The offseason drama surrounding Rob Gronkowski's uncertain status with the New England Patriots going forward has been one of the more agonizing sideshows in recent NFL memory.
We actually found ourselves openly entertaining the idea that the single biggest matchup nightmare in football might actually walk away from the game at the top of his prime simply because the man wanted to step away and clear his head after a trying season that ended in a devastating Super Bowl defeat.
But now, it's like none of that ever happened. Jeff Howe of The Athletic reports that the Pats are close to completing a restructure of Gronk's contract.
While it is not currently confirmed as to whether the restructure constitutes a simple pay bump on his current deal through 2019 or an actual extension, this is nothing but good news for the New England faithful.
#Patriots owner Robert Kraft says Rob Gronkowski will be there for minicamp, as well. Sounds confident in the outcome.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 23, 2018
Gronk initially signed a six-year, $54-million deal in 2012. He restricted that deal last year and it appears the Patriots will make some more adjustments to keep their star TE healthy.
With Gronkowski skipping voluntary offseason workouts, there was plenty of room for malaise to set in and conspiratorial yarns about the purported drama inside the Pats organization to unravel themselves. Now, there's something more to look forward to-- a well-paid Gronk ready to roll when mandatory minicamp kicks off next month.