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Aaron Hernandez clears waivers

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On Wednesday, the New England Patriots announced that they no longer want Aaron Hernandez on the team. On Thursday, the other 31 NFL teams made it official that they don’t want Hernandez either.

Hernandez passed through the NFL’s waiver system and went unclaimed.

That comes as no surprise, coming after Hernandez was arrested and charged with first-degree murder. Hernandez, who was denied bail today and faces possible life imprisonment if convicted, may never get out of jail.

But Hernandez clearing waivers is another extraordinary development in a week that has been full of them. When Hernandez signed his $41 million contract with the Patriots 10 months ago, he looked like one of the league’s brightest young stars. Now he’s a player no NFL team will touch.

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  1. 3menandablog says: Jun 27, 2013 4:34 PM

    Did every team pass on him because “It was the right thing to do?” Now everyone is as classy as the Patriots were yesterday.

  2. finsfan4life1977 says: Jun 27, 2013 4:34 PM

    “But Hernandez clearing waivers is another extraordinary development”

    No, if a team was dumb enough to claim him on waivers, that would have been an extraordinary development.

  3. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 27, 2013 4:34 PM

    Other teams cited nagging character concerns as a reason for passing.

  4. vbe2 says: Jun 27, 2013 4:35 PM

    If a team had claimed him, would that have given that team the ability to recover cap money at some point?

    Not that a team would claim someone like that in this situation, but could they have done that?

  5. xxwhodatxx says: Jun 27, 2013 4:35 PM

    Big Punk in the prison already claimed him.

  6. rcotner says: Jun 27, 2013 4:36 PM

    I swore the headline read, ‘Hernandez charged with shooting do waiver wire’

  7. duffer58 says: Jun 27, 2013 4:36 PM

    Thanks he cleared waivers. What a shock.

  8. newagerocker says: Jun 27, 2013 4:36 PM

    Geez, this guy has no luck what so ever…

  9. soitgoes37 says: Jun 27, 2013 4:36 PM

    It just means they didn’t want his contract. Oakland and Cincinnati probably have their representatives to the prison by now to work out a new deal!

  10. rambo08 says: Jun 27, 2013 4:36 PM

    Really? That’s a big surprise.

  11. doctormantistoboggan says: Jun 27, 2013 4:37 PM

    Al Davis would have snagged him off of waivers, no questions asked, if he were still alive.

  12. showmethemtds says: Jun 27, 2013 4:37 PM

    Wow, what a shocker…..

  13. nflbuzz says: Jun 27, 2013 4:37 PM

    The most unbelievable part of this whole saga, the Bengals didnt claim him???

  14. fissels says: Jun 27, 2013 4:38 PM

    Mean Machine has a uniform all ready for him

  15. bspn2 says: Jun 27, 2013 4:38 PM

    A lifetime in prison is going to permanently erase that smug little smirk on his face. This dude arrogantly thinks he is above the law. He’s about to find out that he’s not.

  16. dgreenfi says: Jun 27, 2013 4:38 PM

    Well at least he’s clear of something!

    Always look on the bright side… of life.

  17. t8ertot says: Jun 27, 2013 4:39 PM

    Lions beg to differ

  18. dsimp724 says: Jun 27, 2013 4:39 PM

    Oh he’s gonna be touched plenty, just not by a nfl team

  19. knucklebucket says: Jun 27, 2013 4:39 PM

    i’m speechless.

  20. liondoc says: Jun 27, 2013 4:39 PM

    While you are probably right in the circumstances that no other team wants him at all, the more accurate inference is that no other team wants him with his current contract. Now that he has cleared waivers, it remains to be seen if any team wants him as an unrestricted free agent.

  21. tooz72 says: Jun 27, 2013 4:39 PM

    no way???

  22. aaroncurryisbust says: Jun 27, 2013 4:40 PM

    He isn’t triggering any interest due to his disturbing propensity for pulling the trigger on people he doesn’t like.

  23. GenXJay says: Jun 27, 2013 4:40 PM

    Hells Free Agent.

  24. bluenlime says: Jun 27, 2013 4:41 PM

    Some people hate being rich. simple as that. Go make those number plates Aaron.

  25. orivar says: Jun 27, 2013 4:41 PM

    You’re not going to pick up a guy that’s in jail with out bail and has a bail appeal coming up, that and can possibly get life without parole depending how the circumstances THAT NONE OF US KNOW (just to remind you people) plays out..

  26. skinswillsurprise says: Jun 27, 2013 4:42 PM

    Is he on the Mount Rushmore All-Pro Prison team?

  27. rr2000k says: Jun 27, 2013 4:42 PM

    No claim from the Bengals?

  28. idolized1 says: Jun 27, 2013 4:42 PM

    Hey, we just cut you, and your futures hazy, but if you walk soon, come just win baby.

