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Pats likely will fight Hernandez for bonus money, guaranteed salary

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The Patriots’ decision to cut tight end Aaron Hernandez makes it extremely difficult, if not impossible, for the team to recover any of the signing bonus paid to Hernandez last year and, in part, earlier this year.   Indeed, the Falcons held Mike Vick’s right through his prosecution, incarceration, and beyond in order to recover bonus money.

The Patriots ultimately chose making a strong and clear statement instead of maneuvering to protect their legal rights.  But the story isn’t over yet.

Based on everything we’ve heard and been told in the past five hours, we fully expect the Patriots to do whatever they can to try to recover money that has been paid to Hernandez, and to block the flow of any future payments.

The future payments are the key.  Under his contract, a copy of which PFT has obtained, Hernandez is due to receive $3.25 million on March 31, 2014, which completes his $12.5 million signing bonus.  We currently believe the Patriots will refuse to pay it, forcing Hernandez to take even more hits in the court of public opinion by fighting — possibly from a jail cell — the team’s decision to cut him off.

Separately, Hernandez and the Patriots could be fighting over more than $2.5 million in future guaranteed base salary.  As Ian Rapoport of NFL Network has pointed out, and as we’ve confirmed, the Hernandez contract mysteriously omits language that would forfeit the guarantee in the event of a default by Hernandez.  In English, this means he’s arguably entitled to the money even if he’s suspended, in jail, or both.

Again, look for the Patriots to not pay the money, and to force Hernandez to fight for it.

If it comes to that, look for the Patriots to apply heavy public pressure to Hernandez and his representatives to “do the right thing” and abandon the effort to get money that Hernandez, as the Pats surely will put it, didn’t earn and doesn’t deserve.  Hernandez’s counter should, and likely will, be that he is contractually entitled to the money, and that the Patriots could have done things differently if the goal was to recover money or to block future payments of it.

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  1. patsfan says: Jun 26, 2013 1:35 PM

    likely, the filers of one (and counting) civil suits against him will have an interest in this as well.

  2. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Jun 26, 2013 1:37 PM

    I’m not a great NFL contract mind, but it would surprise me if there weren’t some kind of morals clause that would allow the team to release a player without owing any future guaranteed money if he violates that clause. An arrest shouldn’t be enough to trigger that clause but I assume a murder conviction would qualify.

  3. daaabears says: Jun 26, 2013 1:38 PM

    No matter who wins, the lawyers get all of it.

  4. ozymandias121 says: Jun 26, 2013 1:38 PM

    Only in America can you get paid millions of dollars agreeing murdering someone. God bless us all.

  5. ozymandias121 says: Jun 26, 2013 1:39 PM

    After*

  6. damnsureis says: Jun 26, 2013 1:39 PM

    If he was one to “do the right thing” we wouldn’t be having this conversation.

  7. kingokra says: Jun 26, 2013 1:39 PM

    Yes, classy move. Go Pats!

  8. whatnojets says: Jun 26, 2013 1:39 PM

    I have an idea…..The Pat’s and Hernandez should reach a deal that all future salaries due are made payable to the victims family.

  9. justintuckrule says: Jun 26, 2013 1:39 PM

    “guarantee” just doesn’t carry the same meaning anymore.

  10. cowboyhater says: Jun 26, 2013 1:39 PM

    I see here that everyone’s hailing the Pats organization about letting this guy go, but if you look closer, are you telling me they didn’t see the initial signs of how Hernandez conducted himself outside of football? No one there to help this kid stay out of trouble? In Feb someone claims he shot them. The Pats organization didn’t know about that, or the threat to Welker about carrying his pads? This stuff just doesn’t happen. All organizations have on some level a responsibility to their players if they see help is needed.

  11. daburgher says: Jun 26, 2013 1:40 PM

    The Pats should do the right thing and take the monetary loss.. They knew the kind of person he was when they drafted him.. the price you pay when you choose players with charachter concerns

  12. u4iadman says: Jun 26, 2013 1:40 PM

    Not a Pats fan at all, but I give them credit for taking a firm stand here. I dont get the double standard with respect to covering up the proven cheating scandal though one is cheating, one possibly involves a homicide. Questionable ethics, but good call on Hernandez nonetheless.

  13. richkotitte says: Jun 26, 2013 1:40 PM

    … a QB who can’t throw to receivers on a team with no (viable) receivers left…

    spells:

    T E B O W

  14. robigd says: Jun 26, 2013 1:41 PM

    Hernandez can buy a lot of cigs with that in the pen.

