Originally written February 18, 2013 on Patriots Life:
With Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker's future with the team uncertain, this would be the right time to consider a possible position switch for tight end Aaron Hernandez. He is obviously a receiving tight end as it is already, and has been used as a wide receiver countless times before. Wouldn't this move make sense? On paper, yes. Before signing his contract extension last offseason, some agents and analysts believed that Hernandez himself would declare that his true position is a wide receiver with the way the team was using him, so that he would be payed like one. He then signed a massive contract extension, with $16 million in his pocket (guaranteed money) and a possible maximum of $40 million. The Patriots are paying Hernandez with WR money. That is a great deal of the team's salary invested in just the Tight End position; remember they additionally gave TE Gronkowski a monster contract extension. With the Patriots investing so much into their young stars, many ha...
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