In August, about two months after Aaron Hernandez was arrested in connection with the killing of Odin Lloyd, the NFLPA filed a grievance against the Patriots to pay their former tight end the $82,000 offseason workout bonus he supposedly earned.
On Wednesday, according to NFL.com, the union has filed two more grievances to get Hernandez, who sits in jail today, the money the NFLPA believes he deserves.
The union says it anticipates the Patriots won't pay him a total of $6.21 million worth of guarantees he's scheduled to earn this season and in 2014.
The first grievance is for the guaranteed $1.323 million he's due for 2013, while also anticipating that the Patriots WON'T pay his $1.137M guaranteed 2014 salary and his $500K guaranteed workout bonus for that year.
The second grievance is for the anticipation the team won't pay him the $3.25 million worth of deferred signing bonus money that's due in March 2014.
Naturally, this isn't an enviable position for the union to take, but it also probably doesn't have much choice in trying to protect Hernandez.
Obviously, going to bat for Hernandez isn't going to make the union look good, but these are often as much about precedent as anything.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) October 16, 2013