  29. fanofevilempire says: Jun 27, 2013 4:43 PM

    This is so exciting, the anticipation of a Hernandez story is so intriguing.
    I can’t wait for the next story, this is like a drug
    my heart is racing and adrenaline is flowing.
    I feel alive and so excited, this is like sex, but the orgasm doesn’t stop it is never ending.
    I feel like I have these emotions that are attracting me to the latest news, I can’t control myself.
    I feel that I’m in a reality show that never ends, like 24 hours 7 days a week, like my life is a loop.
    I feel I lost ALL control.

  30. cowpiesnotcowboys says: Jun 27, 2013 4:43 PM

    It would have been poetic justice had the Giants claimed him just to get the legal rights to go after his signing bonus.

  31. rcotner says: Jun 27, 2013 4:44 PM

    ‘Cleared’? I swear it read ‘shot’.

  32. allseeingone says: Jun 27, 2013 4:44 PM

    Would not surprise me at all if the NFLPA complains about possible collusion.

  33. prmpft says: Jun 27, 2013 4:45 PM

    i’ll bet the j-e-t-s are seriously considering their options…they showed uncharacteristic restraint in this case.

  34. walkinginthewasteland says: Jun 27, 2013 4:46 PM

    3menandablog says: Jun 27, 2013 4:34 PM

    Did every team pass on him because “It was the right thing to do?” Now everyone is as classy as the Patriots were yesterday.

    __________________

    Right…Too bad the Pats weren’t as classy as the other 31 teams who passed on drafting Hernandez in the first place.

  35. Rick Ucchino says: Jun 27, 2013 4:46 PM

    I’m kind of shocked their were only 2 “Oh the Bengals didn’t sign him? Hahaha” comments on here.

    Seriously people, get some new material. And quit linking them with the Raiders. What did they do to deserve that?

  36. relggigeht says: Jun 27, 2013 4:46 PM

    The Devils’ got dibs:)

  37. Rick Ucchino says: Jun 27, 2013 4:47 PM

    *there* I need to proof read these things before posting.

  38. mikeyz6 says: Jun 27, 2013 4:47 PM

    he’ll be a free agent in 25 to life

  39. jags2daship says: Jun 27, 2013 4:47 PM

    Im sure all the gator lovers down here in Jackosnville will be threating to boycott unless we sign him ASAP.

  40. 13fitzj says: Jun 27, 2013 4:48 PM

    I think it’s worth mentioning that the last time Aaron Hernandez had the ball on an NFL field, he was being tackled by Bernard Pollard.

  41. jiggy1971 says: Jun 27, 2013 4:49 PM

    This fella is making folks like Michael Vick and Adam Jones look like real sweethearts. It is amazing his star was rising and he was getting paid and still acted like a hoodlum.

  42. zeke2517 says: Jun 27, 2013 4:50 PM

    I actually laughed hysterically when I read this headline.

  43. Nofoolnodrool says: Jun 27, 2013 4:50 PM

    I guess the Ravens are tired of having to cover for their last criminal…..can’t really blame them, but he would have even a Killar target for Jump Ball Joe.

  44. zoxitic says: Jun 27, 2013 4:50 PM

    all the teams passed on him in the 2010 draft too.

  45. heyitsmejosh says: Jun 27, 2013 4:51 PM

    i’m surprised the Ravens didnt pull the trigger on getting this guy…

  46. lks311 says: Jun 27, 2013 4:51 PM

    t8ertot says:
    Jun 27, 2013 4:39 PM
    Lions beg to differ
    ———————–
    Enough of the Lions jokes…who’s your piece of garbage team?

  47. tomtravis76 says: Jun 27, 2013 4:51 PM

    Teams and the league as a whole are going to have to reevaluate how they monitor their employees.

    Hernandez allegedly is a real awful human being.

  48. eaglesnd18 says: Jun 27, 2013 4:52 PM

    My fantasy draft was already and I selected him in the 2nd round. You have got to be kidding me Aaron!!!!!

  49. mountaindont says: Jun 27, 2013 4:52 PM

    He cleared waivers ? Really ? The Vikings must be asleep at the wheel

  50. cowboys317row9 says: Jun 27, 2013 4:54 PM

    Jerry must be on vacation with no communication to the outside world

  51. woodsidegil says: Jun 27, 2013 4:54 PM

    AH should look on the bright side of things. The Supreme Court invalidated the ban on gay marriage so he might find a husband while he’s in the slammer.

  52. justintuckrule says: Jun 27, 2013 4:55 PM

    Time for some perspective people….

    Not condoning these murders but the dude murdered other gang bangin’, s-bag drug dealers. It’s not like he shot a pair of innocent grannies on their way to the senior center.

