Posted August 27, 2012 on AP on Fox

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 19: Aaron Hernandez of the New England Patriots runs through a tackle from David Harris of the New York Jets during the first quarter at the New Meadowlands Stadium on September 19, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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 will run through 2018, and his base salaries of $545,000 and $570,000 for the next two seasons, respectively, will remain intact. The 22-year-old former standout at the University of Florida wasn't available for comment during the team's player availability Monday. But Patriots coach Bill Belichick addressed the situation. ''We wouldn't have done it if we weren't happy with it,'' he said. ''I'm glad it worked out.'' Hernandez had 910 yards receiving last season and seven touchdowns as the Patriots won the AFC before losing to the Giants in the Super Bowl. In two seasons, he has 124 catches, 1,473 yards and 13 scores. He's also carried the ball eight times for 92 yards.
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