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Patriots lock up Aaron Hernandez

Aaron Hernandez, Rob Gronkowski AP

The Patriots spent the offseason collecting tight ends, but the two that matter the most, they’re taking care of.

After previously signing Rob Gronkowski to a long-term deal, they’ve now reached agreement with Aaron Hernandez, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

For different reasons, other teams were scared of both when they were drafted, much lower than their talent alone would have indicated.

But having a quarterback like Tom Brady allows a team to take chances at times, and Gronkowski and Hernandez have rewarded the Patriots for their faith with their production on the field.

So now the Patriots have rewarded Gronkowski and Hernandez.

The numbers on this one will be interesting, because it had already been suggested that the higher wide receiver-level tag might have been in play if he was franchised.

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8 Responses to “Patriots lock up Aaron Hernandez”
  1. jnbnet says: Aug 27, 2012 8:45 AM

    Way to go. Next year’s focus will be the O line.

  2. vcupats says: Aug 27, 2012 9:03 AM

    A lot is said about Brady & Belichick being the keys to NE’s success but it starts with Mr. Kraft. Great signing, the post-Brady/BB era will be exciting with these TE’s still around.

  3. pleasantsurpriselefty says: Aug 27, 2012 9:04 AM

    Tell me these guys aren’t the smartest guys in the room. Anybody feeling bad for Wes Welker?

  4. cuda1234 says: Aug 27, 2012 9:38 AM

    Hernandez is an example of how playing with Tim Tebow is bad for your career. When you play with a selfish qb who can’t throw and always calls is own number around the goalline (and tramples anyone between him and a tv camera), you get no stats and nothing on film to evaluate.

  5. rc33 says: Aug 27, 2012 10:24 AM

    Feel kinda bad for Welker but this is how you run a football team. Difficult decisions for sure, but getting long-term deals with your 22 and 23 year old TE’s, as opposed to your 31 year-old WR, is just smart business.
    Hernandez would’ve become a free agent at age 24 and rest assured, plenty of teams would’ve been interested.

  6. bbk1000 says: Aug 27, 2012 11:06 AM

    Shiancoe, Ballard on the Pats, The 49’ers taking Manningham and Jacobs, if you can’t beat the Super Bowl Champion New York Football Giants you might as well grab their castoffs and try to win with them.

  7. abp3377 says: Aug 27, 2012 12:03 PM

    Why does everyone feel bad for Welker? the guy is getting older and making 9 mil this year.

  8. phoff12 says: Aug 27, 2012 2:59 PM

    cuda1234 says:
    Aug 27, 2012 9:38 AM
    Hernandez is an example of how playing with Tim Tebow is bad for your career. When you play with a selfish qb who can’t throw and always calls is own number around the goalline (and tramples anyone between him and a tv camera), you get no stats and nothing on film to evaluate.

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    Not a Tebow or a Jets fan but you might want to get your facts straight. Hernandez slid to the fourth round because of failed drugs tests at Florida. He was pegged as a solid 2nd round pick before that. Go Patriots!

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