  15. Arun Krishnan says: Jun 26, 2013 1:42 PM

    If that’s what his contract says, he’ll probably get his money. What incentive does he have to do the right thing now? If he cared about public opinion, he’d have made some different choices in life leading up to this point.

  16. whywerule says: Jun 26, 2013 1:42 PM

    daaabears says:
    Jun 26, 2013 1:38 PM
    No matter who wins, the lawyers get all of it.

    Lawyers get most of it; the family of the victim will get some in the wrongful death suit that is almost certain to come against Hernandez.

  17. thestrategyexpert says: Jun 26, 2013 1:43 PM

    Sure would be nice if the terms or monetary recovery were very well constructed to protect teams from a “disaster” situation. Maybe one day this league will have a Commissioner that is paying attention to important details that have gone unreconciled.

  18. Akula says: Jun 26, 2013 1:44 PM

    I think this issue should be address in the league.

    I think if a player gets into serious legal trouble a team should be able to cut him without CAP penalties. It would allow teams to deal with these morons without hurting the whole team but still allow teams to give a kid a chance who had a troubled past who is getting his act together.

  19. nesportsfan0428 says: Jun 26, 2013 1:44 PM

    The guy dabbles in a little murder & cover up and you want to ruin his life? Way to go Patriots.

  20. newagerocker says: Jun 26, 2013 1:45 PM

    First of all, none of this bring’s Odin Lloyd back to life.

    But there HAS to be a “if you murder a guy” clause that voids the contract and let’s the Pat’s off the hook for the money.

  21. neeley34 says: Jun 26, 2013 1:46 PM

    Tell Kraft to watch out. Hernandez kills people that fight with him.

  22. sportsguy88 says: Jun 26, 2013 1:46 PM

    Sucks to be him right now.. He doesn’t have any arms!

  23. gothapotamus90210 says: Jun 26, 2013 1:47 PM

    I get this feeling that the NFL is going to be reimbursing the Pats behind closed doors for a portion of the guaranteed money. The NFL wanted Hernandez gone ASAP, especially with training camp on the horizon.

  24. black43gold says: Jun 26, 2013 1:49 PM

    Looks like he destroyed another piece of evidence: his arms! The limbs that did all the dirty work are noticeably missing from his body (or so it appears) in the above photo.

  25. metrocritical says: Jun 26, 2013 1:49 PM

    How can the owners not insist, per the CBA, that all contracts have a standard provision that covers situations where a player cannot fulfill their obligations due to criminal conduct, especially those resulting in a conviction and incarceration? Shouldn’t that be a non-negotiable provision?

  26. craigkintexas says: Jun 26, 2013 1:49 PM

    With or without his contract with the Patriots, betcha the NFL has a “morals clause” and would suspend AH indefinitely without pay.

  27. jayniner says: Jun 26, 2013 1:51 PM

    N.E. has the lawyers to successfully do it, but the bigger question is do they want to “fight” Hernandez on this after seeing what he’s capable of?

  28. richkotitte says: Jun 26, 2013 1:52 PM

    The prison football team has their starting TE for the 20-25 years!

  29. bigfranky75 says: Jun 26, 2013 1:53 PM

    The language is omitted because the CBA takes precedence…. and according to Article 4, Section 9 of the CBA, “any player who . . . is unavailable to the team due to conduct by him that results in his incarceration . . . may be required to forfeit signing bonus, roster bonus, option bonus and/or reporting bonus, and no other salary, for each league year in which a forfeitable breach occurs.”

    I think the Pats are off the hook here….. we need our attorney Florio to iron this out for us! Please do sir!

  30. mattwalshvideo says: Jun 26, 2013 1:54 PM

    Roger Goodell is already helping out here, spygate gone, Hernandez money returned.

  31. ampats says: Jun 26, 2013 1:54 PM

    According to various media sources, clubs can recover bonus money if a player violates one of the leagues personal conduct policies or defaults on contract language in the new CBA

    I believe he has probably done both.

  32. bigfranky75 says: Jun 26, 2013 1:54 PM

    @metrocritical:

    there is such a provision! Article 4, Section 9 of the CBA, “any player who . . . is unavailable to the team due to conduct by him that results in his incarceration . . . may be required to forfeit signing bonus, roster bonus, option bonus and/or reporting bonus, and no other salary, for each league year in which a forfeitable breach occurs.”

