According to Mike Klis, the Broncos have increased their offer to left tackle Ryan Clady beyond the five-year, $50M figure they were said to have presented him last July, when talks between the two sides broke down.
Denver used its franchise tag on Clady, and the two sides have until 4pm ET on Monday, July 15, to reach agreement on a long-term deal. If they again reach a stalemate, Clady would play out the one-year, $9.828M tender, which he has not yet signed.
If that should happen, the three-time Pro Bowler would become an unrestricted free agent, unless the Broncos were to again tag him, but at a 20% premium (to $11.7936M).
Broncos director of player personnel Matt Russell was arrested Saturday night in Breckenridge, and faces charges of driving under the influence, careless driving resulting in injury, having an open container of alcohol in his car, and failure to display proof of insurance.
Russell first struck a car in Frisco, and police in the area were on the lookout for his vehicle, when he crashed into a Breckenridge police cruiser. The officer in the vehicle was hospitalized with what were thankfully minor injuries, and has since been released.
Ernest Wallace, the third suspect in the Odin Lloyd homicide case, turned himself into authorities in Florida on Friday, and agreed to return to Massachussetts to face a single count of accessory after the fact to murder.
Wallace had been characterized by Massachussetts police as armed and dangerous; his attorney claims Wallace was visiting his mother and other family members in Florida, when he saw on television that there was a warrant out for his arrest.
Early on the morning of July 16, 2012, three men were shot, two of them fatally, while sitting in a car at the Boston intersection of Shawmut Avenue and Herald Street. The victims were reportedly involved in a nightclub fight with a group that included Hernandez; witnesses said the shooters were in a silver SUV with Rhode Island plates.
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He pleaded not guilty to six charges, including one count of first degree murder and five weapons counts in the execution-style death of 27-year-old semipro football player Odin Lloyd, and has been ordered held without bail.
The Patriots did not wait for the charges to be made public (we'll presume the team had an inkling) - they announced at 10:20am ET that they have released (waived, really) Hernandez.
According to Ian Rapoport, the Pats had decided as early as last week that if Hernandez were to be arrested, they would cut ties with the Florida alum.
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An arrest warrant has reportedly been issued Friday morning for Pats tight end Aaron Hernandez in connection with the execution-style murder of 27-year-old semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd.
According to CBS Boston, and as originally reported by WBZ NewsRadio 1030, Hernandez will be charged with obstruction of justice, with the possibility for upgraded or additional charges. The 23-year-old star has reportedly been uncooperative since retaining legal representation, and this charge is seen as being intended to compel his cooperation.
The warrant follows reports that Hernandez's cellphone and the hard drive for the video surveillance system at his home had been severely damaged, and that a cleaning crew had been brought to the house on Monday.
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Walton underwent surgery on Monday to replace hardware in his ailing ankle; an infection had apparently caused swelling in the area after the team's minicamp.
Koppen was originally signed by the Broncos to a one-year deal at the $825K minimum last September, just a few weeks before Walton suffered a fracture and disclocation of his left ankle.
Sports producer Steve Silva of Boston.com is reporting that Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez will be arrested in connection with the execution-style murder of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd. Sports Illustrated is reporting the same, while the Boston Globe says no arrest is imminent.
Lloyd's body was found Monday with a gunshot wound to the back of the head in an industrial park within a mile of Hernandez's MA residence. The 27-year-old Lloyd had reportedly been dating the sister of Hernandez's baby mama.
According to Jeff Legwold, Broncos center J.D. Walton underwent another operation Monday on his ailing left ankle and may be lost for the season. A few minutes after his original tweet, Legwold adds that the team hopes to get Walton back by late October or early November.
Cecil Lammey of ESPN Denver suggests this could prompt the team to bring back Dan Koppen, who remains an unrestricted free agent.
The Broncos have signed second-rounder Montee Ball and third-rounder Kayvon Webster; only first-rounder Sylvester Williams remains unsigned.