Good Morning, Broncos fans! A warrant to arrest Pats tight end Aaron Hernandez on a charge of obstruction of justice has been "drawn up but not yet issued," according to the latest reports.
Such a charge carries a maximum sentence of seven years in prison; that the warrant hasn't yet been executed is seen as a tactic to spur Hernandez's cooperation.
The investigation into the murder of Odin Lloyd has extended to Providence, RI, where a strip club known to be frequented by Patriots players was searched by police on Friday.
Cytosport, the maker of Muscle Milk, has terminated its contract with Hernandez. It's a move more likely to bring the company attention than having had Hernandez endorsing their products in the first place, so way to jump an opportunity on their part.
As might be expected, several writers are applying hindsight to declare that the Patriots had this coming to them by drafting a player with so-called red flags. Alex Marvez and Mike Florio thinks there's a larger story here, in that the Pats have taken on increasingly more substantial risks over the years.
The latter angle seems more reasonable than the former, because who could have predicted that Hernandez would eventually be embroiled in a homicide investigation? It's fair to suggest that by collecting so many iffy players, that eventually something was bound to go wrong beyong on-field failure. But applying that idea to Hernandez specifically? That's a bit much, and likely facilitated by his tattoos and, yes, his last name and the color of his skin.
It's probably a bit early for this, but there are already calls in Boston for the Patriots to sever ties with Hernandez. And of course, in Roger Goodell's NFL, no arrest or conviction is required for a suspension.
From a football standpoint, Pat Kirwan figures New England would maybe sign someone like Dallas Clark to replace him. The Patriots would open the season without their five top receivers from 2012, were they to lose or get rid of Hernandez.
Should he end up imprisoned, the structure of his contract suggests Hernandez could end up losing all but $2.5M of the $40M extension he signed last year.
In contrast to what's gone on in New England, Dan Mohrmann interprets the collection of moves made during John Elway's tenure as a shift away from distractions.
While responding to reader questions, Gray Caldwell predicts the team will carry five running backs, but we'll say the number ends up at four: Montee Ball, Ronnie Hillman, Knowshon Moreno, and either Lance Ball, Jacob Hester, or C.J. Anderson.
HOFer Floyd Little visits with Florio on PFT Live.
Former Packers LB Desmond Bishop is expected to choose between signing with the Chiefs, Giants, and Vikings.
Seattle signed GM John Schneider to a contract extension.
Ex-Niners RB Glen Coffee, who abruptly retired in 2010 after a promising rookie season, has graduated from the army's Airborne School and will be a paratrooper, with hopes of eventually becoming a Green Beret.
Russian president Vladimir Putin claims he'll have some jewelry crafted to make up for the SB ring he allegedly stole from Pats owner Robert Kraft.
Chase Stuart examines the year-by-year production of rookie quarterbacks, running backs, and wide receivers, finding that receivers tend to contribute the least of the three.