Kraft would welcome gay player Lard

Good Morning, Broncos fans! It's been said that for athletes in our major sports to come out as gay, general managers and coaches will have to make clear that such openness wouldn't harm their chances of making their teams.

This is likely true to an extent, but a fine place for such progress to take place is at the ownership level. As with most things, New England's Robert Kraft is ahead of the curve. Says Kraft:

We’re about winning, and (if) someone can come in here and help us win, I don’t care what ethnic background, what racial background, what gender preference they have. If they can help us win and they’re about team then I’ll be happy to have them here.

It will, of course, take more than Kraft's words to get the message across. We hope Pat Bowlen, or John Elway/Joe Ellis on his behalf, will issue a similar statement.

Broncos

Quant Smith says Western Kentucky was the only four-year football school to offer him a scholarship coming out of high school.

Dan Pompei passes along some positive evaluations of Denver undrafted signees Lerentee McCray and Aaron Hester. At 6-2 and 198 lbs, with a 4.47 forty time at combine, is Hester the type of man press corner Pompei discusses in his opener?

News

Former longtime NFL tackle Kyle Turley says he's fights impulsive suicidal thoughts in retirement, and he thinks concussions are their cause.

Competing brain research groups battled over who would get to examine the brain of Junior Seau, and controversial Chargers doctor (and Seau friend) David Chao eventually stepped in to help the NFL's preferred research group to prevail.

Not only did the Patriots acquire RB LeGarrette Blount at the bargain price of Jeff Demps and a seventh-round pick, they've also gotten Blount to accept a $1M pay cut for 2013.

After perhaps having priced himself out of potential jobs in Denver, New England, and elsewhere, John Abraham tweeted some messages out that made it seem like he's going to retire, but he's since deleted them, and is apparently not planning to call it quits.

It's not seen likely in Kansas City that the Chiefs and tackle Branden Albert can come to agreement on a long-term deal.

Just two years after they took him in the first round, there's talk that the Eagles could cut guard Danny Watkins.

Analysis

Andrew Mason breaks down Kansas City's draft.

Rich Cimini wonders if Geno Smith's small hands are partially to blame for his slew of fumbles in college, and his having fallen in the draft. Like us, Mike Freeman is a bit puzzled by just how much criticism has been anonymously lobbed Smith's way over the past week.

Clark Judge compares the situations of seven drafted quarterbacks and thinks Buffalo's E.J. Manuel is in the best position for success.

Here are two excellent pieces from the always excellent Patrick Hruby: one on an alarmingly dumb claim made by a neuropsychologist in defense of youth football, and the second a lengthy piece about the rampant hypocrisy in preserving amateurism in the NCAA.

Bob Raissman says that if the Ultimate Teammate™ doesn't end up playing football this year, the Worldwide Leader and Fox Sports One will engage in a bidding war to have him analyze college ball. As for how Timmy feels about that possibility...

Doug is IAOFM’s resident newsman and spelling czar. Follow him on Twitter @IAOFM

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