Found August 25, 2013 on Football Nation:
The New England Patriots are like every other team; they take their chances on young players hoping for high returns on the investment. Some years that investment pays off, such as drafting two star tight ends at the same time in Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski (too bad Hernandez shot himself in the foot).Other prospects don't work out so well, such as receiving disappointments like Bethel Johnson and Chad Jackson. The failures sometimes have much more of an impact on the team than the successes. The lack of an impact runner or receiver can break a team when they need help the most.But leave it to Bill Belichick to take advantage of players in the later rounds of the draft (or undrafted free agents) to find the Tom Bradys of the league. Yes, it was a mere 13 years ago that perhaps the biggest coup in draft history brought the franchise quarterback out of obscurity into NFL fame.Last year, we saw the Patriots featuring two younger running backs, selected in the second round of...

Report: Aaron Hernandez Used Angel Dust, Was One Misstep Away From Being Cut by Patriots for Missing Practice

It appears Aaron Hernandez may have been on his way out of New England regardless. The former Patriots tight end was “one misstep from being cut” by Bill Belichick, according to Rolling Stone. The magazine’s website posted six highlights from an investigation into Hernandez’s life. Among them was that Belichick was “infuriated” with Hernandez for missing practice and...

Aaron Hernandez arraignment set for Friday, September 6 at 2pm

On August 22 former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was indicted on a first-degree murder charge. He will formally have his charges read -- and enter a plea to those charges -- at an arraignment on September 6 2013 at 2 p.m. ET the Bristol County (Mass.) Clerk of Court confirmed Tuesday to Hernandez is currently being held in jail -- solitary confinement no less...

NFLPA files grievance on behalf of Hernandez

The NFL Players Association has filed a grievance to help former New England Patriots star tight end Aaron Hernandez collect an $82,000 workout bonus. The union says it has a responsibility to protect the rights in the collective bargaining agreement for all players. Hernandez's contract provides for him to receive that amount if he participated in the team's workouts from...

Report: Aaron Hernandez Abused Angel Dust; Urban Meyer Covered Up Crimes

It doesn’t matter if Aaron Hernandez is found innocent or guilty, people will be writing and talking about him for a very long time. The latest comes from Rolling Stone and paints a picture of Aaron Hernandez that sounds more like an episode of American Gangster. Bleacher Reports has the snippets. • Hernandez was a heavy user of angel dust, and had become so paranoid over the...

NFLPA files grievance with Patriots over Aaron Hernandez workout bonus

The NFLPA reportedly has filed a grievance with the New England Patriots over money Aaron Hernandez was owed by the team. Hernandez signed a five-year, $40 million extension with the Pats last August. The deal called for a $12.5 million signing bonus. Hernandez already collected $9.25 million from the new deal that the Pats will […]

NFLPA Files Grievance Over Workout Bonus Owed to Aaron Hernandez

As was initially rumored last week, the NFL Players Association has officially filed a grievance against the New England Patriots. The NFLPA is using the grievance in an attempt to collect an $82,000 workout bonus that former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez earned while he was still a part of the organization. Hernandez was cut by the team shortly after his arrest on murder charges...

NFLPA files grievance against the Patriots to recover workout bonus money for Aaron Hernandez

According ESPN’s Adam Schefter,  the NFLPA has filed a grievance against the New England Patriots for not paying Aaron Hernandez his bonus money after he was arrested for murdering Odin Lloyd. Minutes ago, NFLPA filed grievance against the Patriots to collect $82,000 in workout bonuses from Aaron Hernandez's terminated contract. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 26...

Source: NFLPA files $82,000 grievance vs. Pats for Aaron Hernandez

The NFL Players Association has filed a grievance against the New England Patriots on behalf of Aaron Hernandez a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. The NFLPA is seeking to collect $82000 in workout bonuses from Hernandez's contract the source said. The tight end's deal was terminated by the team after he was arrested on murder charges. A team can recover...

NFLPA fighting for the rights of an alleged murderer

Former Patriot Aaron Hernandez was arrested for the murder of Odin Lloyd back in June. He was released by the Patriots about a half hour later. The arrest was on the heels of a big contract extension the Patriots had just given the star tight end the year before. With the Patriots trying to recoup some money from the investment, the NFLPA is stepping in. ESPN: The NFL Players...

Rolling Stone says Urban Meyer may have covered up Aaron Hernandez crimes

Urban Meyer may be the most polarizing college football coach in America. Winning national titles will do that to you. Winning while having a boatload of your players getting arrested (25 at Florida, 8 at Ohio State thus far) (here’s the complete list) will do that to you even faster. Urban Meyer certainly has his detractors. But he has his vocal supporters too. Given what we heard...

Private detectives see holes in Patriots’ path

Last month with new details about the Aaron Hernandez murder case surfacing almost daily private detective Jay Groob sent Patriots owner Robert Kraft a sales letter. Groob pitched “investigative and security services” including “vetting due diligence and surveillance of personnel.” As president of American Investigative Services and a licensed private detective in Massachusetts...

Browns NFL’er & Former Gator hopes to raise money for orphans in Haiti

Aaron Hernandez has been indicted for murder.  Riley Cooper dropped the most heinous of racial slurs. Tim Tebow’s opportunity with New England Patriots seems to be slipping away. In a summer full of turmoil for former Gator Football players here … Continue reading →

Enter Throw The Flag’s Fantasy Football League Go to that link and sign in. Choose a funny team name and we’ll have some fun. We have to have an even amount of teams and 8 to 12 teams. Winner gets something semi-cool and a Twitter shout out but probably just a Twitter shout out. Join in on the fun! It’s a Yahoo! league. You probably should draft Tim Tebow or Aaron Hernandez ASAP too.

Patriots focus on football after rough offseason

A training camp filled with potential pitfalls went about as smoothly as the New England Patriots could have hoped. They addressed the Aaron Hernandez situation early, minimized the attention on Tim Tebow and found promising young wide receivers after losing their top two from last season. And Rob Gronkowski may be ready sooner than expected after back surgery. Now the AFC East...
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