unhappy with his current contract . According to Jeff Howe of “The Athletic,” the Patriots and Gronkowski are close to a new deal.

That’s good news for the AFC East champs. As it currently stands, Gronkowski is only signed through 2019 season. He’s set to earn $8 million in base salary in 2018. He could also make an additional $750,000 for per-game roster bonuses and a $250,000 workout bonus.

Regardless of how the Thomas situation plays out for the short and long term, two things are clear. One is the end of the Legion of Boom as we once knew it.

The other: A situation like Thomas’ displays how hard it is for older veteran players (other than quarterbacks) to continue to receive high salaries even when they’re still playing at a Pro-Bowl level.

“I am thrilled to have been selected to be the next owner of the Carolina Panthers,” Tepper said in a statement from the team. “I have learned a great deal about the community and the team over the past several months and look forward to becoming part of the Carolinas. I want to thank Jerry Richardson and the other Panthers partners for all they have done to establish and develop the NFL in the Carolinas. It has been a remarkable 25-year journey and I promise to build upon the Panthers’ success on the field and in the community.”

Tepper was able to buy the team after Richardson put it up for sale hours after a Sports Illustrated story regarding his alleged workplace misconduct.

That closed the book on the run of the only former NFL player to own a team, as the North Carolina-native said goodbye.

“Bringing the Panthers and the NFL to the Carolinas in 1993 was enormously fulfilling for Rosalind and me and all of our partners,” Richardson said. “We are deeply grateful for the outpouring of support over the last 25 years. You have taken the Panthers into your hearts and made them part of this warm and supportive community. We want to thank all of our past and present players, coaches and staff for their hard work in making the Panthers a great success both on the field and in the community. The personal relationships we have enjoyed have been very meaningful to us.ravens_158

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