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Michael Hoomanawanui signs RFA tender

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New England’s top two tight ends are dealing with injury issues at the moment, leaving opportunities for others at the position to take some extra reps during offseason work.

One of the players in position to take those reps is Michael Hoomanawanui. The Patriots announced that Hoomanawanui, who signed with New England just before the start of last season, has signed his restricted free agent tender from the team. Hoomanawanui will make $1.323 million next season after receiving an original round tender, which means the Pats would have received a fifth-round pick if anyone signed the tight end away.

That didn’t happen, which means that Hoomanawanui will join Daniel Fells as healthy returnees from last season. Jake Ballard is also on the roster, but the team is taking it slowly as Ballard makes his way back from the torn knee ligaments that cost him the entire 2012 season.

None of those guys can replicate what Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez bring to the offense, which makes it a good thing for the Pats that there are still almost four months to go before the start of training camp.

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6 Responses to “Michael Hoomanawanui signs RFA tender”
  1. thegreatgabbert says: Apr 16, 2013 10:51 AM

    Patriot trainers are studying this article as we speak to try to get the name spelled right on the back of the sweater. One guy calls out the letters while the other guy sews, but they get up to about the “w” and lose track. So they have to start over.

  2. docsweeney says: Apr 16, 2013 11:17 AM

    Might have taken him this long to sign because of the length of his last name. That’s got be like a quadruple word score in Scrabble.

  3. swagger52 says: Apr 16, 2013 11:50 AM

    Come on..With CBX being Patriot Fans..They will get the pronunciation right. They are already preparing their..Belichek is loading up again story. It isn’t like the Ravens where they can slander Ray Lewis in the last 5 minutes of his HOF career.

  4. Patskrieg dot com says: Apr 16, 2013 11:58 AM

    Once this guy figured out how to get the hell out of his own way he wasn’t terrible.

  5. razzlejag says: Apr 16, 2013 1:26 PM

    Tyler Eifert in the first round. Book it.

  6. wjohnson1186 says: Apr 16, 2013 8:39 PM

    Hunter in the first round. I think the Pats have enough tight ends man…

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