Jan 20, 2013; Foxboro, MA, USA; New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez (81) is unable to make the catch in the first half of the AFC championship game against the Baltimore Ravens at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona Cardinals: Should They Take a Chance on Aaron Hernandez?

Aaron Hernandez’s career took an unfortunate turn, and as a result, he’s out of a job.

After he was arrested, the former New England Patriots tight end was cut today. Hernandez is a suspect in a murder case, and he could end up being in jail for a long time. He is currently being taken to jail, and he can’t bail his way out.

Hernandez is currently on waivers, and any team can claim him. The Arizona Cardinals could be that team.

The waiver process lasts 10 days, and the team with the worst record (or highest draft pick) would be awarded Hernandez if multiple teams make an offer. The Cardinals went 5-11 and picked seventh in the 2013 NFL draft, so if they made an offer for him, there’s a good chance that they would get him.

Rob Housler is already a serviceable tight end, but Hernandez is exceptionally talented and athletic. He has accumulated 175 receptions over the course of his three-year career, and he has racked up 18 touchdowns as well. In 2011, Hernandez caught 79 passes and made it into the end zone seven times.

There’s no question that Hernandez could help the Cardinals. Quarterback Carson Palmer already has a lot of weapons around him, but adding more wouldn’t hurt. Plus, Hernandez was effective alongside tight end Rob Gronkowski in New England, and the Cardinals could do the same thing with Housler and Hernandez.

Arizona is a good team with a potent aerial attack, but it can certainly get better. Hernandez would undoubtedly help the Cardinals on the field, but his character concerns present a huge red flag. Even if Hernandez isn’t charged, it doesn’t mean he is perfectly clean.

In fact, a plethora of teams red-flagged Hernandez before the 2010 NFL draft. So, it’s safe to say there are character concerns.

Coach Bruce Arians could likely control Hernandez, but people thought Patriots coach Bill Belichick could do the same. There’s a chance that Hernandez realizes the importance of staying out of trouble after this incident, but it may not be worth the risk.

Housler is a serviceable tight end, and he can certainly help the team with more playing time. The Cardinals don’t need Hernandez, and while he would help on the field, he’s not worth the risk off the field.

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  • Edgar Valenzuela Villezcas

    Well he has six charges one including murder

  • Michael Wheeler

    Talk about completely irresponsible. You should be ashamed of yourself for writing this article. You should be fired or barred from ever writing on here again. How dare you put a football team before someone’s life. You are a worthless vulture.

    • Edgar Valenzuela Villezcas

      Take it easy man he wrote this before the guy was charged with murder…

      • Michael Wheeler

        Understood, but he knew he was arrested in relation to the case. It was still incredibly irresponsible to write the article in any context.

        • Edgar Valenzuela Villezcas

          I’m pretty sure he wasn’t the only one to write an article about Hernandez joining a team. Also everyone is innocent til proven guilty. No doubt if he gets out of jail a team will pick him up it’s just reality if you are a talented player a team will pick him up look at Ray Lewis.

    • Baily Deeter

      I got this idea from another article, and I linked to this article. I wasn’t expecting a big charge either.

      It’s terrible that a man was murdered, and it’s terrible that the people close to him have to go through this. My prayers go out to his family.

      I’m not putting a football team before anyone’s life; I’m simply breaking a news story and talking about how it affects the team RZ covers. I’m sorry if this offended you, but I realize what happened and am not trying to offend anyone in any way.