Good Morning, Broncos fans! As per a judge's order, search warrant documents in the Odin Lloyd murder case were made available to the media on Tuesday.
And while the presumption of innocence is a hallmark of the American legal system, accused murderer Aaron Hernandez doesn't figure to be gaining anything in the court of opinion. The prosecution presented a slew of evidence, albeit circumstantial, at Hernandez's arraignment, and each subsequent report has painted a still darker picture of Hernandez's alleged role in the execution-style killing of Lloyd.
According to the documents made available yesterday, co-defendant Carlos Ortiz told investigators that Ernest Wallace, the third man arrested in the case, had told him that Hernandez acknowledged having shot Lloyd to death.
Ortiz's version of events placed him in Hernandez's rented Altima along with Hernandez, Lloyd, and Wallace, at the time of Lloyd's killing. According to Ortiz, the other three men exited the car - ostensibly to urinate - at the industrial park where Lloyd was killed, gunshots were fired, and Hernandez and Wallace got back into the car without Lloyd.
According to another document, Hernandez slammed and locked the door to his house behind him when police first told him they were investigating a death. Also telling, Hernandez apparently never asked police whose death it was they were looking into, nor did he "indicate any concern for the death of any person," according to the police.
Hernandez's fiancee, whose sister was dating Lloyd at the time of his death, told police that she believed Lloyd was a marijuana dealer.
Mark Kiszla believes the Broncos must punish Matt Russell and Tom Heckert before the league does, but he thinks they must also take care not to jeopardize the team's prospects when doing so.
In response to Russell's arrest, Doug Ottewill discusses the hypocrisy inherent in the NFL sending many thousands of fans to make their way home drunk each Sunday, Monday, and Thursday.
Much has been made (appropriately) about the Broncos' players entering 2013 more comfortable with Peyton Manning as their QB, but it's also quite important that the team is no longer adjusting to the vast differences in training methods between former strength coach Rich Tuten and second-year Denver man Luke Richesson.
According to Richesson, Ronnie Hillman weighed 195 pounds at the end of the Broncos' mandatory minicamp, and Richesson makes it unmistakably clear that he was behind Von Miller's move away from yoga.
The Broncos have made their 2013 Media Guide available here for download.
Detroit signed QB Matthew Stafford to a three-year extension through 2017 that reportedly includes $41.5M in guaranteed money. Jason Fitzgerald offers his thoughts on the deal, plus he explains the differences between extensions and fresh contracts.
Former Ravens FB Vonta Leach is said to be weighing offers from the Dolphins and Ravens, and possibly the Giants.
That DT Marcell Dareus is battling for a starting job in Buffalo only reinforces that John Elway & Co. made the correct choice by taking Von Miller over Dareus two years ago.
Appropriately, given the youthful cast that surrounds Peyton Manning and Champ Bailey, the Broncos are only the #5 team on Gil Brandt's list of the teams that could fall off after 2013. Also fairly, Brandt says it's unclear whether Brock Osweiler would be ready to take the team over in Manning's absence; we'll learn quite a bit about that come August.
PFT Commenter examines the sideline attire of white NFL coaches throughout history, and for Tebow's sake, couldn't someone on the Jags have made sure that Jack Del Rio wore a suit that actually fit him?
Fitzgerald calls Jamaal Charles's and Tyson Jackson's contracts the Chiefs' best and worst, respectively.
Chase Stuart sees little reason to worry about Cleveland RB Trent Richardson's rushing average from 2012, based on precedent and Richardson's circumstances.