Heckert, who turns 46 on July 17, joined the Broncos after serving as general manager of the Browns for the last three seasons. His responsibilities in Denver include scouting current NFL players and will include overseeing the advance scouting for Broncos opponents.
Heckert is entering his 23rd season in the NFL. He started as a scout for the Miami Dolphins in 1991. Before his three-year stint with the Browns beginning in 2010, Heckert spent nine seasons with Philadelphia, including his final four years (2006-09) as the Eagles’ general manager.
Three of those seasons (2006-08) were spent working with Russell, who was a college scout for the Eagles during that time.
Russell was arrested over the weekend after allegedly hitting two vehicles in Summit County in separate crashes, the second of which injured a Breckenridge police officer, who was treated at a hospital and released.
The executives’ arrests put a blemish on an otherwise stellar offseason by the Broncos, who are considered a Super Bowl favorite after adding Wes Welker, Montee Ball, Louis Vasquez, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Quentin Jammer to a roster that already featured Peyton Manning, Von Miller and Champ Bailey.
Associated Press reporter P. Solomon Banda contributed to this report. Follow AP Pro Football Writer Arnie Melendrez Stapleton on Twitter: http://twitter.com/arniestapleton