The New England Patriots have avoided all of the remaining guaranteed money owed to Aaron Hernandez, which totals in at $5.91 million.
According to Ben Volin of the Boston Globe, the team will be voiding the $3.5 million in future guaranteed base salaries on Hernandez’s contract as well as the final installment on his $12.5 million signing bonus, which slots in at $3.25 million.
Per Volin’s report, a confirmed NFL source indicates that the money wasn’t guaranteed for personal conduct:
It was guaranteed for skill and injury, but it wasn’t guaranteed for personal conduct that cast the club in a negative light, and that’s why we cut him. We know the CBA. We are well within our rights.
The team may run into a problem regarding the $3.25 million, as it is the final installment of his $12.5 million signing bonus—which technically he has already earned.
Regardless of the situation, the Patriots are doing the best that they can to simply erase Hernandez’s existence with the New England Patriots organization.