Three words: Gronk. Is. Back.
A healthy Gronk, even in May, is good news for all parties involved: the Patriots, their fans, the league, their fans and, most importantly, Gronk himself. Thanks to a recent contract restructuring, the tight end could earn up to $5.5 million more than his original base salary in 2017 if he either plays 90 percent of the time, records 80 catches, tallies 1,200 receiving yards or becomes an All-Pro.
If staying healthy wasn't Gronk's main objective beforehand, as difficult as that has been, it sure is now.
There's a long way to go until the tight end can start cashing in on his new deal. But this week's news of Gronkowski's "full-go" practices is nothing if not highly encouraging for the win-now, win-tomorrow, win-forever Patriots and their loyal disciples.