  53. nflsecurity862 says: Jun 27, 2013 4:57 PM

    I am more surprised the Bengals didn’t claim them. Were they aware they could have?

  54. mvp43 says: Jun 27, 2013 5:00 PM

    Jeremy-

    Just so were clear- Aaron Hernandez, not Aaron Rodgers.

  55. whatjusthapped says: Jun 27, 2013 5:01 PM

    The Vikings didn’t have the cap room to claim him off waivers, they hope to sign him right after the “not guilty” verdict.

  56. footbal1q says: Jun 27, 2013 5:02 PM

    It appears all 32 teams passed on me too lol …

  57. eaglesnd18 says: Jun 27, 2013 5:05 PM

    He isn’t going to be in jail that long. How many days did Donte Stallworth get for speeding and killing that guy again? Like a month? NFL players have it made!

  58. pastabelly101 says: Jun 27, 2013 5:05 PM

    How many teams who took him off draft boards three years ago would have traded a first round pick for him 2 months ago. 31 I suspect.

  59. msstiller58 says: Jun 27, 2013 5:08 PM

    Justintuckrule, are you saying you actually know those men, and are positive in your judgement of them?

  60. marima07 says: Jun 27, 2013 5:08 PM

    tomtravis76 says:
    “Teams and the league as a whole are going to have to reevaluate how they monitor their employees.”
    ——————————
    Imagine if Hernandez ended up doing nothing illegal but it was leaked out that the Patriots authorized private detectives to follow him around and spy on him before they re-signed him.

    Yeah, that would go over real well.

  61. peytonsneck18 says: Jun 27, 2013 5:09 PM

    whaaaaat, the jags didnt claim him? they love to go dumpster diving of other teams scraps

  62. trackman12 says: Jun 27, 2013 5:11 PM

    Here is your guy, Bengals!

  63. sschmiggles says: Jun 27, 2013 5:13 PM

    Right…Too bad the Pats weren’t as classy as the other 31 teams who passed on drafting Hernandez in the first place.
    _________________________

    Yeah let’s all pretend that every team in the NFL magically knew that Hernandez would become a murderer. Some team would’ve drafted him if the Patriots hadn’t. The guy was a first round talent from the SEC and the Patriots made several picks before they spent a 4th rounder on him.

    The Browns just cut guy who’s being charged with attempted murder, and don’t forget that Ray Ray was arrested on murder charges, even though they were eventually dismissed. It can happen to any team, or any employer for that matter.

  64. fanofevilempire says: Jun 27, 2013 5:13 PM

    HE PROBABLY CRIED THE FIRST NIGHT IN JAIL, JAIL IS A BAD,BAD PLACE.

  65. jaredo10 says: Jun 27, 2013 5:14 PM

    does this open the door for a T.O / chad Johnson return ?

  66. larceneaux78 says: Jun 27, 2013 5:16 PM

    Drew Brees needs a Explanation. Lol and I’m a saints fan

  67. u4iadman says: Jun 27, 2013 5:17 PM

    Just askin……Does the fiancee get the big fancy house? Or kicked to the curb since not married yet? Missed the payday babe.
    I mean, sorry for your loss.

  68. chi01town says: Jun 27, 2013 5:21 PM

    this guy went from having a 41 million dollar contract to looking at going to Jail for life. all in a week. and WHY? because he didnt like what somebody said at a night club.
    Please I would have just bought the night club and put him out.

  69. trollaikman8 says: Jun 27, 2013 5:30 PM

    Cincy tried to put in a claim but had a fax machine malfunction.

  70. jkast808 says: Jun 27, 2013 5:34 PM

    It seems like a lot of signs are pointing to him being Blood affiliated,if so he will be fine in jail as long as he puts in work,he appears to be willing to do that. His biggest challenge will be lack of freedom and not living the millionare life anymore.

  71. sandersmarcus10 says: Jun 27, 2013 5:41 PM

    Why even report this guy cleared waivers? Did you really think a murder suspect wouldnt? Its not like he tore or broke something WOW!

  72. catquick says: Jun 27, 2013 5:45 PM

    all this Lions, Bengals, Raiders will claim him stuff is getting really old. give it a rest guys. its about as fresh as Why did the chicken cross the road?

  73. orangandblack says: Jun 27, 2013 5:49 PM

    The Ravens didn’t jump on the chance to support another murderer????

  74. decimusprime says: Jun 27, 2013 5:49 PM

    His gang ties and that signing bonus will help once he’s placed. You can buy a lot of commissary and contraband with seven figures.

  75. nysaysbringit says: Jun 27, 2013 5:52 PM

    Well boys and girls…Hernandez is now being investigated for involvement in another murder. Looks like the only team to claim Hernandez is going to be D block!

