FOXBOROUGH — The Patriots acted swiftly in cutting Aaron Hernandez after he was arrested in late June. But they didn’t follow protocol, and the NFL Players Association is fighting on Hernandez’s behalf to collect money it feels he is rightly owed.
According to a league source, the NFLPA filed two grievances against the Patriots on Hernandez’s behalf on Wednesday.
One to compel the team to pay Hernandez a large signing bonus payment due next March, and the other to force the team to pay him guaranteed money for 2013 and 2014, as spelled out in the contract he signed in August 2012.
Overall, the NFLPA is now fighting for Hernandez to collect $6.292 million in guaranteed money from the Patriots: base salaries of $1.323 million and $1.137 million in 2013 and 2014, an $82,000 workout bonus from this year, a $500,000 workout bonus next year, and a $3.25 million signing bonus payment due March 31, 2014.
Hernandez, awaiting trial on murder and weapons charges, has been suspended indefinitely by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. But the timing of the Patriots’ moves with Hernandez complicated matters for the team.
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