With Aaron Hernandez’s murder conviction now erased, it could open the door for his attorneys to go after the Patriots for the unpaid portions of the $39.8 million contract Hernandez signed in August 2012.

Hernandez’s attorney, Jose Baez, told TMZ yesterday his legal team was in talks with the NFL player’s former agents to see how the abatement of his murder conviction will impact his contract with the Patriots.

Whether Hernandez’s estate sees a penny of that money remains a big question at this point. Baez indicated the Hernandez camp is exploring options, and not rushing into any action. But he did leave the door open to going after the Patriots and the pot of cash that was withheld following Hernandez’s arrest in the shooting death of Odin L. Lloyd.