The financial battle between the New England Patriots and jailed tight end Aaron Hernandez has begun. Adam Schefter of ESPN is reporting that the Patriots do not intend to pay Aaron Hernandez an $82,000 offseason workout bonus due Aug. 1 for work the tight end performed this spring before being charged with murder according league sources.
Withholding the workout bonus is the first shot in the Patriots' fight to not pay the $3.25 million bonus due to Hernandez in 2014. 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. There is money, however, that New England will be unable to retrieve. By releasing Hernandez last month, the Patriots surrendered the chance to try to recoup any portion of the $9.25 million signing bonus they already gave their former tight end as part of the five-year, $40 million contract extension he signed last August.
Hernandez is currently being held without bail after being charged with the murder of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd.