Patriots settle grievances on Antonio Brown, Aaron Hernandez contracts

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The Patriots have settled two longstanding grievances over former players’ contracts.

According to ESPN, the settlements have freed up more than $7 million in cap space for the Patriots, who were almost completely out of cap space.

The grievances came from Antonio Brown, who was cut one game after signing a one-year, $15 million contract, and Aaron Hernandez, who was cut less than a year after signing a five-year, $39.58 million contract.

Hernandez committed suicide in prison after he was convicted of murder, but the grievance with his estate was ongoing.

The Patriots now have $7.79 million in cap space.

65 responses to “Patriots settle grievances on Antonio Brown, Aaron Hernandez contracts

  1. Sorry, but Hernandez’s contract should’ve been cut when he was convicted of murder and sentenced to prison:

  2. Wow!
    The other day this team is under a million…Today they win the lottery! How lucky can they get? Geezzzz….

  3. “Sorry, but Hernandez’s contract should’ve been cut when he was convicted of murder and sentenced to prison”

    Talk to the league about the standard contracts they have designed and why players who commit serious crimes can still expect to get paid certain portions thereof.

    I’m sure the Pats would have preferred to never pay him another penny but at least Kraft did the right thing and took the hit rather than keeping him on the roster to try and recover the money

  4. It would be great to know a little more… How much did the Pats have to pay the Hernandez estate and AB, if anything? Throw us a bone.

  5. Oh Billy Boy still playing Chess. Negoitiate with Cam the we have No $$$/capspace contract all the while putting the final touches on a Settlement that creates enough cap space to get through the season. If we have one. A whole one. Love this Guy

  6. Despite the losses in the offseason, this team continues to remain relevant. I’d like to think that while Belichick is great at game planning, studying players’ strengths and weaknesses, and managing a nontoxic locker room, Tom Brady executed the plays he needed to in order to win. It was almost the perfect formula for success. With Cam Newton, who knows. Maybe he’ll become as memorable as Steve Grogan.

  7. Well Well Well… What are they going to do with all that CAP space? I’m thinking a TE?

  8. _________________________________________________

    Hernandez committed suicide in prison after he was convicted of murder, but the grievance with his estate was ongoing.
    The Patriots now have $7.79 million in cap space.

    ________________________________________________

    Well that’s quite the transition.

  9. Luck? People are kidding themselves. They’re amazing. They probably knew this was coming all year, while people laughed at their cap jail. Then they sign Newton for a bag of balls. Watch them turn around and get Clowney for nothing, or something similar. How’s it feel, Bills fans?

  10. Now I am not an AB fan I’m a die hard Steeler fan but the Patriots should have to pay him every cent of his guarantee they are the ones who took the risk on him. Raiders however should be able to get out of the deal because AB clearly wasn’t gonna play. I hope that no one else signs him again and he will go away but some team will do it and pay for it.

  11. If you murder someone and get sent to prison you should not get paid by your employer. Nothing else to discuss.

  12. Forget getting new players, $7.79M is just about what a normal team needs to get trough the year so they can replace injured players and stuff like that.

  13. ccoley says:
    July 11, 2020 at 1:11 pm
    Now I am not an AB fan I’m a die hard Steeler fan but the Patriots should have to pay him every cent of his guarantee they are the ones who took the risk on him.
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    I thought he failed to disclose the harassment(?) stuff so he would get signed. If disclosed they may not have signed him. Hard to sort out all the shady stuff with this dude and when it happened. After how he behaved in Oakland and with Mayock, there is no way the Patriots should have signed him but the legal stuff may be their out on this one.

  14. jurgyisgod says:
    July 11, 2020 at 1:26 pm
    If you murder someone and get sent to prison you should not get paid by your employer. Nothing else to discuss.
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    Agreed. Also, your employer shouldn’t receive any cap relief from the league for employing a murderer.

  15. Maybe finagling enough space to work a long term deal with Thuney at the 11th hour?

  16. If I remember correctly because he died while on appeal he technically was not totally convicted of murder. It was supposed to be one of the reasons why he committed suicide, so his family could collect on part of his contract.

  17. Gotta love the enthusiasm of Pats fan as if Cam Newton/Stidham isn’t gonna skip a beat from where Brady carried them for 15yrs plus. This isn’t Montana to Young or Favre to Rodgers.
    Not hating just being honest

    Do I believe they will be competitive
    Yes and because of Bellicheck. The guy is an absolute defensive mastermind. Bellicheck is a hell of a coach despite what any pats hater says. Its undeniable

    -9ER fan

  18. ABrown is a bad dude, and it was a questionable signing by the Pats. I’ll admit, as a Pats fan, I was excited to see what would happen. But there is one crucial piece of info. Brown had a bad record, but there was another ridiculous incident coming down thee pike that Brown AND DRosenhaus decided to keep from the Pats. They did take a risk, but some of the risk was hidden in a disingenuous way. Maybe the Pats could have done more due diligence, but when it came out, Brown was gone. They deserve some of that money back.

  19. ccoley says:
    July 11, 2020 at 1:11 pm
    Now I am not an AB fan I’m a die hard Steeler fan but the Patriots should have to pay him every cent of his guarantee they are the ones who took the risk on him. Raiders however should be able to get out of the deal because AB clearly wasn’t gonna play. I hope that no one else signs him again and he will go away but some team will do it and pay for it.
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    Lol. Yup, you are a die hard Steeler fan all right.

  20. I never said the Pats aren’t gonna miss a beat. Their norm is being a SBowl favorite. But, despite the fact they have top 5 STeams and D, I had no confidence Stidham could get them beyond the 7-9/9-7 range. Now, if Newton even approaches his MVP self, a bridge year just became a year that will be very exciting to watch. IMO. If it happens.

  21. Legally speaking, Aaron Hernandez died an innocent man.

    Logically speaking, he shouldn’t have received a dime after he was arrested on such heavy allegations.

  22. Antonio’s contract had guaranteed money and it should all
    be counted towards the Pats’ cap. I’d like to hear more
    how this was resolved. We need details.

    The Pats knew very well that AB had a checkered past.
    It was up to them to look into whether there was anything else.
    They failed to do their due diligence and it bit them.

    They thought themselves smarter than the others and
    decided to take a calculated risk. It backfired on them.
    They should have to pay up to the fullest. I don’t see why
    they deserve another break.

  23. But where’d the money go? How does that suddenly clear up cap space? Surely any team can do it, with old contracts…although most teams don’t carry cap hits for murderers.

  24. Pat’s had just given Hernandez a new contract and decided not to include a personal conduct clause as they had under his first contract. He totally conned Kraft into believing that he had changed his ways. Meanwhile, he was in the middle of murdering several people. Drugs, gang affiliation, mental illness and documented CTE all played a part in his downfall. The AB signing was a desperate attempt to please Brady and have a long shot at a Superbowl. Same thing with Gordon….both disasters.

  25. To clear up a misconception I’ve seen a couple times in this comments thread, Aaron Hernandez did not die an innocent man. He was convicted of first-degree murder several months before his death.

  26. I see at least one and maybe more people wondering how this was done. It is actually not that complicated. AB agreed to accept less than the $9 million guaranteed remaining on his contract, and the Hernandez estate accepted less than whatever guarantees remained there. Those resolutions free up cap space. I am sure this is not the first time in the NFL that settlement of grievances have freed up cap space for teams.

    I am just surprised to hear that there had still been some ongoing grievance dealing with the Hernandez estate.

  27. With both of these players, there was quite a bit of baggage. Many questioned bringing Hernandez to a team so close to where he grew up as a known gang member. Florida was more of the same things he’d been suspected of doing in CT. When you gamble with questionable players, you gamble. Cap relief? That’s a joke.

  28. Hernandez was a 1rst or 2nd rnd talent, that the Pats got in the 4th rnd. They watched for 2 yrs, he played great and was a good soldier. He fooled them. Sociopaths are good at that. Then they paid him. It blew up in their face. Sometimes you whiff. They drafted and paid Gronk, and they hit. With 90 players things happen

  29. Kraft will also save millions on Brady by not having to pay him under the table anymore. Wonder how much his hair plugs specialist cost a week and did he travel with the team?

