Bar lowered for convicting Hernandez

Good Morning, Broncos fans! There was a big development in the Odin Lloyd homicide case on Friday.

Carlos Ortiz and Ernest Wallace have been indicted on murder charges, after having previously been charged only as accessories.

According to Deadspin, this means the bar has been lowered for convicting Aaron Hernandez on the murder charge he faces.

As Massachusetts law stipulates, it no longer matters whether it was Hernandez who fired the shots that killed Lloyd.

If the prosecution can prove to a jury that Hernandez intentionally participated in Lloyd's killing, then the former Patriots tight end will be convicted of murder.

Broncos

Terrell Davis expects Montee Ball to make strides in the passing game this year.

Jeff Legwold babbles about Denver's free agency/draft mix and revisits their 2012 draft class, which had little impact on the 2013 squad outside of Danny Trevathan. FWIW, three undrafted rookies from that year (Aaron Brewer, Duke Ihenacho, Steven Johnson) are still on the team.

Andrew Mason's latest mock has Denver taking OSU LB Ryan Shazier at #31; Gray Caldwell tracks other mocks.

Eric Decker jerseys are on the bargain racks.

News

As expected, Cleveland matched Jacksonville's restricted offer sheet for center Alex Mack.

Carolina added CFL wideout Alex Hall and waived WR R.J. Webb.

In addition to Josh Freeman, the Giants are reportedly interested in Matt Flynn as a temporary replacement for Eli Manning, who underwent ankle surgery.

Tennessee sees Wesley Woodyard as a three-down player and veteran leader.

Draft

Chris Burke lists his top wide receiver prospects, while Doug Farrar focuses on quarterbacks.

SI's countdown continues with five more prospects, including Shazier, FSU DT Timmy Jernigan, and Stanford guard David Yankey.

Bucky Brooks discusses landing spots for LSU wideout Odell Beckham and North Carolina TE Eric Ebron.

Analysis

Jason Fitzgerald evaluates the free agent moves of the Patriots and Jets.

Chase Stuart provides statistical analysis of this offseason's underwhelming running back contracts.

PFT Commenter thinks it's time for NFL fans to unionize.

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