  33. angelogiaquinto18 says: Jun 26, 2013 1:54 PM

    Sucks to be him right now.. He doesn’t have any arms!

    —-
    Great! Imagine Tebow’s accuracy throwing to a guy with cuffs on!

  34. daaabears says: Jun 26, 2013 1:55 PM

    whatnojets says:
    Jun 26, 2013 1:39 PM
    I have an idea…..The Pat’s and Hernandez should reach a deal that all future salaries due are made payable to the victims family.
    —————————————————–
    Great start. How ’bout Pats pay the money and wrongful death suit is filed, money goes to victims family

  35. fdugrad says: Jun 26, 2013 1:56 PM

    The Pat’s strategy will be to pressure him “to do the right thing?!” Does THIS miscreant appear to be someone who wants to “do the right thing” now, in the past or in the future? Boy, I hope the Pat’s legal team has an alternate plan!

  36. coseybedaman says: Jun 26, 2013 1:58 PM

    “jayniner”- I dont think anyone is scared to “fight” Hernandez right now. Let alone a football organization. He looks to be behind bars for life.

  37. thesteelers says: Jun 26, 2013 1:58 PM

    LOL

  38. bosskingnation says: Jun 26, 2013 2:00 PM

    So….it’s not just about “doing the right thing” but getting money back. And so much for the pats only drafting “character” guys.AH had known issues before the draft and continued to have them. Not only are the pats like every other team where winning is put above all else but they are worse when you throw spygate in the mix. Can’t wait for gronk’s next episode.

  39. descendency says: Jun 26, 2013 2:00 PM

    I just don’t understand why a guy who has worked as hard as Hernandez has to finally gotten paid (big money) would throw his career away to be in prison.

  40. coseybedaman says: Jun 26, 2013 2:01 PM

    Signing bonuses are black and white generally. As morally wrong as it is I dont believe the Pats should get to keep that money. He did prove himself on the field, they did draft someone with character issues, he did show signs of those issues even after being on the roster, and they still chose to give him the bonus. So now their money should be gone

  41. folkcrusader says: Jun 26, 2013 2:01 PM

    All that does is tell guys in the future not to defer any guaranteed payments. They signed the document, they owe the money. Just because the guys a dirtbag doesn’t let them out of their agreement.

  42. wickerskin says: Jun 26, 2013 2:02 PM

    The Pats should announce that the 3.25 million will go to the family of Odin Lloyd rather that AH. Lets see the lawyers for AH contest that.

  43. bullcharger says: Jun 26, 2013 2:02 PM

    The Patriots better get in line fast. That pending law suit for shooting the guy in the face could get tacked on as criminal charge and most certainly will be huge pay out. Hernandez won’t have any money to pay.

  44. iamedreed says: Jun 26, 2013 2:03 PM

    guaranteed money is guaranteed money, if teams don’t want to be on the hook for payers making stupid decisions then maybe they shouldn’t sign players with off-the-field issues

    if i were hernandez id sue the patriots for every single dime i was entitled to. they signed the contract, now they should live up to it.

    its funny nobody has any issue when guys get cut because of injury, but when the team is getting screwed now people want to complain?

  45. mvp43 says: Jun 26, 2013 2:03 PM

    It may be easier getting the money back if the Pats use it for some sort of charity thing or trust fund for any kids Lloyd may have had, rather than sticking it back in their vault.

  46. daburgher says: Jun 26, 2013 2:04 PM

    bigfranky75 says:
    Jun 26, 2013 1:54 PM
    @metrocritical:

    there is such a provision! Article 4, Section 9 of the CBA, “any player who . . . is unavailable to the team due to conduct by him that results in his incarceration . . . may be required to forfeit signing bonus, roster bonus, option bonus and/or reporting bonus, and no other salary, for each league year in which a forfeitable breach occurs.”

    This may be taken into account, had the pats waited until he was charged with a crime before cutting him

  47. nflofficeadmin says: Jun 26, 2013 2:10 PM

    Mike – everyone on here seems to already have all the facts… Shoot, we can all go home now.

  48. razzmatazzcomics says: Jun 26, 2013 2:10 PM

    Ahhhh, I miss the good ol’ days, when just shooting someone in the face was enough to settle a dispute.

