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Man accused of killing Broncos player threatened

DENVER — Gang threats against the life of a man accused of shooting and killing Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams were specific and credible enough that authorities changed security measures and advised attorneys to be aware for their safety, a defense attorney said.

The threats reported to Denver authorities in March 2009 detailed plans for vehicles full of "Crip gang members" armed with AK-47s with orders to make Willie Clark "Swiss cheese" if he talked in court, Clark's attorney, Darren Cantor, said Monday in explaining why his client won't testify. Clark and two other men face murder charges in the December 2006 slaying of a key witness who was scheduled to testify in an unrelated case.

Clark's refusal came on the 11th day of testimony in which witnesses have been jailed for refusing to testify, with some saying they're too afraid.

BENGALS: Receiver Terrell Owens is scheduled to visit the team today, NFL.com reported.

FALCONS: Dunta Robinson, considered by many as the most sought-after cornerback in free agency, left the Texans for a six-year, $57 million contract. About $22.5 million is guaranteed for Robinson, a native of Athens, Ga.

LIONS: Tight end Will Heller re-signed for three years and ex-Bucs defensive lineman Dewayne White was released. Meanwhile, Detroit acquired cornerback Chris Houston from Atlanta for a sixth-round pick and a swap of fifth-rounders in this year's draft.

SAINTS: Free agent safety Darren Sharper says he had minor arthroscopic surgery on his left knee but feels good and plans to play next season. He spoke at the premiere of the team's NFL Films Super Bowl championship video in New Orleans.

TRADE: Mike Holmgren is already making deals with his former team. The Seahawks traded backup quarterback Seneca Wallace to the Browns, where Holmgren is now team president, for a 2011 draft pick.

VIKINGS: The team appears to have interest in former Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson, the Star Tribune of Minneapolis reported.

Fast facts

Transactions

BENGALS: Re-signed DT Tank Johnson

BILLS: Signed free agent OT Cornell Green (three years, $9 million)

CHARGERS: Claimed RB Marcus Mason off waivers from Redskins

CHIEFS: Re-signed free agent WR Chris Chambers (three years)

COLTS: Released OG Ryan Lilja

DOLPHINS: Re-signed QB Chad Pennington (one year)

EAGLES: Agreed to five-year deal with WR Jason Avant

PANTHERS: Released FB Brad Hoover

RAIDERS: Released WR Javon Walker and DE Greg Ellis

RAMS: Signed free agent DT Fred Robbins (three years)

TEXANS: Re-signed unrestricted free agents WR Kevin Walter and P Matt Turk

Man accused of killing Broncos player threatened 03/08/10 [Last modified: Monday, March 8, 2010 10:55pm]
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