FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 14: (L-R) Wes Welker #83 and Aaron Hernandez #81 of the New England Patriots celebrate after Hernandez scored a 17-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter against the Denver Broncos during their AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Gillette Stadium on January 14, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Patriots Extend Aaron Hernandez Through 2018

The New England Patriots have struck a deal with Aaron Hernandez to keep him in Foxboro through 2018.

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Aaron Hernandez Secures Biggest Signing Bonus Ever For Tight End, According To Report

The details of Aaron Hernandez' contract extension are now known, and the third-year tight end will receive the largest signing bonus ever for someone at his position at $12.5 million, sweetening a deal that will keep him in New England through 2018.

Hernandez will still make base salaries under $1 million the next two seasons, but after that, he's added a five-year, $40 million extension, which includes $16 million of guaranteed money. Hernandez will be making more per year and features more guaranteed money than Rob Gronkowski, who renegotiated his deal to make him the then-fifth-highest paid tight end to the league in June. However, Hernandez' deal is a year shorter.

All in all, not a bad haul for a player who was a fourth-round pick just two years ago. It's not a bad time to be a tight end in Foxboro, as Tom Brady has made it clear on the field that he likes throwing to the duo and the Patriots have rewarded them both substantially off it.

Hernandez asked that a $50,000 donation be given to the Myra Kraft Foundation in his contract to thank the Patriots' owner, Robert Kraft, for drafting him and agreeing to negotiate the extension.

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Aaron Hernandez's Contract Extension Adds 5 More Years

The New England Patriots agreed on Monday morning to a contract extension with star tight end Aaron Hernandez.

The deal will add five years onto the existing life of Hernandez's contract, locking him up through 2018, according to Mike Reiss of

Hernandez has been an integral part of Bill Belichick's offense in the past two campaigns. The versatile tight end out of Florida University has been lined up anywhere from his natural position at tight end to running back, as seen most famously against the Denver Broncos in the 2011 playoffs.

The 22-year-old has been terrific in his initial two years with New England. Last year, Hernandez was overshadowed by his more famous teammate Rob Gronkowski, but still managed 910 receiving yards and seven touchdowns.

With both Hernandez and Gronkowski in the fold for years to come, the Patriots will present a nightmare to opposing defensive coordinators who need to account for both of these pass-catching giants.

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Aaron Hernandez, Patriots Reach Longterm Contract Extension, According To Report

The New England Patriots have struck a deal with Aaron Hernandez to keep him in Foxboro longterm.

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