Patriots Release TE Aaron Hernandez Following Wednesday Morning Arrest

The New England Patriots have released tight end Aaron Hernandez following his Wednesday morning arrest and below is their statement on the matter.

“A young man was murdered last week and we extend our sympathies to the family and friends who mourn his loss. Words cannot express the disappointment we feel knowing that one of our players was arrested as a result of this investigation. We realize that law enforcement investigations into this matter are ongoing. We support their efforts and respect the process. At this time, we believe this transaction is simply the right thing to do.”

While Hernandez has yet to be formerly charged, Greg Beddard of Sports Illustrated thinks the Patriots decision to release Hernandez now means well-connected team security director Mark Briggs thinks this is going to get much worse for the Florida product.

23-year-old Hernandez signed a five-year contract extension worth $40 million, so the Patriots will have some dead money to eat this year and next, but they obviously want to distance themselves from Hernandez at whatever the cost.

Since being drafted by the Patriots in 2010, Hernandez has registered 175 regular season catches for 1,956 yards and 18 touchdowns.

The Pittsburgh Steelers will face the Patriots in Week 9 of the 2013 season.

  • Dom

    Is there any chance of some clause allowing the Patriots to release him without taking on all the dead money?

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  • Shea Fahr

    Had the world in his hands and tossed it all away…deplorable. Best wishes to the Family of the Victim.

  • Stephen Dale

    Now just watch Jerry jones swoop in to sign him.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I agree Dom. There should be special issues which allow this even though I despise the Pats.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    sad but true….Bengals wouldn’t be far behind either.

  • Dan

    If he is quilty then, What an idiot!!!!

    He’s has: $10s of millions in the bank with more on the way, a big house in a nice place, a fiancee (haven’t seen pics, but we’ll assume she’s hot), an 8-mo old baby, his health, and a job as a starting player on a successful NFL team.

    He was living the dream and then some. This fall he could have seen the fall colors of New England and watched his daughter take her first steps. Why was it so important this guy be dead?

  • Jazz

    As much as I hate the Patriots, Bob Kraft, Bill Belli-Cheat and Tom Brady, I do agree that no Organization should have to eat the Salary Cap when an idiot is accused and convicted of doing something stupid. There should be a clause that protects the team if the guy is in fact convicted. A team should only have to eat the cap if the player is found Not Guilty. Things doesn’t look too good for this kid; talk about baggage, how did the Patriots miss all of those Red Flags?

  • Michael Mazanowski

    Lmao! If Al Davis were alive you and I would be betting on who signs his murdering ass first!

  • Michael Mazanowski

    Damn it! There goes my fantasy season! Damn you Hernandez! Damn you to hell!

  • GH05T

    got to love the perp walk lol

  • Rob

    How is this loss any different than an injury due to accident or some other item like Adams being stabbed, Ben being suspended for four games with no conviction, or a player that just bombs out like Ryan Leaf. The cause is different but should not garner an exemption for a team.

  • steves

    I was reading that Aaron may have shot another guy in the eye. He also had an altercation with Welker last year. This hot head is in the slammer and I don’t feel bad for the Pats at all. They knew what they were getting and this is the reason a lot of teams passed him up. He is a Pot smoker and failed drug test because of it. Sounds like he and the Pats got what they deserve.