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NFL news roundup: Aaron Hernandez charged, Vonta Leach's agent likes Dolphins

Aaron Hernandez was charged with murder, Brown rookie Ausar Walcott was charged with attempted murder and Vonta Leach's agent likes the Miami Dolphins. One of those Wednesday news pieces is not like the other.


Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was charged with murder on Wednesday. It's the biggest news in the NFL by far, and if you're wondering why he's "former," the Patriots also released him on Wednesday, prior to his arraignment. Hernandez was charged with one count of first-degree murder in the homicide of Odin Lloyd, and also had five charges related to illegal firearm possession.

The folks over at Pats Pulpit think the Patriots were absolutely right to release Hernandez:

While Aaron Hernandez will still get the benefit of the doubt in court and is of course innocent until proven guilty, the New England Patriots do not owe him that right. We have seen and heard enough over the last week to know that Hernandez was involved to some degree in the execution of a 27-year-old man - regardless of whether or not he was the one who actually pulled the trigger.

Keep up with the Hernandez saga here, and below, we've got what else you might have missed from Wednesday:

Browns rookie charged with attempted murder

As if we didn't have enough of these things happening right now, Cleveland Browns rookie linebacker Ausar Walcott was charged with attempted murder. Walcott is being charged in connection to a fight outside of a club on June 23, where he allegedly punched a man in the head. That man is currently in critical condition in the hospital.

Leach's agent likes Dolphins

The Miami Dolphins are motivated to sign free agent fullback Vonta Leach, but given that Leach has been one of the top players at his position for some time now, the dollar amount is still up for debate. On Wednesday, Leach's agent made it known that he feels the Dolphins are the "right place to be" for Leach, and that they're trying to "crunch the numbers."

Browns owner not worried about investigation

Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam isn't worried about the ongoing investigation into Pilot Flying J, the company for which he serves as CEO. Haslam has made it clear that he isn't letting that investigation have any kind of effect on his leadership of the Browns, a team in transition that's hoping to compete next season.

Pugh gets work on right side

The New York Giants needed help along their offensive line, but they weren't exactly hurting for another offensive tackle. Still, the team went out and drafted Justin Pugh in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft. During the team's minicamp, Pugh saw work on the right side. That's likely a good spot for him, even if he can play on the left side. Will Beatty isn't giving up his spot there, and Pugh would have a better shot at unseating David Diehl on the right side.

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