Source: Patriots lock up Hernandez
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NFL reporter
Posted Aug 27, 2012
Aaron Wilson

The New England Patriots have locked up versatile tight end Aaron Hernandez for the next several years with a contract extension, a league source confirmed.

Working in tandem with Pro Bowl tight end Rob Gronkowski, Hernandez has caught 124 career passes for 1,473 yards and 13 touchdowns.

The Patriots signed Gronkowski to a six-year, $54 million contract extension earlier this summer.

He has two years left on his rookie contract, a four-year, $2.78 million deal that included a $540,000 base salary this year as well as roster bonuses paid out for each game amounting to $104,000.

He's due a $630,000 base salary and $200,000 more through workout and roster bonuses next season.

The Patriots structured Hernandez's rookie deal due to a history of failed drug tests for marijuana at the University of Florida.

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