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August 28, 2012, 01:40 PM
The New England Patriots gave Pro Bowl tight end Aaron Hernandez a new, five-year contract on Monday.

The deal is worth $40 million, according to reports, and comes just months after the team locked up another All-Pro tight end, Rob Gronkowski, through 2019.

Hernandez's deal with the Patriots (No. 2 in the AP Pro32) will run through 2018, and his base salaries of $545,000 and $570,000 for the next two seasons, respectively, will remain intact.
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August 28, 2012  02:01 PM ET

Welp, since he's one of Brady's favorite targets? this doesn't surprise me,but so far? They haven't shown much in preseason. and yeah, they have too look at all thier rookies/FAs/udfas?

I'm still somewhat surprised of the low scoring so far,as keeping yer 1st stringers out of most of the game,is prudent. It may not ne benefitial too the 1st stringers too not play at all.

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August 28, 2012  02:11 PM ET
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Great news for Patriots fans and Hernandez - well deserved. But leaves me wondering, WHAT ABOUT WES WELKER!? Is that guy chopped liver? One of the most prolific pass catchers of the last half decade. He deserves a long term deal. He earned it. I think it's because he's 31 and a little guy (and GMs worry about little guys staying healthy). But he should have 3-5 productive years left, so why can't he get a 3-4 year deal? Anyway, the Pats have demonstrated that they know what they're doing with personnel decisions, so I'm sure it's in capable hands. They've made great decisions over the last 10-12 years, so I'm sure they have their sound reasons.Logan Mankins got a good deal after a protracted dispute, so maybe Wes will too.

I think you are correct about Welker. Little guys that run over the middle usually have short shelf lives but he has exceeded the norm. Guess they wonder how much longer he will be fortunate so don't want to give him many years.

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August 28, 2012  02:18 PM ET
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welker will get paid next year...........$9.5 mill. is more than gronk and aaron's [making].

will it be with the Pats?

August 28, 2012  02:19 PM ET

The one thing I've observed as a Pats fan is the squeaky wheel doesn't get oiled, it gets replaced and Welker has been squeaking. He signed the franchise tag so he's still a Pat for one more year. After that? Who knows.

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August 28, 2012  02:26 PM ET
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good question !..............we'll see how he does this year,........pats will try and offer le$$ if he loses a step [?].

I think they will use that money somewhere else..like offensive/defensive line or running back.

August 28, 2012  02:29 PM ET
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The one thing I've observed as a Pats fan is the squeaky wheel doesn't get oiled, it gets replaced and Welker has been squeaking. He signed the franchise tag so he's still a Pat for one more year. After that? Who knows.

and if they think you are not providing value no matter who you are you end up on the curb.

August 28, 2012  02:32 PM ET

The way they've been playing so far makes me think everyone's going to end up sitting on that curb.

August 28, 2012  02:34 PM ET
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The way they've been playing so far makes me think everyone's going to end up sitting on that curb.

especially those that are supposed to protect Brady!

August 28, 2012  02:37 PM ET
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Very true. But at least they are healthy. The Bolts are sitting on pins and needles wondering if Ryan (Brittle-Bones) Mathews will be ready to go Week 1. It's a fine line between getting your veterans game ready and leaving them in one play too long.In Mathews' case, one play too long was the first running play of the game. Ha.

Ripper,
No doubt about that as Cincy's lost 1 impact player already,basicaly? You have too hope yer core players are ok with a few dings on them,than going out on a cart.

Speaking of brittle bones? we cut a good WR in Jordan Shipley slotWR,as he'hadn't completely healed up on the few times he played a few downs.

Since Cincy for some reason has more good WR's this year? Let Shipley go and the Bucs scarfed him up,as Dallas and some other teams wanted him too,but something about the Bucs get 1st dibs from what i've read.

August 28, 2012  02:45 PM ET
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Ripper,No doubt about that as Cincy's lost 1 impact player already,basicaly? You have too hope yer core players are ok with a few dings on them,than going out on a cart.Speaking of brittle bones? we cut a good WR in Jordan Shipley slotWR,as he'hadn't completely healed up on the few times he played a few downs.Since Cincy for some reason has more good WR's this year? Let Shipley go and the Bucs scarfed him up,as Dallas and some other teams wanted him too,but something about the Bucs get 1st dibs from what i've read.

I bet Dallas would have wanted a crack at him. Probably followed him closely when he was at University of Texas.

August 28, 2012  02:48 PM ET
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I bet Dallas would have wanted a crack at him. Probably followed him closely when he was at University of Texas.

From what i read? Dallas did want too get him,but some rule let the Bucs get the 1st crack at him. I don't really know why or how? but the Bucs had 1st pick.

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August 28, 2012  02:53 PM ET
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They got to pick ahead of Dallas because they had a worse record last season.

Thanks for clearing that up.

August 28, 2012  02:53 PM ET
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It is difficult predicting how successful a team will be based on preseason performance.

But these are my Patriots, man. The steadiest, most rock-solid team in the AFC and here they are playing like a team in the Suburban League. Am I getting ready to panic? YES I AM. We play the Giants on Wednesday. THE GIANTS...a team we haven't been able to beat in the biggest game of the year....TWICE.

Someone get me a paper bag to breathe in, STAT!

 
August 28, 2012  02:54 PM ET
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They got to pick ahead of Dallas because they had a worse record last season.

Thanks for clearing that up,as i didn't know the particulars on that.

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