Patriots settle grievances on Antonio Brown, Aaron Hernandez contracts

The Patriots have settled two longstanding grievances over former players’ contracts.

According to ESPN, the settlements have freed up more than $7 million in cap space for the Patriots, who were almost completely out of cap space.

The grievances came from Antonio Brown, who was cut one game after signing a one-year, $15 million contract, and Aaron Hernandez, who was cut less than a year after signing a five-year, $39.58 million contract.

Hernandez committed suicide in prison after he was convicted of murder, but the grievance with his estate was ongoing.

The Patriots now have $7.79 million in cap space.