NFL news: Aaron Hernandez questioned by police; Matt Ryan contract talks to heat up

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Aaron Hernandez was questioned by police in connection with a possible homicide on Tuesday, and Matt Ryan's contract talks are expected to heat up soon. Read on for what else you might have missed Tuesday.

New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was questioned by police in connection with a possible homicide on Tuesday. On top of that, the police appeared to execute a search warrant on Hernandez's house later in the day. It's unclear at this point if Hernandez is actually a suspect or anything to that effect, but it's troubling news nonetheless.

All that's reported so far is that Hernandez is apparently an "associate" of the victim, and Hernandez's name was linked to a rental car that was identified in connection to the possible homicide.

Here's what else you might have missed from Tuesday:

NFL Rookie Symposium announced, to feature speakers on sexual orientation

On Tuesday, the NFL confirmed the 16th Rookie Symposium for June 23. There, the 2013 draft class will watch videos, listen to guest speakers and undergo workshops on many topics, including money management, professionalism and more. In addition to that, the league will have speakers talking about the possibility of having gay teammates. That's significant, as the league is doing its best to make the NFL a harassment-free zone.

Talks between Ryan, Falcons to heat up

The Atlanta Falcons and Matt Ryan have been in contract talks for a possible extension for some time now, but reports surfaced on Tuesday that more significant and targeted negotiations will begin on July 4. So Ryan and the Falcons will slug it out over money while celebrating the nation's independence ... sounds about right.

Atlanta is also looking into defensive lineman Richard Seymour. Over at The Falcoholic, they took a look at whether or not Seymour is overvalued. A huge contract for Ryan might mean Seymour will have to find a job elsewhere, as it's hard to see the Falcons being able to afford both.

Jones-Drew able to run

Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew is now able to run again. Jones-Drew is recovering from a Lisfranc injury and has been unable to do much this offseason. Notably, he's been regarded as out of shape, due to the fact that most workouts would strain his injury. Now he can run, though, and he's expected to be 100 percent by training camp in July. Getting Jones-Drew back would be a huge boost for the Jags.

Bishop making the rounds

Free agent linebacker Desmond Bishop already spent time with the Minnesota Vikings, and will visit the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday. Bishop missed the entire 2012 season with a hamstring injury, and was released by the Green Bay Packers when he declined a pay cut from his $3.4 million scheduled salary for this upcoming season. Bishop isn't fully healthy yet, so he's still a concern, but he should be getting even more interest as he gets closer to full health.

Over at Arrowhead Pride, they talk about the visit and what it could mean for the Chiefs:

This is VERY interesting moves. Andy Reid historically hasn't spent big money on linebackers but Dorsey is familiar with Bishop and it's June, a time when you rarely get an opportunity to upgrade your defense. The Chiefs are clearly interested in that opportunity.

Also keep this in mind: It's possible the Chiefs are being used as leverage. Bishop's camp can look at the Vikings and say they have another visit coming up so if they want him, make him an offer he can't refuse.

Ponder will get a short leash

The Minnesota Vikings brought in Matt Cassel to be the backup to Christian Ponder this offseason. Then again, perhaps they brought him in to compete, as Adam Schefter said on Tuesday that many believe Cassel could unseat Ponder at some point next season if he struggles. Ponder hasn't been the most solid quarterback since taking over, but he was under center for a team that made it into the playoffs as a Wild Card last year. That same team lost in said Wild Card round when Ponder went down with an injury.

More from SB Nation:

NFL Debrief: The end of football?

Denard Robinson (sort of) ties his shoes for the Jags

What's Andy Reid's place in NFL coaching history?

Will Juron Criner be the Raiders' new red zone target?

Broncos blog talks to All-Pro Von Miller

5 quarterback battles to watch

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.