FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski lost the appeal of his one-game suspension, which means he is out for this Monday night’s game against the Miami Dolphins in South Florida.
Let’s look at what the suspension costs Gronkowski financially:
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
So the suspension will cost Gronkowski $281,250, and also threatens his chances to earn extra money in incentives as part of the sweetened contract he had signed in May.
Gronkowski currently has 55 catches for 849 yards and seven touchdowns, as he has played 83.4 percent of the offensive snaps.
As ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported in May, Gronkowski has multiple tiers in his contract that increases his earnings if he hits certain benchmarks. From Schefter’s piece:
First tier, which gets Gronkowski $10.75 million with either 90 percent play time, 80 catches, 1,200 receiving yards or All-Pro recognition (which he’s made four times).
Second tier, which gets Gronkowski $8.75 million if he reaches 80 percent play time, 70 catches, 1,000 receiving yards or 12 touchdowns.
Third tier, which gets Gronkowski $6.75 million if he reaches 70 percent play time, 60 receptions, 800 receiving yards or 10 TDs.
By missing the game against the Dolphins, Gronkowski will have three remaining games (at Pittsburgh, vs. Buffalo, vs. N.Y. Jets) to possibly put himself in the best position to reach as many incentives as possible. Probably the biggest takeaway is that missing the Dolphins’ game will make it impossible for him to hit 90 percent playing time.