FOXBOROUGH -- It's no secret that Aaron Hernandez's training camp has been exceptional. His play has been of the standout variety since camp started.
In a new video below produced by UX Entertainment for Fingerprint Communications at a workout in Southern California, Hernandez talks about how he prepared for this season and how this is his first real training camp after going through his rookie and a lockout-shortened camp last year.
Hernandez, who is on the third year of his four-year contract, is likely working on his image in preparation for the 2014 offseason in which the tight end/wide receiver hybrid will likely cash in on his exploits as a Patriot. In three seasons, he's totaled 124 catches, 1,479 yards and 13 touchdowns. His current salary is structured in a way in which he has to meet several incentives in order to receive the complete value of his deal, $3.798 million over four years. His base salary for this season is $479,000 with a workout bonus of $96,000 and a roster bonus of $104,000. So he basically has to earn everything he gets, and it's safe to say Hernandez will command much more money when he hits free agency in 2014.
The reason his contract is structured in such a way largely has to do with the multiple failed drug tests he had at the University of Florida for marijuana use. Since arriving in New England, he hasn't had any off field incidents and no brushes with the league's substance abuse policy. And with all the incentives in place, Hernandez appears to be showing in this video he is fighting off that image that dropped him from a projected late first round or early second round pick to the fourth round, and working earnestly toward a big pay day in 2014 or earlier.