The Aaron Hernandez saga dominated headlines yet again on Thursday. The former Patriots tight end has been linked to a double-murder that took place in July, 2012 and police believe they can provide a motive in the case. According to the Boston Globe, investigators believe that Odin Lloyd, the man Hernandez is accused of murdering, may have had knowledge of Hernandez's involvement in the July incident. If true, the prosecution would have much stronger case.
Hernandez also appealed for bail Thursday and was denied. At his arraignment Wednesday, Hernandez was ordered to be held without bail. His defense lawyers tried to argue that the prosecution's case was not strong enough to hold the tight end without bail, but the judge once again disagreed.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Hernandez cleared waivers from his release by the New England Patriots. The NFL also released a statement saying that teams will have to hold a hearing in front of commissioner Roger Goodell if they are considering signing Hernandez before his case has been resolved.
Now some non-Hernandez news:
Jamaal Charles believes the Kansas City Chiefs could have one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL next season, thanks to the implementation of concepts taken straight from the pistol offense. The Chiefs brought in pistol guru Chris Ault to help give an offense that ranked 26th in scoring last seasons a much-needed boost. The Chiefs ran plays out of pistol formations when Charles was a rookie, and he told NFL AM that he is excited to run the offense again. Via NFL.com:
"I ran it my rookie year and I love it," Charles said on NFL Network's "NFL AM" on Thursday. "I ain't never been around no offense that's about to be explosive and about to put me in space and making me make plays. I see Frank Gore had success with (the pistol) with the (San Francisco) 49ers. If he can have success, I hope I can have success as well."
Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent is back in jail after failing his second drug test since being arrested for intoxicated manslaughter in Dec., 2012. Brent was arrested as the driver in a car crash that killed passenger, teammate and friend Josh Brown. Brent was found to have a blood-alcohol level that was twice the legal limit while driving at speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour.
Brent's failed drug test violated the conditions of a $100,000 bond agreement. He is still awaiting trial, with his next hearing set for July 19. Brent is still technically a member of the Cowboys, in part because Brown's mother asked the team not to release Brent because of the accident.
Hope springs eternal for every NFL franchise around this time of year, but there are perhaps few who are more hopeful than Tony Romo. The Cowboys quarterback is dealing with the heavy pressure that comes with being the highest-paid member of a team that has failed to live up to expectations lately. Despite the team's recent struggles, however, Romo is optimistic.
Speaking at his football camp in Wisconsin, Romo said that the Cowboys are "going to be a pretty good team this year," and added, according to ESPN Dallas, that this year's squad "is one of the most complete teams that I've been around." He may be right, though he isn't the first player to tout his team in June.