Originally posted on USA TODAY Sports, Lindsay H. Jones
Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley announced Thursday that Hernandez has been indicted after a long grand jury investigation into the shooting deaths of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado.
The Patriots have not paid Hernandez a dollar since cutting him last June, within hours of his arrest on murder charges in the death of Odin Lloyd.
These additional charges mean the Patriots could try to recoup the guaranteed money from Hernandez’s contract and win in the grievance that had been filed last year by the NFL Players Association on Hernandez’s behalf, former NFL agent Joel Corry told USA TODAY Sports.
Hernandez had been paid $9.5 million of the $12.5 million he was guaranteed at the time of his arrest.
“It can be a game changer, because of specific language in the addendums to Hernandez’ contract,” Corry said.
That language is in Paragraph 35 of the addendums, and reads that “As of the date of execution hereof, no circumstances exist that would prevent player’s continuing availability to the club for the duration of the contract.”
“If he killed two people, that’s a circumstance that would prevent his availability,” Corry said.
The NFL Players Association last summer filed a grievance on Hernandez’s behalf to recoup money he was due. That included $82,000 in workout bonuses Hernandez earned by participating in the Patriots’ 2013 offseason program that had not yet been paid at the time of his arrest.
The NFLPA has not responded to phone message from USA TODAY Sports seeking comment