As expected, the Patriots will not willingly pay another penny to Aaron Hernandez. According to Ben Volin of the Boston Globe, whose article is unfortunately trapped behind a pay wall, the Patriots have “voided” all remaining guaranteed money due and owing to Hernandez. This includes $2.5 million in future guaranteed base salaries and the final $3.25 million installment of his already-earned $12.5 million signing bonus. Per Volin, the Patriots also will refuse to pay $200,000 for workout and roster bonuses earned this year. “It was guaranteed for skill and injury, but it wasn’t guaranteed for personal conduct that cast the club in a negative light, and that’s why we cut him,” an unnamed team source told Volin. “We know the CBA. We are well within our rights.” As to the $2.5 million in guaranteed base salaries, there will be no fight from Hernandez or the NFLPA. Multiple sources on both sides of the issue have told PFT that salary guaranteed for injury, skill, and salary cap can be voided if a player is cut for conduct unbecoming to the team. But the Hernandez camp will argue strenuously that the Patriots have no right to withhold the $3.25 million in deferred signing bonus money. The money already has been earned. Just like the $9.25 million Hernandez already has received, he technically should get the remaining $3.25 million.
Pats officially shut off any remaining pay to Hernandez
Pro Football Talk | Jun 29