5 Teams That Could Express Interest in Aaron Hernandez if He Goes Free

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5 Teams That Could Express Interest in Aaron Hernandez

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It’s been a crazy week for Aaron Hernandez as the star pass-catching tight end was arrested Wednesday morning as police continue their investigation for the murder of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd. Shortly after his arrest, the New England Patriots wasted no time and released Hernandez less than two hours later—which means there could be a chance another team takes a risk on him down the road.

Obviously, there’s no telling what to expect from Hernandez when it comes to him playing in the NFL again considering how shady the details of this investigation have been so far. There’s a good chance Hernandez will at least be charged for obstruction of justice for destroying his cell phone and home security system, but all of the details so far seem to point the tight end could be in quite some trouble.

Still, only time will tell when it comes to whether or not Hernandez will play again anytime soon—if at all—as the details continue to emerge from this investigation. It’s always a shame to see star athletes put their talent to waste when they get involved in these types of situations and one can only hope that Hernandez isn’t involved with this incident—even though all signs point to that he is.

If things do somehow end up working out well for Hernandez and he is allowed to play next season, there will most likely be a few teams expressing at least a little bit of interest in bringing the tight end on board. Here’s a look at five teams that could express interest in Hernandez if that does end up happening.

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5. Atlanta Falcons

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The Atlanta Falcons may be one of the top contenders in the NFC once again next season, but they realize at some point the team will need to figure out what to do at the tight end position once Tony Gonzalez decides to call it a career. Imagine a Falcons' passing game consisting of Hernandez, Roddy White, and Julio Jones--it's scary to think about.

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4. Dallas Cowboys

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This is Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys we're talking about here--of course there's going to be some chatter about the possibility of Hernandez coming on board if he's available. If anything, it wouldn't be a surprise to hear Jones discuss how Hernandez could be one of the missing pieces to help get the Cowboys to the Super Bowl.

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3. Philadelphia Eagles

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Even though they recently drafted Zach Ertz in the 2013 NFL Draft, it's no secret the Philadelphia Eagles could use another effective weapon at tight end in the passing game--especially with all of the uncertainty surrounding Brent Celek. Plus, Philadelphia did manage to help Michael Vick turn his career around after a troubled past--even though a big part in that involved Andy Reid.

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2. New York Jets

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How ironic would it be if the New York Jets acquired Hernandez after the Patriots signed Tim Tebow this offseason? It may seem like a long shot, but it's no surprise how much help Mark Sanchez and company could use with the offense after ranking near the bottom of the league last season.

If anything--Hernandez would most likely emerge as the top target in the passing game for Sanchez.

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1. Cincinnati Bengals

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It's ironic how the Cincinnati Bengals were being compared to the Patriots for having two effective pass-catching tight ends after drafting Tyler Eifert in April to play alongside Jermaine Gresham. However, Gresham struggles when it comes to consistency and as bad as it sounds--the Bengals have a history of giving players with a troubled past a chance to redeem themselves with a second chance.

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