Gronk, Dwanye Allen sign re-worked deals with the Patriots

Nancy Lane | Boston Herald

New England Patriots tight ends, Rob Gronkowski and Dwayne Allen have reworked their deals with the team.

According to ESPN’s Mike Reiss and Adam Schefter, the Patriots have added $4.3 million in incentives for Gronk this season; while Field Yates reports that fellow tight end Dwayne Allen will receive less than the $4.5 million base salary he was set at this year.

Gronkowski can earn $1 million in per-game roster bonuses, while the other $3.3 million can be made by reaching three of the following four incentives:

$1.1 million for 70 or more catches

$1.1 million for 1,085 receiving yards

$1.1 million for 80 percent playing time

$1.1 million for nine or more touchdown catches

On the opposite side of the spectrum, veteran Allen will take a pay cut to lock down his roster spot. Allen has been said to be “a strong locker room presence, hard worker and dominant blocker” which is why both he and the Patriots wanted him to stick around.

Allen played in every game last season, so his durability and longevity could play a role in run-blocking and pass protecting to allow more open options for Gronk.

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