The Patriots have signed 4th-round draft pick Aaron Hernandez to a four year contract. Full contract figures are explained well here, but the Patriots inked Hernandez to a a deal that minimizes risk to the team, while allowing Hernandez to earn some good money if he stays out of trouble and performs well. After the drug-use flap this spring, this is not unexpected for the ex-Gator.
Hernandez has the promise to be a versatile weapon in the Patriots offense, with the ability to play traditional tight end, receiver, and H-back. The former gator will have more of an opportunity to play the latter two, with Alge Crumpler and the newly drafted Rob Gronkowski in the mix.