Teams looking to sign Aaron Hernandez will need Roger Goodell’s approval
Hernandez went untouched by the rest of the 31 NFL teams, indicating that no club is willing take a shot on the player until the murder charges against him in the Odin Lloyd case are first resolved. And just in case an NFL teams does not happen to have a clear head on their shoulders, the NFL released some guidelines on Thursday that makes the signing of Hernandez, before the judicial process plays out, a dreadfully complicated dealing that will scare off most clubs from such an attempt.
“NFL clubs were advised [Thursday] that if Aaron Hernandez enters into a player contract prior to the resolution of the charges pending against him,” read the statement, “the contract will not be approved or take effect until Commissioner Roger Goodell holds a hearing.”
“The purpose of the hearing would be to determine whether Hernandez should be suspended or face other action prior to the charges being resolved.”
The NFL’s decision to presently take no action regarding the situation makes sense since Hernandez can be expected to remain unemployed and out of favor with the teams in the league unless he is cleared of the murder charges. But if a team is, the additional note added towards the signing of Hernandez shall serve as a precautionary measure.
The interested team will first have to deal with persuading Goodell regarding the signing, especially when he holds the option to veto the contract or suspend Hernandez for whatever period they consider appropriate.
The 23-year-old Hernandez was arrested on Wednesday, and charged with first-degree murder as well as five gun-related counts in connection to semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd’s death last week. He was released by the Patriots few hours after the attest. Earlier Thursday, reports indicated that the Boston police were also investigating Hernandez in connection to a double-murder that took place in the area last summer.