  49. jetnotjets says: Jun 26, 2013 2:10 PM

    This is ridiculous. He has been arrested. Not convicted. And the Patriots are already going after bonus money? So much for a class organization. Hernandez will get every dime of his money and might have a lawsuit of his own against Mr. Kraft if he isn’t convicted of anything. Patriots should not have leaked their motives on this one. They’re going to have to pay.

  50. thesteelers says: Jun 26, 2013 2:11 PM

    No one wins.

  51. harrisonhits2 says: Jun 26, 2013 2:11 PM

    bigfranky75 says:

    The language is omitted because the CBA takes precedence…. and according to Article 4, Section 9 of the CBA, “any player who . . . is unavailable to the team due to conduct by him that results in his incarceration . . . may be required to forfeit signing bonus, roster bonus, option bonus and/or reporting bonus, and no other salary, for each league year in which a forfeitable breach occurs.”

    I think the Pats are off the hook here….. we need our attorney Florio to iron this out for us! Please do sir!
    ____________________________

    It no longer applies since the Pats released him. They would have had to keep him on the roster albeit reserve – non football causes but still a member of the team.

  52. markustt says: Jun 26, 2013 2:12 PM

    wickerskin says:
    Jun 26, 2013 2:02 PM
    The Pats should announce that the 3.25 million will go to the family of Odin Lloyd rather that AH. Lets see the lawyers for AH contest that.
    ————————————————————

    Fat chance. The Patriots owe the Lloyd family nothing. The team is not responsible for a player’s conduct outside team business and in the offseason. Hernandez is an adult and this is all on him.

  53. skinfangray says: Jun 26, 2013 2:13 PM

    Although I applaud the Patriots organization for releasing Hernandez in the light of this incident, if they wanted to get relief from the league for the salary cap hit they will take, they should have retained his rights, and placed him the Suspended, Non Football Related list. As it stands, they may be out of luck. The provision in the CBA does not mean the Pats get the money back, it just means that they can put the language in the contract. Because they did not, they might not get the space back.

    Of course, as a Redskins fan, I am completely clueless on the salary cap. I would have thought that there was no way that the Giants would have been able to dictate to the league to take salary cap space from us, even though we never violated any rules. So, I wish the Pats luck, and they definitely earned much respect in my eyes for releasing him.

  54. punksinplay says: Jun 26, 2013 2:17 PM

    I guess Mr. Hernandez won’t be able to make it rain anymore…

  55. thc850 says: Jun 26, 2013 2:18 PM

    bigfranky75
    too bad pats waived that when they cut him before hand

  56. xxwhodatxx says: Jun 26, 2013 2:19 PM

    This dude killed someone or at the very least knows who did. I seriously doubt he’s gonna care about public perception when he fights for the cash.

  57. hooterdawg says: Jun 26, 2013 2:26 PM

    “…he’s arguably entitled to the money even if he’s suspended, in jail, or both.” Umm…if he is in jail, isn’t he automatically suspended?

  58. larryfinfan says: Jun 26, 2013 2:30 PM

    There has been new language in the CBA to cover this. PFT has another article on it. It’s unclear now whether they can or will try to recover any of the future payments due. I tend to think that they know very well what the rules are and the decision to cut him was made with full knowledge and ramifications of those rules. The above article quoted is ambiguous regarding “incarceration”. Technically, he’s incarcerated now, does that take them off the hook for the future money in the contract ? What happens if he is acquitted at some point in time ?? Who knows for sure, but I’d bet my bippie that Kraft and his lawyers know the answers…

  59. hamiltos777 says: Jun 26, 2013 2:30 PM

    “If it comes to that, look for the Patriots to apply heavy public pressure to Hernandez and his representatives to “do the right thing””

    Um, yeah…based on his long and well established history of “doing the right thing?”

  60. micknangold says: Jun 26, 2013 2:33 PM

    Pats are trying to have their cake and eat it too.

  61. grillmarks says: Jun 26, 2013 2:39 PM

    They should start including language in these big contracts that financially protects the team in a situation like this… get arrested in connection with (blank) felony, team can terminate contract.

  62. iceburgskin202 says: Jun 26, 2013 2:41 PM

    They gave him a “signing bonus” he earned it as soon as he signed your deal its the only money he’s guaranteed to do I think he deserves it… YES if he were a lesser player he wouldve gotten the shaft as soon as the story broke the pats aren’t interested in the well being of one of their players just what he can do to get them closer to their goal!! Sorry Pats but u gave him the signing bonus to SIGN THE CONTRACT it’s his. You also had no clause in place to stop this from being an issue that’s your fault!!!

