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Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Hernandez on Gronk: 'Who could be mad?'

By Mike Rodak



FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez are partners in crime on the football field, the duo taking the league by storm in their first two seasons in the NFL.

Last week, Gronkowski received a six-year, $53 million contract extension, while Hernandez' contract is up after the 2013 season. Speaking to reporters at Tuesday's minicamp, Hernandez said he has no hard feelings about Gronkowski getting paid first.

"I don't know who could be mad about that," Hernandez said with a smile. "I'm happy for him. He deserves it."

Hernandez was asked if he is looking for a long-term deal himself.

"Yeah, but I'll leave that up to my agents," Hernandez said. "And that's that."

On Tuesday, Hernandez returned to the field after missing last Thursday's practice for undisclosed reasons. The team is still without Gronkowski during minicamp, but Hernandez expects his teammate to be back for training camp.

"I think we'll be fine. Obviously, Gronk, he's going to come back strong. He's a hard worker and he's obviously freakish with his ability," Hernandez said. "We're missing him out there but obviously he'll be ready when we get back."