To Pats' Hernandez, Deal a 'Blessing'

Matt Stone/Boston Herald

Aaron Hernandez stood tall, shoulders broad and smile wide, and he displayed some real emotion while discussing his new contract last night at Gillette Stadium.

Hernandez signed a five-year, $40 million extension through 2018. It included a $12.5 million signing bonus and $16.4 million in guaranteed money, according to sources.

Naturally, he had plenty of reasons to be excited, but his eyes watered ever so slightly as he exclaimed his happiness to spend the better part of the next decade with the Patriots [team stats].

“It’s a lifelong dream, and it’s still kind of surreal,” Hernandez said.

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