Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez Says Drug Issues "In the Past"

Two days after the 2010 NFL draft, Albert Breer of the Boston Globe reported that New England Patriots fourth-round tight end Aaron Hernandez had failed multiple drug tests while at the University of Florida.

Hernandez denied the claim, and hasn't spoken to the media about it until today, where Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald reports Hernandez as saying that his off-field issues are in the past.

"That’s in the past," Hernandez said. "I’m just worried about the future and the present. I just keep coming out every day, I forgot about the past, I just keep grinding and do the best I can for this team."

Last week, Breer reported that the Patriots took a cautious approach with Hernandez when they signed him to a four-year contract, inserting yearly roster bonuses tied to Hernandez making the 53-man roster.

A day later, I added that Hernandez not only has to make the 53-man roster, but that he needs to stay on the 53-man roster--or a injured reserve or PUP list--each week in order to receive the full amount of those roster bonuses.

Hernandez stands to make second-round money in this contract, but in order to do so, those off-field issues need to remain in the past.

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