Aaron Hernandez | TE
Posted: 6/29/2013 7:51pm et
The New England Patriots have voided the rest of free-agent TE Aaron Hernandez's guarantees in his contract. Hernandez was guaranteed $2.5 million in guaranteed salary, $3.25 million from his signing bonus and some workout bonuses.
Huddle Up: The way things look right now, that sort of currency wouldn't matter to Hernandez anyway.
Posted: 6/26/2013 3:07pm et
Free-agent TE Aaron Hernandez has been charged with murder in the killing of Odin Lloyd. Hernandez has also been charged with five gun-related offenses in addition to his murder charge.
Huddle Up: The prosecution has laid out a detailed timetable of the events leading up to Lloyd's death, with what appears to be a wealth of evidence against Hernandez. Being cut by the Patriots looks to be the least of his worries.
Posted: 6/26/2013 11:48am et
The New England Patriots released TE Aaron Hernandez. Hernandez is unlikely to be claimed off waivers as he's owed a $1.323 million salary in 2013. The Patriots will carry a $2.5 million salary cap penalty for 2013 after the release of Hernandez. His $1.323 base salary was guaranteed, and his cap number is $4.073 million for 2013. He had a $12.5 million signing bonus prorated over five years, and the team could attempt to retrieve the portion they paid. The Patriots will have an $8.637 million salary cap hit for 2014.
Huddle Up: A quick and decisive move for the Patriots with regards to Hernandez's future with the team. From a football perspective, if Rob Gronkowski isn't ready to start the season then Jake Ballard will likely be the Patriots' primary tight end.
Posted: 6/26/2013 11:48am et
New England Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez was arrested and taken from his home in handcuffs Wednesday, June 26.
Huddle Up: The charges are unknown at this time, but an arraignment is expected later today. This is a significant development in the homicide investigation that has swirled around Hernandez the past few weeks.
Posted: 6/26/2013 12:02am et
The attorney for New England Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez, Michael Fee, issued a statement regarding the investigation of a homicide involving his client: 'Over the past week, our client, Aaron Hernandez, has been the subject of a relentless flood of rumors, misinformation and false reports in the media,' the statement said. 'These include the repeated publication of a supposedly confirmed report that an arrest warrant had been issued for Aaron, a report that was exposed as untrue. None of these false reports come from official sources and we appreciate the professionalism and restraint shown by the Bristol County District Attorney's Office to date with regard to its public statements while its investigation is underway. Out of respect for that ongoing investigation, we will continue to refrain from commenting on its substance.' USA TODAY Sports pointed out that there was no statement of innocence and no cautioning the public against a rush to judgment. The lawyer who represented Baltimore Ravens LB Ray Lewis in a 2000 murder trial, Ed Garland, spoke to USA TODAY Sports prior to the release of Fee's statement, telling them among other things that he believed police 'are trying to make a murder case on Hernandez by methodically putting all the pieces together' and that Fee should be more aggressive to state his client's case.
Huddle Up: Just an update here as there's been no developments in the past couple days that could potentially hurt or help the TE's status come the regular season.
Posted: 6/24/2013 9:29pm et
Updating an ongoing story, six law-enforcement members from the Massachusetts State Police searched wooded areas on either of the street that leads into the development where New England Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez lives and found "no evidence," one of them said Monday, June 24. Another officer, who requested anonymity, said of the pond near the wooded area, "That's already been cleared."
Huddle Up: No news is probably good news for Hernandez, who may still face the wrath of the league even if no charges are filed in this or the other alleged cases that have surfaced during the current investigation.
Posted: 6/23/2013 11:47pm et
Authorities searched New England Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez's house Saturday, June 22, and left with around 15 bags of apparent evidence. Authorities are expected to execute an arrest warrant against Hernandez at some point.
Huddle Up: To reiterate, there have been no charges officially filed, but things seemingly appear darker for the Patriots' TE with each Internet news flash. You'll have no choice but to stay tuned . . .
Posted: 6/21/2013 2:50pm et
New England Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez was instructed to leave the team's facility when he showed up Thursday, June 20. Despite earlier reports to the contrary, law enforcement sources said there hasn't been an arrest warrant issues for Hernandez or anyone else in the Odin Lloyd investigation.
