By News Staff
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - The New England Patriots gave Pro Bowl tight end Aaron Hernandez a new, five-year contract on Monday.
The deal is worth $40 million, according to reports, and comes just months after the team locked up another All-Pro tight end, Rob Gronkowski, through 2019.
Hernandez's deal with run through 2018, and his base salaries of $545,000 and $570,000 for the next two seasons, respectively, will remain intact.
The 22-year-old former standout at the University of Florida wasn't available for comment during the team's player availability Monday. But Patriots coach Bill Belichick addressed the situation.
"We wouldn't have done it if we weren't happy with it,'' he said. "I'm glad it worked out.''