  30. thermanmerman99 says:
    July 11, 2020 at 5:31 pm
    Kraft will also save millions on Brady by not having to pay him under the table anymore. Wonder how much his hair plugs specialist cost a week and did he travel with the team

    Lame

  31. Kraft will also save millions on Brady by not having to pay him under the table anymore. Wonder how much his hair plugs specialist cost a week and did he travel with the team?
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    If I were a Colts fan too I might believe that. The sky color in your world must be fascinating.

  32. Aaron Hernandez was appealing his conviction at the time he killed himself, so the process had yet to conclude and therefore under Massachusetts law, as I understand it, he technically was not 100% “guilty” yet, which meant that the Patriots couldn’t refuse his estate the guaranteed money. I think Massachusetts wound up scrapping that law because it was outdated (and Hernandez was trying to game the system with it) and that’s why they don’t owe his estate anything now.

  33. So, are there any cap experts who can interpret what this means as far as how much the settlements were?

  34. thermanmerman99 says:
    July 11, 2020 at 5:31 pm

    Kraft will also save millions on Brady by not having to pay him under the table anymore. Wonder how much his hair plugs specialist cost a week and did he travel with the team?
    _______________

    Please forward your documentation to the league office.

  35. Whats the big deal on Hernandez money being paid out? Ray Lewis was incvolved in a double murder, got paid, gets to be on tv and put in the Hall of Fame.

    Still waiting for you to hand over your white suit Ray…..

  36. I followed the Hernandez case closely. I haven’t heard a thing about his case since he died. Does anyone know how much was paid or is to be paid to his estate? Mindless information, but id like to know.

  37. I would think double homicide would void your guarantees. It ultimately cost OJ his Heisman. Wonder how much they were trying to recover between the two contracts (to get the $7 mil or so)?

  38. mzew233 says:
    July 11, 2020 at 2:17 pm
    RIP #81 AH.

    The man murdered three people, in cold blood.

    Not even the worst troll would post “RIP #81 AH”

  39. The Patriots had been charged the full amounts to their caps for previous years. By settling the amounts for less, they have forwarded the amounts to this year. Or, if not used this year, can be allocated to next year.
    Brown settled on $5 mil as opposed to contract of $9 mil, so $4 mil forwarded.
    Hernandez estate settled on #3.45 mil as opposed to contract amount of $6 mil, so $2.55 mil saved.

  40. They thought themselves smarter than the others and
    decided to take a calculated risk. It backfired on them.
    They should have to pay up to the fullest. I don’t see why
    they deserve another break.

    ______________________________________________

    AB failed to disclose being in the middle of negotiating with one party about sexual harassment while being freshly accused by other parties of the same thing. That’s enough to get the contract voided.
    You thought yourself smarter than others and decided to take a calculated risk to post your comment.
    It backfired on you.

  41. Agreed that no money should go to AH, but it won’t because the man is no longer among the living. I just hope that they structured the settlement as a trust for his daughter, only. The Baby mamma was an accomplice to the crime as she hid and disposed of evidence. She shouldn’t get a dime. The AB settlement was likely an agreement between Kraft and BB, where BB takes some of the hit (maybe a favor later) to compensate for that disastrous signing. Kraft is trying to clear the deck for a fresh start after all the BS of the last couple of years. Total speculation on my part but hey, that’s what we do here.

  42. drocity says:
    July 12, 2020 at 7:32 am

    Kraft is trying to clear the deck for a fresh start after all the BS of the last couple of years.
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    They won the SB 2 years ago, so I really have no idea what you are talking about.

  43. billsmafia772 says:
    July 12, 2020 at 8:32 am
    Would love to be a fly on the wall when Cam finds out
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    Considering these proceedings have been taking place since last year you have to figure Cam knew already.

  44. covidiots says:
    July 11, 2020 at 12:44 pm
    ……
    I’m sure the Pats would have preferred to never pay him another penny but at least Kraft did the right thing and took the hit rather than keeping him on the roster to try and recover the money.

    ______________
    Keeping him on the roster would not have recovered any money.

  45. BB does it again.
    _____________________

    Huh? By signing two guys with huge red character flags in their past and then caving and paying them despite conduct detrimental to the team? I wonder how much AB got paid for his one game with the Pats. Good job, Bill. Awesum.

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