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Patriots tender Hoomanawanui

Posted by Greg A. Bedard  March 12, 2013 04:52 PM

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The Patriots did tender tight end Michael Hoomanwanui at the minimum level – which gives them the right to match or receive a fifth-round pick in return – for $1.323 million, according to a league source.

It's a little bit of a surprise that the Patriots tendered him at all, considering his play was average and the team has three better tight ends – Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez and Jake Ballard.

The Patriots could have released Hoomanwanui and re-signed him at closer to the $630,000 minimum salary. They chose to keep him.

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