You can write off Aaron Hernandez from your fantasy keeper leagues. Shortly after the New England Patriots TE was arrested on unknown charges, the Patriots released the veteran who just received a contract extension last season. While it’s not safe to assume anything, the release of Hernandez with such a sizable salary cap hit could possibly have more information than the media on what is going on with his arrest.
The Patriots are already short handed at TE with the recovery of Rob Gronkowski from shoulder surgery. The duo of Gronkowski and Hernandez gave the Patriots a formidable offensive system that saw both TE’s active in the passing game. The Patriots lost Wes Welker to free agency and picked up Danny Amendola in the NFL’s version of March Madness. The loss of Hernandez however severely hurts a team that will face a tougher AFC East division in 2013.
For now, with Hernandez gone, the next step is to find out what exactly Hernandez is being charged with. The Patriots released a simple statement ending with “It was the right thing to do”.