Patriots settle grievances on Antonio Brown, Aaron Hernandez contracts

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Prior to the settlements, the Patriots had the least amount of cap space in the league.

Hernandez' grievance was also settled and the Patriots received a $2.55 million credit, per ESPN.

The club now has $7.79 million in cap space after settling compensation grievances with former wideout Antonio Brown and the late Aaron Hernandez, according to ESPN reporters Field Yates and Mike Reiss.

Brown's grievance likely centered around his signing bonus earned by inking a deal with the Patriots previous year.

Wide Receiver Antonio Brown of the New England Patriots warms up prior to the game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium

Brown spent 11 days with the Patriots last fall before he was cut following allegations of sexual impropriety. As a result of the settlement, the Patriots will pay him only $5 million. In fact, Brown appeared in just a single contest for New England, totaling 56 yards and a touchdown in the team's 43-0 Week 2 win over the Dolphins.

New England cut Brown on September 20, one game after he signed a one-year, $15m contract, with the former Pittsburgh Steelers star set to receive $5m of the $9m he was owed.

Hernandez committed suicide in prison after he was convicted of murder, but the grievance with his estate was ongoing. The Patriots did everything they could to void that contract, and planned on withholding the 2012 signing bonus Hernandez was due.

The settlements created $6.55 million in cap space, giving the team an available $7.79 million.

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