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Roger Goodell's approval needed for any team to sign Aaron Hernandez

Aaron Hernandez has been put into custody on Wednesday. (Boston Globe) Aaron Hernandez cleared waivers Thursday while the tight end was being held without bail. (Boston Globe)

Speculation on whether a team would claim Aaron Hernandez on waivers following his arrest and release by the Patriots was cooled by the NFL Thursday afternoon.

The league released a statement saying any contract a team enters into with Hernandez prior to his legal issues being resolved will not be approved until commissioner Roger Goodell holds a hearing on the player's standing.

Hernandez officially cleared waivers Thursday, which makes him a free agent even though he remains in jail without bail, facing six charges including first-degree murder.

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Here's the release posted on the NFL's communications website:

NFL clubs were advised today that if Aaron Hernandez enters into a player contract prior to the resolution of the charges pending against him, the contract will not be approved or take effect until Commissioner Roger Goodell holds a hearing. The purpose of the hearing would be to determine whether Hernandez should be suspended or face other action prior to the charges being resolved.

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