  63. bluntsmokinskinsfan says: Jun 26, 2013 2:41 PM

    It’s a contract. Who cares about public opinion? If be is legally entitled to the money, he should receive it without having to go through a fight. None of us really know what happened. People are forgetting that. I’m sure the victim was involved in some dirt just like Hernandez.

  64. alex35332 says: Jun 26, 2013 2:43 PM

    Don’t care about if they get the money back or not. But the NFL should make sure they take the full cap hit.

  65. zn0rseman says: Jun 26, 2013 2:45 PM

    Stark contrast between owners here.

    The Ravens owner sent teams of lawyers to protect and shield Ray Lewis. They continued to pay him in jail. They eventually fully embraced him as the face of their franchise in spite of his obvious involvement and participation in a double murder. He was then allowed to play several years after he ceased to be an effective player and now has a statue of him at the entrance to their stadium.

    The Patriots on the other hand cut ties with Hernandez immediately after he was arrested. That is what the ethical and morally correct move is.

  66. tmarlin1221 says: Jun 26, 2013 2:45 PM

    This should lead teams to not give out anymore signing bonus money. Pay for play, and nothing else. Treat these guys like kids if they want to act like kids.

  67. tmarlin1221 says: Jun 26, 2013 2:47 PM

    They essentially lost 12m bucks plus last years salary for 1 season of play. Instead prorate the bonus, and pay it out yearly only if he plays that year. Upfront bonus money is just stupid on the part of the team.

  68. jerranamo says: Jun 26, 2013 2:48 PM

    Its his signing bonus money.. Pats fault for not including language to protect themselves.

  69. wgray981 says: Jun 26, 2013 2:50 PM

    I’m with the Pats here. Murderers should be entitled to nothing.

  70. coolgato13 says: Jun 26, 2013 2:52 PM

    WOW.
    Subtract Hernandez, Welker and maybe Gronkowski.
    Add Tebow.
    Not a recipe for a Super Bowl.

  71. whatnojets says: Jun 26, 2013 2:52 PM

    Charged with murder

  72. ijahru says: Jun 26, 2013 2:53 PM

    let’s see the player’s union fight to protect an accused murderer getting paid.

  73. dezmick says: Jun 26, 2013 2:54 PM

    Apparently the charge is indeed murder, not obstruction of justice. Bet the Pats got a heads up from the local cops last week.

  74. rtookey says: Jun 26, 2013 2:55 PM

    How about make a clause in NFL players contracts that says, the guaranteed money will not be paid out if player goes to jail for murdering somebody.

  75. bigjdve says: Jun 26, 2013 2:55 PM

    Did someone say that they should try to get AH to “Do the right thing”?

    Didn’t he just get arrested, then cut, for not doing the right thing?

    Why would you expect him to start now?

  76. lionboy23 says: Jun 26, 2013 3:01 PM

    Titus Young doesn’t look like such a bad guy now.

  77. seansds3d says: Jun 26, 2013 3:03 PM

    That’s the least of this guys problems… watching the hearing now and he’s going away for a very long time… forget about ever playing again. They have a TON of evidence against him.

  78. geetee52 says: Jun 26, 2013 3:04 PM

    It’s probably not about the money as much as it is about the effect on the salary cap.

  79. bminder1972 says: Jun 26, 2013 3:05 PM

    in other news, Aaron Hernandez is workin on a new sponsership deal. Its with MA. Dept of corrections. He will be modeling orange jumpsuits. There may even be a lifetime option.
    A.H. your a moron, a moe, an idiot! You had it all and just tossed it in the crapper!!

  80. dryzzt23 says: Jun 26, 2013 3:15 PM

    This is a clear example of how owners need to be protected from cap issues when a player commits heinous acts like Hernandez allegedly has.

    New England should have all of the cap charge from this player removed from their cap. It wasn’t the Pats fault that he’s a murderer.

    The player gets all of the protections yet they perpetrate all these crimes which hurt their teams cap and no one in the media discusses this.

  81. brunson80 says: Jun 26, 2013 3:17 PM

    I’m a Redskins fan and don’t particularly like the Patriots. That said:

    – I applaud their letting him go, doing the right thing, even though it may (will?) cause them financial hardship.

