Wary Patriots play it safe with Hernandez’s deal

By Adam Silverstein
June 9, 2010

On Tuesday, the New England Patriots and former Florida Gators tight end Aaron Hernandez came to terms on a four-year contract. Details of the fourth-round pick’s deal have now been revealed, and some of the specifics of his $2.49 million agreement are revealing to say the very least.

According to The Boston Globe, Hernandez will only receive a $200,000 signing bonus, well below that of what last year’s fourth-round tight ends were paid and less than half of the $508,000 given to a draft pick taken four slots ahead of him in 2010. Instead, the remainder of his guaranteed money will be paid as roster bonuses – money he will receive if he makes the team for the subsequent years of his contract.

Hernandez will be paid $76,000 in 2010, $90,000 in 2011, $104,000 in 2012 and $118,000 in 2013 as long as he dons Patriots colors to begin those respective seasons. This provision was likely included in his deal because of character concerns stemming from the revelation that he tested positive for marijuana and failed at least one drug test while at the University of Florida. Splitting up his signing bonus allows the team to save money if he is suspended due to the NFL’s substance abuse program or the New England brass decide to cut him from the team for another reason.

He will earn $320,000 in base salary in 2010, $405,000 in 2011, $490,000 in 2012 and $575,000 in 2013. As a rookie, Hernandez can bring home a total of $620,000 if he remains with the team for the entire 2010 season.

All together, Hernandez’s deal provides him with the ability to earn as much as a third-round draft selection as long as he produces on the field and keeps his nose clean.

Photo Credit: The Boston Herald

13 Comments

  1. Daniel M. says:

    Cheap bastards’

  2. Sarasota 'cane says:

    Adam,
    What are your thoughts on the possibility of UM, FSU, GT, and Clemson moving into the SEC if the PAC10 and Big 10 expand? The PAC10 deal looks like a lock, but there is no indication yet if the Big 10 is going to take anyone but Nebraska. My guess is the Bi 10 will move to create their own Super Conference if ND comes on board, and they will stay at 12 teams if ND doesn’t.

  3. Here are my general thoughts:

    – Big Ten will add Nebraska and, if they can get Notre Dame too, will add another school (Missouri?) and jump from 11 to 14.

    – If Texas, A&M, Oklahoma, OK St., Colorado and Texas Tech all jump to the Pac-10, making it the Pac-16, the SEC is going to have to do something.

    – I don’t think UM and FSU want to face an SEC schedule, and I don’t really think the SEC wants both of them anyway. On top of that, the SEC wants to expand to new states not just add four teams from states they already have.

    – I think Georgia Tech, Clemson, Kansas and Kansas State could join the SEC. (Yes, two of those are in current SEC states, I realize that). That move would help the conference in both football and basketball and take two schools each from the ACC and Big XII, which would evaporate.

    Truth is, no one has any real idea what is going to happen SEC & ACC wise right now. I would prefer the conference stay as-is, but something will change. Georgia Tech and Clemson, IMO, are more likely from the ACC than Miami or FSU – that’s the point I’m trying to make.

  4. brlgator says:

    Texas and A&M prob wont walk without baylor and texas tech or atleast one. Texas state politics will rule that decision. And for some reason I cant imagine Texas joining the PAC10, but the BIG 10 yes.

    I think adding kansas state and kansas makes geographic sense but doesnt add any significant tv markets for the SEC network aka football revenue. I think Virginia and Virginia Tech would be a good addition to SEC to get the midatlantic involved. maybe louisville. texas would be perfect for the sec but doesnt seem to have any traction.

    Can you imagine if the big 12 breaks up and no major conference picks up kansas because there football team makes less money then vanderbilt’s? Bigwest champions for ever!!

  5. Right…as I said…Texas, A&M and TT would go together. Baylor is thrown out with the dishwater.

    Louisville would be best-case scenario, I just don’t see any way they leave the Big East. That would be a huge pick-up. Texas and the SEC just never fit in my mind – too many big fishes.

  6. Just heard SEC is going HARD after Texas A&M.

    To back up what I was saying earlier…this is from SI:

    “Schools such as Miami, Florida State, Georgia Tech and Clemson have been tossed out as possible SEC targets. Those schools don’t make sense, because the SEC already has a stranglehold on the markets they would deliver.”

  7. Sarasota 'cane says:

    Texas A & M is going to go wherever Texas goes. Right now that looks like the new PAC-16.

  8. Mr2Bits says:

    Looks like Hernandez has a crappy agent

  9. Wouldn’t say that. He got his client – a fourth-rounder – a third-round pick’s deal. Chances are he will play out the full deal and get every penny.

  10. brlgator says:

    What about wvu? I think the sec should go after the dc/midatlantic and push north up the coast. I sound like gen. lee

  11. WVU, Virginia, Missouri are all on the “cusp” of being in the South…it’s tough. WVU’s basketball is too important – they’d stay in the Big East.

  12. Drew 4 Orange & Blue says:

    The dominoes will fall on this one for quite a while….I like GT and Clemson because their biggest rivals are already in the SEC….but if the pieces don’t fit then we should just stay put

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