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Aaron Hernandez signs rookie contract with the Patriots

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Rookie tight end Aaron Hernandez has signed his first pro contract with the New England Patriots. He has agreed to a four-year contract with the team.

Financial terms of the agreement are not known at press time.

Former Florida Gators tight end Aaron Hernandez runs after a catch against the Cincinnati Bearcats during the Allstate Sugar Bowl
Aaron Hernandez runs after a catch against the Cincinnati Bearcats during the Allstate Sugar Bowl (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)

He was drafted in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft. Before being drafted, he played college football for the Florida Gators.

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Hernandez excelled in his final season with the Gators. The tight end had 68 receptions for 850 yards and five touchdowns.

He also had one carry for 16 yards.

In his final campaign, he surpassed 100 receiving yards twice. He first had 120 receiving yards on seven receptions on November 7th, 2009, against the Vanderbilt Commodores.

Then, in his final college game, he had nine receptions for 111 yards and one touchdown in the Gators’ Sugar Bowl 51-24 win over the Cincinnati Bearcats.

His three-year college career saw Hernandez have 111 receptions in 40 college games.  He had 1,382 receptions for 12 touchdowns.

He also had one carry for 16 yards.

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Hernandez joins a Patriots team that went 10-6 during the 2009 season. His new team made the playoffs, before losing to the Baltimore Ravens 33-14 in the Wild Card round.

Ben Watson led the Patriots with 29 receptions for 404 yards. He also had five touchdown receptions.

Watson was the team’s third-best receiver behind Wes Welker and Randy Moss. Welker led the team with 1,348 yards. Moss had 1,264 yards on the season.

Chris Baker was the second-best tight end with 14 receptions. He had 142 receiving yards and two touchdowns in 16 games.

Watson started seven games at tight end. Baker also started seven games. Michael Matthews, the other tight end on the roster, did not start a single game.

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Anthony Caruso III
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Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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