Aaron Hernandez is being investigated for a homicide he reportedly has connections to. 27 year old Odin Lloyd’s body was found in an industrial park near the tight end’s home in Foxboro. The connection found between the two men is in their love lives. Hernandez’ girlfriend’s sister was reportedly dating Lloyd at the time of his death.
Officials obtained a warrant to search the home of Hernandez after it was revealed that he was directly involved in the incident. Reports claim that the two men were seen together at a bar along with two other men the night of the homicide. The four individuals left together in a car from the bar, no word yet on the whereabouts of the vehicle they left in.
Although Sports Illustrated has claimed that Aaron Hernandez is not a suspect in the investigation, it is not the only shooting incident he is being investigated for. A lawsuit was filed by Alexander Bradley regarding an incident that took place on February 13.
Bradley and Hernandez reportedly were together at a night club, where an argument broke out. The two left together where the argument continued, and escalated to the point where Hernandez pulled a gun that discharged into the face of Bradley. The lawsuit filed June 13 charges Hernandez with $100,000 in damages.
Aaron Hernandez is in hot water, he may not be guilty of anything, but for now lets imagine the hypothetical situation where he is no longer able to play football. Tim Tebow would see a major door open for him should Aaron Hernandez miss time as a result of the murder investigation against him.
Bill Belichick may have known something was about to happen to his tight end situation. Rob Gronkowski underwent his fifth surgery of the off season, and as a result has a chance of missing time this season. Aaron Hernandez is now being investigated for murder. Enter Tebow, struggling as a quarterback, the Patriots gave him a chance on a league minimum contract.
Always mum with the media, perhaps the Patriots knew something was happening, and viewed Tebow as the best available tight end prospect should they need a replacement. Tebow has the size to be an effective tight end at 6’3″ and 235 lbs. He also has shown the ability to run the football effectively, making him a threat once the ball is in his hands.
The only real questions about Tebow making the long rumored transition to a position other than quarterback, are whether or not he would be able to run routes and block effectively enough to stay in the lineup. Should Tebow practice at the position all of training camp, he should be able to become at least adequate at the position.
Should the Hernandez murder investigation open the door for Tebow, the team would have a safety net should he struggle. They brought in former Giants tight end Jake Ballard as well this off season. Tebow would be given the chance to succeed again in the NFL, something he was able to do in Denver despite all odds being against him.
This situation may not look good for the Patriots on paper, but it may have provided an opportunity for Tebow to once again become a savior of a football team. If Aaron Hernandez has to sit out of football as a result of the murder investigation, or if Rob Gronkowski has to miss time due to injury, the door will open for Tebow to save the day at a new position.
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