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Monday, August 27, 2012
Details on Hernandez extension

By Field Yates

On Monday, the Patriots agreed to terms on a five-year contract extension with tight end Aaron Hernandez that could keep him in New England through the 2018 season.

The following are the contract details broken down by season, provided by a league source. The extension includes a $12.5 million signing bonus, $16 million in guaranteed money, and a maximum value of $40 million in additional money.

(One additional note on the bonus: it will be paid out over three installments. Hernandez will receive $6 million up front, $3.25 million in March of 2013, and $3.25 million more in March of 2014).

2012 season
Base salary: $540,000 (guaranteed)
Roster bonus: $104,000
Signing bonus: $12.5 million (prorated)

2013 season
Base salary: $1.323 million (guaranteed for injury only. This will become fully guaranteed if Hernandez is on the roster in March of 2013)
Roster bonus: $118,000
Offseason workout bonus: $82,000 (non-guaranteed)

2014 season
Base salary: $1.2 million ($1.137 million of which is guaranteed for injury only. This will become fully guaranteed if Hernandez is on the roster in March of 2013)
Offseason workout bonus: $500,000 (guaranteed if Hernandez is on the roster in March of 2013)
Additional bonus: $500,000 if named to the Pro Bowl

2015 season
Base salary: $2.3 million (non-guaranteed)
Offseason workout bonus: $500,000 (non-guaranteed)
Roster bonus: $31,250 for each game he is on the 46-man game-day roster. (Up to $500,000 for a full 16-game season).
Additional bonus: $500,000 (if named to the Pro Bowl)

2016 season
Base salary: $5 million (non-guaranteed)
Offseason workout bonus: $500,000 (non-guaranteed)
Roster bonus: $31,250 for each game he is on the 46-man game-day roster. (Up to $500,000 for a full 16-game season).
Additional bonus: $500,000 if named to the Pro Bowl

2017 season
Base salary: $6 million (non-guaranteed)
Offseason workout bonus: $500,000 (non-guaranteed)
Roster bonus: $31,250 for each game he is on the 46-man game-day roster. (Up to $500,000 for a full 16-game season).
Additional bonus: $500,000 if named to the Pro Bowl

2018 season
Base salary: $6 million (non-guaranteed)
Offseason workout bonus: $500,000 (non-guaranteed)
Roster bonus: $31,250 for each game he is on the 46-man game-day roster. (Up to $500,000 for a full 16-game season).
Additional bonus: $500,000 if named to the Pro Bowl