    – They should not pay him, and make him waste time/money to enforce the contract. He’ll win most likely, but the Patriots owe him no favors and should make him work for it.

    – Regardless of the outcome on who pays what, the league should vacate the cap penalty. I would expect/hope the league and other owners would do this for each other in a similar situation. Likewise, it’s the right thing to do.

  82. drewzducks says: Jun 26, 2013 3:19 PM

    Mean Machine !

  83. noring4youstill says: Jun 26, 2013 3:21 PM

    Man but he’ll need that for his commissary

  84. mdd913 says: Jun 26, 2013 3:25 PM

    Maybe one day this league will have a Commissioner that is paying attention to important details that have gone unreconciled.

    ————————————————–
    Oh, don’t worry, I’m sure he’s preparing a stiff punishment for the Saints players even as we speak. Somebody’s gotta pay for this!

  85. godofwine330 says: Jun 26, 2013 3:27 PM

    Whatever the outcome, if I am Hernandez I am fighting for that money. To hell with the court of public opinion. It is as useless as toilet paper. At the very least the money could be used to pay the huge lawyer fees he is sure to see, and the expected civil suit that is sure to come as well. If he is acquitted and or is found not guilty, the court of public opinion be damned, he is still going to want to have something to live on even though the lawyers and civil suit will do their best to leave him with as little as possible.

  86. scandiman says: Jun 26, 2013 3:35 PM

    thesteelers says:

    LOL

    ———

    Why LOL? Peoples lives were destroyed. I see nothing funny in any of this.

  87. scottpgh72 says: Jun 26, 2013 4:52 PM

    GOD did this so now TEBOW can start at Tight End,

  88. beretta96d says: Jun 26, 2013 4:55 PM

    Court of public opinion obviously doesn’t mean anything to him at this point, and he will likely look for the money if he has a leg to stand on. My question is, why give the money to the Lloyd family? No he didn’t deserve to die but he likely wasn’t an angel either. How about the money go to something useful like an orphanage.

  89. dryzzt23 says: Jun 26, 2013 5:37 PM

    Blame the Pats for not “babysitting” Hernandez…a grown man and their employee? Really people?
    Since when is an EMPLOYER responsible to foresee their employees issues/actions and give them proactive help?
    Personal accountability, ever here of that? Not today you don’t, especially from today’s youth and the media. Blame the employer, or blame the parents, blame a school, blame anyone other than the person who CHOSE to commit the crime.

    Come on people! Wake up!

  90. jiggy3198 says: Jun 26, 2013 5:40 PM

    I think that’s the least of his worries

  91. dryzzt23 says: Jun 26, 2013 5:42 PM

    I’m sure the next thing we hear is how AH came from a poor background, was from a violent background, his “homies” always had guns, and he didn’t know any better because of the culture that he grew up in.
    AH is the poor downtrodden “victim” of the pressure of an NFL pressure and all that BS.
    He is a murderer, throw him in jail for life and throw away the key.

  92. thefiesty1 says: Jun 26, 2013 6:09 PM

    He gets zero from the Pats.

  93. iowahbr says: Jun 26, 2013 6:10 PM

    Not sure about the return of the bonus money already paid without a long legal battle but if they pay him one additional cent after his arrest they need new lawyers on their contract morals clauses.

  94. gdeli says: Jun 26, 2013 6:46 PM

    So if you spend 20 years in jail for murder he gets out he’s still a millionaire? Wow!

  95. fanofevilempire says: Jun 26, 2013 7:26 PM

    I hope he can get ALL his money, the Patriots deserve what they get.

  96. GO FOR TWO SPORTS says: Jun 26, 2013 11:22 PM

    AHA! we knew it. The Pats statement “it’s the right thing to do” ALL B.S
    If that was how they think the right thing to do is give the Raiders a superbowl ring they stole from they, actually they bought it off the NFL

  97. fiyeaglesfiy says: Jun 27, 2013 11:27 AM

    When teams do something wrong, the NFL punishes them and puts increased restrictions on salary cap (cowboys, redskins)…when teams do something right, like the pats cutting Hernandez and making a statement that this type of behavior won’t be tolerated by the pats or the league, the league should reward them. Whether or not the pats can recoup some of their guaranteed money or not, Goodell should increase the pats salary cap to compensate for what Hernandez is counting against the cap. Sends the right message to the other 31 teams.

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