Good Morning, Broncos fans! Tuesday wasn't a great day to be a Patriots tight end.
As expected, Rob Gronkowski underwent surgery to repair a disc problem in his back, with a return to the playing field typically requiring a 12-week layoff. This essentially ensures that Gronk will miss training camp, and he may even start the season on the PUP list, in which case he'd miss at least the first six games of the regular season (Denver visits New England in Week 12).
The news surrounding Aaron Hernandez is far more serious (in real life terms, not necessarily football ones), as his Massachusetts home was searched as part of an investigation into a possible homicide. The body of a man referred to as an "associate" of Hernandez's was found in an industrial park less than a mile from the player's house, and a rental vehicle found near the crime scene was linked to Hernandez.
The ex-Gator is not considered a suspect in the murder, but investigators reportedly took a large box out of the residence. Hernandez had purchased the house from former Patriots and Broncos defensive lineman Ty Warren.
We're not about to speculate on what any of this means for Hernandez and the Patriots, if anything, but it's safe to declare that no news is good news.
Hernandez is also recovering from offseason surgery, and both he and Gronkowski received lucrative contract extensions from the Patriots last year.
According to John Clayton, the Broncos are currently $10.6M under the cap, pending the contract of first-rounder Sly Williams. Of course, we expect that figure to grow significantly when the situations of Joe Mays and Chris Kuper are, shall we say, addressed.
Mark Kiszla pleads the HOF cases of Randy Gradishar, Terrell Davis, Karl Mecklenburg, Louis Wright, and Steve Atwater, but spends too much time talking about Super Bowls while doing so. Also, claiming that Davis was a "better football player" than Gayle Sayers because of his greater counting stats isn't the greatest method. Does it follow that Jerome Bettis was better than both of them? It shouldn't, but if we're heading down that (il)logical path...
In his notes from the Broncos' 2013 draft, Rob Rang focuses on Montee Ball, Sylvester Williams, and Quant Smith, noting that Sly is so agile that he ran RB drills at his pro day.
From Athlon, a ho-hum look through Denver's 2013 schedule.
Here's Ronnie Hillman's visit with NFLN from the other night (video).
The league's rookie symposium will include forums on sexual orientation and the possibility of playing with an openly gay teammate.
Former Packers LB Desmond Bishop visited the Vikings yesterday and will meet with the Chiefs today and tomorrow.
New Bucs corner Darrelle Revis was able to get his familiar #24 from Mark Barron, but it apparently cost him $50K.
It appears that the Falcons' futuristic new stadium design is going to come to fruition.
Free agent safety Kerry Rhodes is so desperate for people to think he's heterosexual that he's apparently telling people he could be Kim Kardashian's baby daddy.
Along with Pete Prisco, QB Matt Ryan revisits in great detail the Falcons' final, fruitless drive from their NFC title game loss at the hands of the Niners.
Chase Stuart takes Mike Lombardi's magic winning NFL formula and takes it up a notch or a few.
Pat Kirwan finds it inappropriate that the NFL trot out Pacman Jones to speak at the rookie symposium, given his latest legal troubles, and he doesn't buy suggestions that appearing on Hard Knocks helps teams.
Doug Farrar thinks A&M QB Johnny Manziel needs to refine his passing game this year if he's to enter the 2014 Draft, but he sees a more mobile version of Tony Romo in the Heisman winner.
Jason Lisk discusses the disappearance of players named Clarence from the NFL. Of course, Clancy Barone's given name is Clarence.
As pointed out by Christmas Ape, there may be no discernible difference between the writing of Peter King and Thomas Friedman.
The dumbass Heat fans who left the building during Game 6 last night obviously never learned the lesson which Elway-era Broncos fans picked up long ago - that you never, ever leave a game early. BTW, boxing judges, or NBA refs. Who ya got?