facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Patriots give Hernandez 5-year extension

Aug. 27, 2012 at 5:13 PM   |   Comments

FOXBOROUGH, Mass., Aug. 27 (UPI) -- The New England Patriots have worked out a five-year contract extension with tight end Aaron Hernandez worth up to $40 million.

Masslive.com reported the 22-year-old's contact through the 2018 season includes a $12.5 million signing bonus and $16 million guaranteed.

Hernandez had 70 catches for 910 yards and seven touchdowns in 14 games last season.

Coach Bill Belichick said the team was "happy with the deal."

"Aaron's worked hard and improved a lot in all phases of the game," Belichick said. "Passing game, running game, protection, his overall versatility -- he's done a good job for us. ... He's a hard guy to cover."

Hernandez's extension follows the six-year $54 million extension the team gave tight end Rob Gronkowski in June that runs through the 2019 season.

© 2012 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Jonathan Dwyer of the Cardinals arrested on assault charges Jonathan Dwyer of the Cardinals arrested on assault charges
2
Former L.A. Laker has his Florida driver's license suspended Former L.A. Laker has his Florida driver's license suspended
3
Panthers' Greg Hardy takes voluntary leave of absence Panthers' Greg Hardy takes voluntary leave of absence
4
Report: Li Na will announce retirement on Friday
5
Scandal-stained Vikings visit 0-2 Saints
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback