Patriots, Aaron Hernandez agree to extension

Earlier this year, the Patriots made sure tight end Rob Gronkowski would be sticking around for a while, and now they’ve locked up his fellow 2010 draft pick: via NFL.com and ESPN.com, the team and Aaron Hernandez have agreed to a multi-year extension that will keep him with New England through 2018.

Hernandez is a versatile offensive weapon for the Pats: last year, he recorded 79 receptions for 910 yards and seven touchdowns in 14 games, and also got five carries for 45 yards.

The hybrid tight end, who won’t turn 23 until November, is a Connecticut native who played at Florida. New England drafted him in the fourth round in 2010; although Hernandez was considered a highly talented prospect coming out of college, there were off-field concerns that caused him to drop in the draft.

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New England selected him, and there have been no known off-field for Hernandez since he came to the team.