NFL news: Tebowmania hits New England, Ahmad Bradshaw signs and more

Jared Wickerham

Tim Tebow's introduction in New England was limited to a brief statement, but that was still enough to incite a media circus. Believe it or not, there was also some non-Tebow NFL news on Tuesday.

With several teams opening mandatory minicamp, there was a lot going on around the NFL on Tuesday. But despite the activity, NFL headlines were dominated by Tim Tebow's arrival in New England. Tebow didn't do much beside give a brief statement to the media and go through a typical minicamp practice, but it was still enough to draw a throng of media attention.

Here's a look at Tebow's first day as a Patriot as well as a few other notable NFL headlines from Tuesday.

Tebow has arrived

It looked more like Super Bowl media day than minicamp practice in New England on Tuesday as dozens of reporters circled the 25-year-old quarterback while he made a brief statement. The Patriots are attempting to avoid a complete media circus and Tebow did his part by keeping things brief. Here is his complete statement, via WEEI:

"First and foremost, I just want to thank the Patriots for giving me an opportunity. I'm very thankful. It's such an honor to be a Patriot and play for coach [Bill] Belichick and coach [Josh] McDaniels, and learn under Tom [Brady] and be a part of this great franchise and very successful franchise. I found out first hand; lost to them several times.

"It's going to be a lot of fun. I'm looking forward to working hard every single day and getting a lot better and learning under some great people. That's all I got. Thank you all so much and God bless. I'm sure we'll be talking more soon."

Bill Belichick offered even less than Tebow, saying Tebow is a talented player and the team will see how it goes. Reporters tried to get more out of the Patriots head coach, but he wasn't having it.

"We've already talked enough about him," Belichick said. "We'll see how it goes, take it from here."

Controlling the media circus that follows Tebow is a difficult task, but Belichick is off to a good start.

Ahmad Bradshaw signs with Indy

After a few days of negotiations, the Colts and Ahmad Bradshaw agreed to a one-year deal on Tuesday. The 27-year-old running back showed flashes of brilliance during his time with the New York Giants, but was plagued by injuries.

His signing will fly under the radar with Tebow and New England dominating the headlines, but if he's healthy, Bradshaw could be a major addition for the Colts. Brad Wells of Stampede Blue detailed what Indianapolis is getting in Bradshaw and what impact he may have on the Colts next season. The Colts were one of the most active teams early on in free agency, but Bradshaw could have the biggest impact of any of the players signed.

Broncos, Ryan Clady discuss extension

For the first time since last offseason, the Broncos and Ryan Clady discussed a contract extension. Denver placed the franchise tag on the left tackle early this offseason, but the two sides had not discussed an extension since. That changed on Monday as the Broncos reached out to Clady's camp, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.

There has been very little urgency in negotiations up to this point, but as Mile High Report noted, that could change now with a deadline looming. If Clady remains unsigned on July 15, he would be unable to sign a long-term deal with the Broncos until the start of the 2014 NFL league year.

Clady said he isn't out to become the highest-paid left tackle in the NFL, but does want a deal which would put him in the same category as other elite left tackles.

Andre Smith misses minicamp for personal reasons

Marvin Lewis said Andre Smith won't attend mandatory Bengals minicamp this week for undisclosed personal reasons. Lewis said the right tackle is "dealing with something he's got to get through."

Smith was expected to attend, as recently as Tuesday morning and Lewis said he would be fined for missing the mandatory practices. Smith didn't attend OTAs either and while his absence won't necessarily have an impact on the season, Lewis did call it a "mini-distraction" on Tuesday.

Anthony Cosenza of Cincy Jungle hopes the issue is only minor:

We'll see how that this all plays out, but we can only hope the best for Andre Smith and remain hopeful that this is just a blip on the radar, in terms of his ability to be a productive football player for the remainder of his new contract.

Ravens cut Vonta Leach

The Ravens released fullback Vonta Leach on Tuesday, a day after reports surfaced that Baltimore was planning to trade or release him.

The 31-year-old Leach was scheduled to count $4.33 million against the 2013 salary cap. He played a diminished role for Baltimore once Jim Caldwell took over as offensive coordinator and the Ravens apparently could no longer justify his hefty contract. They attempted to restructure his deal, but were unable to come to a deal.

The Ravens drafted fullback Kyle Juszcyk but as Baltimore Beatdown noted, the two have very different styles.

Leach is known as the best pure-blocking fullback in the game while Juszczyk was the leading receiver at Harvard his senior year. Kyle can line up at tight end, halfback and even receiver if need be. Leach, on the other hand, would prefer to pound linebackers into the ground on a Sunday afternoon than catch touchdown passes. It would be great for Juszczyk to have Leach around to learn from for a while as, if there is one area of his game that Leach can help him with, it would be blocking. Not that Juszczyk is a bad blocker, he is very good. Leach however is the best in the business.

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