UNSUPPORTED BROWSER
SI Wire

Reports: Historic Aaron Hernandez deal keeps Patriots TE combo intact

Aaron Hernandez has reached record-breaking deal with Patriots. (Will McNamee/Getty Images)

The New England Patriots and wide receiver Wes Welker have yet to agree on a contract extension, but the team assured itself of having its two valuable tight ends in the passing game for years to come.

The Patriots are putting the final touches on a five-year contract extension for Aaron Hernandez, according to multiple reports.  The Boston Globe reports the deal will be worth $40 million -- the second highest extension for an NFL tight end. The extension also includes a $12.5-million signing bonus -- the highest ever for a tight end. Hernandez will be guaranteed $16 million.

Hernandez was in line to become a free agent after the 2013 season. His extension means the Patriots will continue to field the league's most productive tight end combo.

The team gave tight end Rob Gronkowski a six-year, $54 million extension earlier this offseason.

Hernandez has produced 124 receptions for 1,473 yards and 13 touchdowns in his two seasons as a Patriot.

Hernandez and Gronkowski made history last season, combining for NFL tight end records with 169 receptions and 2,237 yards and 24 touchdowns.

More SI Wire

Close

To continue enjoying content from the most trusted name is sports, please be sure to update your current bookmark.

Our updated web address is http://www.si.com.

To continue enjoying content from the most trusted name is sports, please be sure to update your current bookmark.

Just follow these 4 easy steps:

  1. Click the Chrome menu on the browser toolbar.
  2. Select Bookmarks.
  3. Select Bookmark manager.
  4. Locate your current Sports Illustrated bookmark, click the Organize menu, then select Edit. You can now easily update the web address of your Sports Illustrated bookmark.

    Our updated web address is http://www.si.com.

To continue enjoying content from the most trusted name is sports, please be sure to update your current bookmark.

Just follow these 2 easy steps:

  1. Click the Safari bookmark manager on the browser toolbar.
  2. This will open the Bookmarks Bar. In the Bookmarks Bar, select your Sports Illustrated bookmark and manually edit the Address field.

    Our updated web address is http://www.si.com.

To continue enjoying content from the most trusted name is sports, please be sure to update your current bookmark.

Just follow these 3 easy steps:

  1. Click the Firefox bookmark manager on the browser toolbar.
  2. Select Show All Bookmarks.
  3. This will open the library window. In the Library window, select your Sports Illustrated bookmark and manually edit the Location field.

    Our updated web address is http://www.si.com.
Don't Show This Again