Patriots play it safe with Hernandez's deal

Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez says he only failed one drug test in college, despite reports to the contrary.

Whatever the truth is, Hernandez’s off-field problems cost him in terms of 2010 pay.  The details of his four-year contract are eye-opening.  Albert Breer of the Boston Globe writes that Hernandez only received a $200,000 signing bonus, $308,000 less than Bears defensive end Corey Wooten, taken four spots in front of him.

Hernandez can make that money back and then some in the form of roster bonuses if he makes the team in 2011, 2012, and 2013. So Hernandez will be fine if he stays out of trouble and performs well.

But there’s a reason you don’t see many rookie deals like this.  It doesn’t contain a lot of security.  It makes us wonder if something like a failed test or placement in the league’s substance abuse program is already at play here. After all, the Patriots knew Hernandez’s history when they drafted him. 

He paid for that history once with falling draft stock, and just paid for it again.

30 responses to “Patriots play it safe with Hernandez's deal

  1. If the Bengals had taken a player like Hernandez, they’d get ripped by the media and football fans. But, since the Deities that are Bob Kraft and Bill Belichick selected him, they’re labeled as “geniuses that got a draft steal.” Whatever, at the least the Bengals got the BEST Tight End in the draft in Jermaine Gresham. Guaranteed he’s a better player than Gronkowski or Hernandez.

  2. He only pays for it if he slips up. This is the type of team-friendly deal that very few prospects seem to be amenable. That tells you something about the character of the kid, give him credit, he wants to prove he’s straightened up.

  3. Makes sense to me that they pay him only if he does what he’s supposed to do. I think he’ll grow up a bit and everything will be ok. If he chronics himself out of the league, screw him.

  4. Despite the fact the government’s War-On-Drugs is a total joke, and any college kid who hasn’t smoked a joint should be considered a socially autistic psycopath, can we really blame the big business NFL for not taking advantage?

  5. so he has to EARN his salary? huh, what a novel idea!
    I think he’s going to be a stud for the Pats as their #2 TE.

  6. Pats got lots of draft picks but did they get any players?
    Look like they miss their ex- GM badly.

  7. “Bengals got the BEST Tight End in the draft in Jermaine Gresham” ughhh…maybe that’s why he was picked ahead of them both??????

  8. This is the pothead that’s supposed to be a BEAST…bwahaahaahaahaahaa.
    With that HUGE bonus he can come to camp in a 1960 Chevy pickup truck.

  9. There is a good opportunity on the Pats for this player to earn a spot on the roster This will allow him to learn from Alge Crumpler and Randy Moss what it takes to play in the NFL. The Patriots have former players in house to help the young guys adjust to their new life. The record of devient behavior in Foxboro by players is almost nonexistant. If the Bengals had thought of this plan many of the young men who have been unfortunate to play there might be free of a criminal record. Incentive pay is in the future for many in the league. Owners are sick and tired of watching these immature kids pocket millions then destroy themselves and their teams.

  10. He’s a talented guy. It’ll be interesting to see how he translates to the nfl

  11. # TheBengal13 says: June 9, 2010 6:44 PM
    If the Bengals had taken a player like Hernandez, they’d get ripped by the media and football fans. But, since the Deities that are Bob Kraft and Bill Belichick selected him, they’re labeled as “geniuses that got a draft steal.” Whatever, at the least the Bengals got the BEST Tight End in the draft in Jermaine Gresham. Guaranteed he’s a better player than Gronkowski or Hernandez.
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    First of all, no one can predict who will be better. I happen to think you’re an idiot for guaranteeing that. Second, the Patriots cut ties with felons, thieves, wife-beaters and the like.. the Bengals DON’T, thus the reputation. Idiot.

  12. Got to agree with the “bengal 13” anything Belicheat does the media proclaims him a football god.

  13. I would love to hear the sources this story came from. A fourth round pick doesn’t sign for big money in the first place. Can Florio tell us who told him the contract was based on a drug test in college?

  14. Shouldn’t EVERY rookie get a deal like this? All they did was play in minor league football. Shouldn’t their deals be built to EARN their money? I’m sorry, but JaMarcus Russel most definitely should have signed a deal like this. It protects the teams from wasting money and motivates the player to do well. Nothing should be guaranteed except a fair shot.

  15. @TheBengal13
    The difference here is that the Patriots players rarely get in trouble in patriots uniforms (while on the team… not while on the field).
    Also, this guy isn’t some scrub special teamer with a bad reputaiton like Pacman Jones, but a quality h-back/TE (arguably a top 3 TE in the draft).
    You’re right, but your wrong.

  16. I see a possible trend starting in the NFL….
    No more “show me the money”for rookies…
    It just may be “show me the talent”instead…

  17. Patsie’s new personnel philosophy – “draft known druggies so we don’t have to pay them as much”
    Brilliant!!

  18. little known fact Florio – we now know Hernandez had a torn muscle in his back – perhaps another reason for his draft fall.
    and as for pats haters who want to compare the bungles to the patriots – when Belichick signs a guy with history what happens? answer – nothing. Dillon, Moss and others with question marks have been model citizens legally in N.E. Cincinatti – not so much.

  19. 100/24/7 says: June 9, 2010 6:55 PM
    He only pays for it if he slips up. This is the type of team-friendly deal that very few prospects seem to be amenable. That tells you something about the character of the kid, give him credit, he wants to prove he’s straightened up.
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    “Give him credit” for what, being a full fledged idiot?
    They have him over a barrel.
    Please explain, I have to hear this.

  20. Mark my words, Pot will be legal in California!
    Weed will replace tobacco as the new cash crop.
    It’s the only way California will keep from Bankruptcy…The local Governments will tax it to stay solvent.
    They shouldn’t test for it anyway, in no way does it give anyone an edge, unless you’re in an eating contest!

  21. Steelers personnel philosophy
    Abusers of women, wives and drugs is the prototype of players that the Steelers scouting department look for.
    Any underage woman who shows up at a bar with a urine colored Steelers towel gets free shots courtesy of Ben Roetlisberger the face of the organization.

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