Gronkowski is expected to compete with veteran tight end Alge Crumpler and rookie Aaron Hernandez for playing time as well as a starting job. At 6'6" 265 pounds, Gronkowski is a balanced tight end who can make an impact as both a pass catcher and a blocker. While he was widely considered a first round talent, he slipped to the second round after a back injury caused him to miss his junior season at Arizona.
Update: The deal is for four years and a total of $4.44 million for Gronkowski. Each year will carry minimum base salaries, with the majority of the last two years fully guaranteed. The deal also includes a $1.76 million signing bonus. Full contract details are on ProFootballTalk.com.