NFLPA Files Grievances Against Patriots On Behalf Of Hernandez
The NFLPA and former Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez filed two grievances on his behalf yesterday against his former team, seeking $6.2M in past and future salary and bonuses. The grievances allege Hernandez is due the money because it could only be taken away if he was let go for skill, cap or injury reasons. More than half of the amount, $3.25M, is due next year as the final installment of his '12 signing bonus. The Patriots have declined to pay $1.32M in '13 salary that the NFLPA alleges was guaranteed. The remaining money, in the form of salary and workout bonus, would be owed next year.
The CBA gives the Patriots 10 days from receiving the letter to respond. If the NFLPA, which sent the letter on behalf of Hernandez, is not persuaded by the response, the union can then bring the case before an arbitrator through the CBA dispute resolution process.