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No contract negotiations for Aaron Hernandez, Patriots

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With Rob Gronkowski under contract for the rest of the decade, questions have cropped up about the Patriots’ plans for their other tight end.

Aaron Hernandez was drafted two rounds after Gronkowski in 2010 and he has turned in 124 catches for 1,473 yards in his first two seasons. Those numbers aren’t quite as big as Gronkowski’s, but they don’t come with the same level of blocking skill that Gronkowski offers. That’s why it is unlikely Hernandez will see anything like the $54 million Gronkowski got in his extension.

Will Hernandez get an extension at all? Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports no talks are afoot on a deal for Hernandez. Howe suggests Hernandez should follow Gronkowski’s lead and “jump on the guaranteed money ahead of time.” It’s a pretty big assumption that the choice belongs to Hernandez.

He still has two years left on his rookie deal and Gronkowski’s deal means that the franchise tag will be available for the Pats after the 2013 season. Paying two tight ends a large chunk of the salary cap might not be wise, but the predicted value of the tag wouldn’t be too much for New England to swallow. And that’s jumping to the conclusion that nothing changes in the next two years to make that prospect less appealing.

There’s no reason to think Hernandez is going to be anywhere but New England, but there’s also no reason to assume that an extension for him is next on New England’s to-do list.

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29 Responses to “No contract negotiations for Aaron Hernandez, Patriots”
  1. giantsfan82 says: Jun 10, 2012 12:40 PM

    He’ll play out this year on the same contract and then get a nice pay raise next year.

  2. skoobyfl says: Jun 10, 2012 12:44 PM

    The Buffalo Bills have already taken steps to counter both of them, so why bother ?

  3. jrfrom508 says: Jun 10, 2012 12:51 PM

    Huge fan of Hernando here- I have a feeling he’s all about the Benjamin’s and I’m cool with that but it most likely means someone will offer him more money than he’s worth, and it won’t be Bill Belichick.
    I hope he’s a Patriot for life but for now I’m just happy Gronk is locked in and we can enjoy watching these two together for at least two more years.

  4. paul82461 says: Jun 10, 2012 12:52 PM

    dont count the games Hernandez was hurt and the stats are closer than you think.

  5. descendency says: Jun 10, 2012 12:57 PM

    NE can’t afford to let a young receiver (TE or WR) walk. They are already thin. The good WRs are old.

  6. scapistron says: Jun 10, 2012 1:01 PM

    The way Hernandez plays is admirable but he is simply too hard on his body to have a long career. Time and time again he would fight for an extra yard or two after he already picked up a first down instead of simply stepping out of bounds.

  7. cylondetector says: Jun 10, 2012 1:03 PM

    You know its a slow news day when you get to hear about footballers who aren’t having contract negotiations 2 years before their rookie deal expires.

  8. jsesquire says: Jun 10, 2012 1:12 PM

    Wait, so a guy with 2 years left on his deal isn’t currently negotiating?!? That sounds like a story.

  9. moneymike23 says: Jun 10, 2012 1:15 PM

    How the hell did this guy fall to the 4th round??? He is better than most of the starting TE’s in the league.

  10. gotcaughtcheating says: Jun 10, 2012 1:16 PM

    Baltimore is working on a trade to bring him in as Ben Grubbs’ replacement.

  11. atwatercrushesokoye says: Jun 10, 2012 1:33 PM

    Is there some unwritten rule that if a team gives one player an extension they have to give extensions to everyone at that same position? One thing New England and BB have shown over the years is that they will make tough decisions for the team and to keep their cap relatively healthy, I wouldn’t be shocked to see them let Hernadez walk in 2 years, and I wouldn’t be shocked to see them draft his replacement next spring.

  12. backindasaddle says: Jun 10, 2012 2:15 PM

    This is a text book illustration of the media trying to create animosity and divisiveness amongst teammates. “Ohhh…. well Gronkowski got blah blah blah….. Hey Aaron!!….. shouldn’t YOU get blah blah blah too!” The media is a bunch of sleazy snakes. The great thing about the management in NE is that they don’t let the media douche bags lead them around by the nose.

  13. lucky5934 says: Jun 10, 2012 2:22 PM

    Moneymike23,

    Hernandez had admitted to marijuana use and had failed multiple drug tests while in college. As a result, he dropped to the 4th round. His most successful season was 68 catches for 850 yards and 5 touchdowns. Solid numbers, but not enough to overcome the drug abuse in college.

  14. bigjimatch says: Jun 10, 2012 2:30 PM

    So Aaron Hernandez may or may not sign a contract extentsion. Excellent analysis.

  15. borisbulldog says: Jun 10, 2012 2:30 PM

    NE was finished after Weiss and Crennel left!

    They’re just going thru the motions now!

  16. EJ says: Jun 10, 2012 2:34 PM

    Tom Brady makes both of the Patriots TE’s look better than they actually are. If Gronkowski or Hernandez were receiving the ball from say, Mark Sanchez or Carson Palmer, they would look like average to decent TE’s. Just wait until Brady is retired, the Pats will fall apart quicker than Rex Ryan’s promises.