Huddle Up: Not sure if the Patriots don't want to deal with the media circus or if they're simply being cautious regarding Hernandez and his current legal issues, but if he's already getting the cold shoulder from his team that doesn't bode well for what might be coming down the pipeline--either from the Patriots or the league offices.
Posted: 6/21/2013 2:50pm et
New England Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez is accused of destroying evidence in the homicide case of Odin Lloyd. The security system at Hernandez's home, which included video, was intentionally destroyed. His cell phone was handed to police in pieces. Police also want to know why a team of house cleaners were hired on Monday to scrub Hernandez's mansion, the sources said.
Huddle Up: This sounds like an episode of CSI:NE gone horribly wrong, and it certainly doesn't look good for Hernandez. His plummeting fantasy stock is the least of his worries right now.
Posted: 6/21/2013 2:50pm et
The Palm Beach sheriff's office said the case involving New England Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez allegedly shooting a man in the face remains closed because the victim has not cooperated with the police. In the initial report, the victim said he did not know who shot him and did not cooperate with the police.
Huddle Up: With the current case allegedly involving Hernandez garnering headlines, several previous incidents are getting more publicity--including a 2007 shooting when Hernandez was at the University of Florida and an incident in June outside a Providence, Rhode Island nightclub. Add it up and even without any convictions or even formal charges and Hernandez is likely to incur a game or two vacation courtesy of the league offices--and at the moment that's looking like a best-case scenario.
Posted: 6/19/2013 3:51pm et
New England Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez was sued earlier this month for allegedly shooting someone in the face following an incident in Miami. The case was dismissed four days after it was filed, which could indicate the two sides reached a settlement. The victim claims he suffered serious damage including the loss of his right eye and needed surgery on his face and arm.
Huddle Up: Hernandez has done a nice job of keeping this incident quiet, but his recent involvement in a homicide investigation must have popped the lid. It's certainly a strike against him in the court of public opinion, and with the current investigation you have to expect the league office to get involved for a discussion of Hernandez's off-the-field conduct. Even without any formal charges he may be looking at a game or two suspension. This makes for an eventful offseason for those with an interest in Patriot tight ends.
Posted: 6/19/2013 12:42pm et
Updating previous reports, New England Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez has not been ruled out as a suspect in the homicide case, and he is not cooperating, according to a law enforcement source.
Huddle Up: With Rob Gronkowski already in danger of missing the start of the regular season, this was to be Hernandez's opportunity to shine. Instead, it looks as if he'll spend the rest of the offseason entangled in this legal mess--and that's a best-case scenario. Suddenly the Patriots' pick-up of Jake Ballard last offseason is looking like a shrewd move.
Posted: 6/18/2013 10:52pm et
New England Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez was questioned by police investigating a possible homicide in a town 40 miles south of Boston on Tuesday, June 18. The police were interested in possibly searching Hernandez's home. He's not believed to be a murder suspect, though, but a vehicle that was rented in his name has become a key piece of evidence. The police are hoping to analyze the vehicle for fingerprints. A body was found Monday, June 17, less than a mile from Hernandez's home.
Huddle Up: Just when you were set to move up Hernandez on your TE draft board due to teammate Rob Gronkowski's health issues, this deeply disturbing news surfaces. Definitely see what develops . . .
Posted: 6/4/2013 11:51pm et
New England Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez (shoulder) was limited to side work during OTAs on Tuesday, June 4. He later caught passes from QB Tom Brady on another field while going through a route tree and QB coach Mike Kafka after that session. Hernandez appears to be progressing.
Huddle Up: The Pats are counting on a healthy Hernandez with Rob Gronkowski a major Week 1 question mark at this point after having undergone 5 surgeries since last November.
Posted: 4/22/2013 12:39pm et
Updating previous reports, New England Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez could need around four months to recover from shoulder surgery. He could be put on the Physically Unable to Perform list when training camp opens.
Huddle Up: A four-month time frame still puts Hernandez back on the field for the start of the regular season, but between he and Rob Gronkowski's respective rehabs the top of the tight end fantasy draft board is looking a little bit shaky.