There has been a recent development in the Aaron Hernandez case that has significant implications for the 2014 Patriots. Hernandez, as we have seen, has been implicated in a double homicide in Boston. The key point is that this occured on July 16, 2012. Aaron Hernandez may be shooter in 2012 murders, police believe - News Local Massachusetts - Boston.com How is this different than the other case? It's different in that it occurred before he signed his huge extension. The Hernandez contract extension was announced around August 27, 2012 - about a month after the alleged double homicide. The crime for which he is in jail occurred after he signed the contract. According to Joel Corry with the National Football Post, the key language in the contract is Hernandez's "warranties that there were not circumstances preventing his availability to the Patriots." https://twitter.com/corryjoel/status/423878834526502912 Involvement in a recent double homicide is a circumstance that would prevent his availability. Scholars of the CBA can weigh in to provide insight into exactly what would enable termination of the contract. Presumably being charged with such a crime would provide the ability to terminate the contract, based on his lack of availability. Hernandez, per Miguel, is owed a guaranteed payment of $3.25mm in March of 2014. If the contract is voided, that automatically is wiped out - a portion of the huge $7.5mm cap fee due to Hernandez. The remainder of the cap charge, as I understand it, is related to money already paid (or possibly owed) Hernandez. The removal of that would be dependent upon actually getting that money back. This is similar to the Fanene case. The Patriots immediately released Hernandez, understanding that there would be a huge cap cost in 2014. If Hernandez is formally charged in the 2012 case, there may be significant implications for the 2014 Patriots salary cap, and their ability to afford players like Talib, Edelman, Wilfork, or others. This is not in any way celebrating cap relief based on this terrible crime. However, if the Patriots can avoid paying more money to this former player, and can successfully get money back from this alleged criminal, good for them.