  76. vbe2 says: Jun 27, 2013 5:53 PM

    sandersmarcus10 says: Jun 27, 2013 5:41 PM

    Why even report this guy cleared waivers? Did you really think a murder suspect wouldnt? Its not like he tore or broke something WOW!
    ================================

    A murder suspect will be inducted into the hall of fame in 5 years.

  77. CKL says: Jun 27, 2013 6:12 PM

    13fitzj says:
    Jun 27, 2013 4:48 PM
    I think it’s worth mentioning that the last time Aaron Hernandez had the ball on an NFL field, he was being tackled by Bernard Pollard.
    _______________________________
    I’ve blanked that game out of my mind, but if that’s true even I as a Pats fan think it’s fitting.

  78. scoobies05 says: Jun 27, 2013 7:09 PM

    a cleared murder suspect will be going into the hall of fame. cleared because he didnt do it. dont leave out the important facts

  79. ironman721 says: Jun 27, 2013 7:25 PM

    Insert Bengals jokes here……

  80. phillyphan975 says: Jun 27, 2013 7:33 PM

    So he was questioned in 2009 about a shooting, he possible shot 3 people last July and killed 2 of them, shot some guy in the face in February and now, given the circumstantial evidence, executed a friend with 5 shots…yeah he is getting off lol

  81. abusementland says: Jun 27, 2013 7:38 PM

    Tiki Barber is flabbergasted…..

  82. sfgamblers says: Jun 27, 2013 7:44 PM

    What Miami didn’t claim him. Damn!!!! We need a killer TE

  83. aljack88 says: Jun 27, 2013 7:45 PM

    u4iadman says:
    Jun 27, 2013 5:17 PM
    Just askin……Does the fiancee get the big fancy house? Or kicked to the curb since not married yet? Missed the payday babe.
    I mean, sorry for your loss.
    —————————————————–

    Hernandez is the father of her child; ie: child support. There will be some pay, after the lawyer’s take their share first.

  84. aljack88 says: Jun 27, 2013 8:00 PM

    scoobies05 says:
    Jun 27, 2013 7:09 PM
    a cleared murder suspect will be going into the hall of fame. cleared because he didnt do it. dont leave out the important facts
    ——————————————————–

    He plead guilty to obstruction of justice for lying to the Atlanta Police during their murder investigation. He also tossed the white tux he was wearing that night – key evidence.

    The only ones cleared are his two buddies who were acquitted. The case is still open. The HOF candidate could still be tried if new evidence or testimony comes forth.

  85. scoobies05 says: Jun 27, 2013 8:26 PM

    he plead guilty to a misdeameanor obstruction of justice charge. and yes his two friends were acquited because it was ruled they acted in self defense. so if ray was with them and he was attacked along with his friens then how would it be ruled that he acted any differently. as far as the suit…considering the events of that night im sure its covered in blood. ray panicked and tossed it. the wrong thing to do for sure. but there is no other evidence or testimony implicating him

  86. Nofoolnodrool says: Jun 27, 2013 9:27 PM

    Scoobie s. so cute how you say wrong for sure about something that could put your idol behind bars not on the field.ut hey it’s a mior detail ….what a Joe ..turn yor back on destroying evidence …the raven way…morally sad”

  87. helladonks says: Jun 27, 2013 9:45 PM

    This is one of the best trolling’s I’ve seen. Well played, sir
    *golf clap*

  88. aljack88 says: Jun 27, 2013 10:11 PM

    scoobies05 says:
    Jun 27, 2013 8:26 PM
    he plead guilty to a misdeameanor obstruction of justice charge. and yes his two friends were acquited because it was ruled they acted in self defense. so if ray was with them and he was attacked along with his friens then how would it be ruled that he acted any differently. as far as the suit…considering the events of that night im sure its covered in blood. ray panicked and tossed it. the wrong thing to do for sure. but there is no other evidence or testimony implicating him
    ———————————————————-
    This murder case is still open – remains unsolved.
    If Ray’s two friends were acquitted “because they acted in self defense”, that would mean the case is closed. Ray’s buddies were acquitted; not enough evidence to convict.
    Ray’s suit was covered in blood, there was blood in Ray’s limo and also his hotel room.
    Ray has paid the families of both murder victims out of court settlements after having lawsuits filed against him by those families. The original suits were for $10 million and $13 million but the actual settlements are undisclosed and contain a confidentiality clause.
    Settling out of court beforehand by an innocent man? Think again.

  89. bobnelsonjr says: Jun 27, 2013 10:48 PM

    He would have made a perfect viking. Maybe he still will but the vikings missed a golden opportunity.

  90. agc99 says: Jun 28, 2013 9:59 PM

    I can’t believe Cincinnati hasn’t already signed him.
    He would fit right in there.

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