  17. lucky5934 says: Jun 10, 2012 3:00 PM

    EJ,

    Tom Brady is an excellent QB, but don’t knock Gronkowski’s skill. He still has to get open, break free, and catch tough passes. But hey, I bet Tom Brady was the reason Gronkowski trucks defenders time and time again. To further substantiate how incorrect you are, look up the stats for all of the TE’s who ever played with Tom Brady. How many of them matched Gronkowski’s numbers from last year? One being Ben Coats, one of the better tight during his time in the NFL. Both Brady and Gronk benefit from having each other on the offense. Next, your argument that Sanchez would make Gronkowski look like an average TE is weak. Stat wise… year sure maybe. But just because Gronk would be in the right place at the right time, but Sanchez can’t get him the ball doesn’t mean he is any less of a talented tight end. It just means Sanchez is a terrible QB. Something we all know. Finally, Brady was lost for a season and some no name QB came out of nowhere and led them to an 11-5 record. The Patriots are more than just Brady, although he is a vital to their success.

  18. phillynac says: Jun 10, 2012 3:08 PM

    Lucky, good points except for the fact that Ben Coates never played with Tom Brady. He was Drew’s security blanket.

  19. backindasaddle says: Jun 10, 2012 3:37 PM

    skoobyfl says:
    Jun 10, 2012 12:44 PM
    The Buffalo Bills have already taken steps to counter both of them, so why bother ?
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    Yeah OK…… we’ll see how that works out. This cracks me up. The Bills FINALLY win one game against the Pats in what???… like 8 straight years of getting their arsses handed to them, and now all of the sudden their fans think their on the brink of greatness. What a joke.

  20. applecool1981 says: Jun 10, 2012 3:44 PM

    skoobyfl says: Jun 10, 2012 12:44 PM

    The Buffalo Bills have already taken steps to counter both of them, so why bother ?

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    I’m a Bills fan and I have to say that this post is ridiculous. Don’t get me wrong, drafting Gilmore is a nice way to balance out the TE duo but it’s no guarantee that it will work. They both have proven themselves in this league; he’s a rookie, who hasn’t yet.

  21. lucky5934 says: Jun 10, 2012 3:45 PM

    Yeah, my bad. Meant Ben Watson. Thanks for the correction.

  22. skoobyfl says: Jun 10, 2012 3:57 PM

    Yeah OK…… we’ll see how that works out. This cracks me up. The Bills FINALLY win one game against the Pats in what???… like 8 straight years of getting their arsses handed to them, and now all of the sudden their fans think their on the brink of greatness. What a joke.

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    We beat the Pats with our offense, the thing that has changed is we are now going to beat them with our defense. That over the middle dump pass is going to get all the receivers killed, wait until the pass rush smothers the QB’s that like to hold the ball. I’d plan on the Pats being 2 in the division this season, maybe 3rd.

  23. thraiderskin says: Jun 10, 2012 5:59 PM

    I don’t like Hernandez, I’m a Gronk fan, but can’t stand #81. I do not have a good reason for my disdain, but I think it has to do with how he carries himself. I do believe his success has lots more to do with his position and how BB uses him more then actual talent.

  24. redrew says: Jun 10, 2012 6:29 PM

    The Gronk contract is really two 4 year contracts. The first contract consists of his rookie contract salaries for ’12 and ’13, the expected franchise amount for ’14, and the expected franchise amount for ’15 plus 20%. (1.25 + 1.25 +7+9=18.5).
    After ’15, the Pats have the option to accept the prenegotiated next 4 years.
    Extending Hernandez to a 4 year contract similar to Gronks’ 1st phase would cost the Pats about $17 mill over the next 4 years.
    Summary: The Pats could lock up their 2 TE production of 170 catches/2200 yds/25 TDs (2011) for $9 mill/yr over next 4 years….amazing value

  25. CKL says: Jun 10, 2012 7:18 PM

    jrfrom508 says:
    Jun 10, 2012 12:51 PM
    Huge fan of Hernando here- I have a feeling he’s all about the Benjamin’s
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    I get a similar feeling.
    I’ve heard from someone whose opinion I trust that AHern is kind of a DB. I personally have never heard him say anything bad or not be a team player, but I will not be shocked if he’s a one contract only Patriot.

  26. chazzmon says: Jun 10, 2012 8:02 PM

    They should probably keep Hernandez, I think Gronk’s party life may catch up with him.

  27. cannonballdookie says: Jun 10, 2012 8:11 PM

    I could count on one hand the amount of times I seen Gronk go down after getting hit by at least one defender. I’m pretty sure that isn’t because Brady is making him good. These two are studs and the Pats were smart to draft these two guys, having two dominant TE’s may revolutionize the game, Indy is already trying it. These guys are matchup nightmares, why not have two beasts who can line up everywhere?

  28. iainrwb says: Jun 11, 2012 3:17 AM

    I think the reasonable thing for Hernandez to do is hold out. He’s crazy to risk injury for such a low salary, given his value.

  29. 11jlacy says: Jun 11, 2012 2:35 PM

    The pats gon handle their biz they are not like my saints brass they take care of their affairs ya dig.

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