The New England Patriots do not intend to pay Aaron Hernandez an $82000 offseason workout bonus due Aug. 1 for work the tight end performed this spring before being charged with murder according to league sources who have spoken to the team.
The Patriots declined comment.
Withholding this offseason workout bonus is expected to be a harbinger of the $3.25 million bonus due to Hernandez in March 2014 which league sources said the Patriots also will not pay.
Thus more than $3.3 million dollars that Hernandez was counting on is expected to be contested at the very least. Should New England do what multiple sources in the league are expecting it then will force Hernandez's agents to file a grievance against the Patriots to attempt to recover money that they believed was guaranteed him per sources.
It sets up yet another battle between the Patriots and agent David Dunn who has something of a contentious recent history with the Patriots.