AFC West News And Rumors: Raiders, Chiefs Lose Their Own; Denver Adds Big Names; Chargers Quiet

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Dec 8, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Indianapolis Colts running back Donald Brown (31) avoids a tackle by Cincinnati Bengals outside linebacker James Harrison (92) during the first quarter of the game at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

A lot of stuff went down around the AFC West after only one day of free agency. Here’s a round-up of all the news, rumors, and information from around the division. 

SAN DIEGO CHARGERS

Signings: RB Donald Brown (three years, $10.5 million with $4 million guaranteed)

Cap Space: $5.8 million (Does not include Brown signing.)

San Diego does not have much salary cap room to be active so it was not a surprise they did not make any big moves. What was a surprise is they used what little room they had on former Indianapolis Colts running back Donald Brown. Brown, who turns 27 in April, will serve as a backup to Ryan Mathews and Danny Woodhead.

San Diego is likely to lose Ronnie Brown to free agency and Mathews is a free agent next year but it would seem like the Chargers could get a better third-string option late in the draft or in undrafted free agency. With that said, San Diego has to like their running back depth after the signing.

In terms of rumors, Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun says Kavell Conner is scheduled to make a visit today. Conner would serve as a backup to Donald Butler and Manti Te’o.

 

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  • Chris Tarrants

    We got weaker and Denver got a lot stronger, that’s a scary thought! I’m curious as to how they can afford all these top end guys and we can’t afford to keep one guard?

    • Celly Beck

      Great question Dorsey has ground to cover n he better get with it

      • Priest4Prez

        I’m upset that last year was this “win now” strategy and now they’ve decided to pump their brakes all of a sudden. Denver picking up Talib and Ward is bad news. What’s even worse is them courting Allen and potentially Ware. We didn’t sign on as fans, watching Denver push around for the next 4 years while Tamba and DJ waste away their careers. The argument being that they weren’t that great of O-linemen is void; you simply won’t pull 3 lineman from the draft that can handle the Ware/Allen/Miller pass rush. Denver wants to win and they have pulled out all stops to do so. We keep acting like this franchise will build into a Dynasty but that won’t happen; the NFL isn’t built that way anymore. You get 2, maybe 3 years before you either have to overpay for someone or your coach is fired. So, you take chances and grab up playmakers who can take you on a run. Talib is injury prone, sure, but he also shut down Jimmy Graham. Our Chiefs organization let a play maker McCluster leave, a more than solid LT, a RG who took less money and a swing tackle with attitude. This is major step back early; not because of who we lost but because it seems there was no proper planning either.

        • Josh Landers

          Albert has a bad back and it will only get worse, Asamoah was benched last year, mc cluster is an average wr, t-jax will be easily replaced, and Schwartz hurts a bit emotionally but we’re gonna be ok. We already have catapano and bailey waiting to take over at le and honestly I think both will be an upgrade. Stephenson and fisher will take over the tackle spots. We are really only down one guard because Schwartz replaced Asamoah in the starting lineup. We signed dressler and McKnight. Both can return kicks. Remember that DMC hadn’t had a return dt since his rookie season until toub got there. WE WILL BE OK! GO CHIEFS!!!

          • Steve Blank

            amen…a positive attitude bolstered by very good points..i agree completely…I do wish we could have kept Schwartz though…

        • Steve Blank

          man…dont shit the bed just yet….I remember a couple seasons where Talib didnt do squat…and hasnt Ware had some injury issues? Have a bit of faith in Dorsey and lets see what happens before we start the insults

    • micah stephenson

      That’s cus dorsey came in throwing around money like its nothing. Paid Bowe A lil too much, paid Fasano too much, Avery too much, paid a punter 3 mill a yr, who pays a punter, I’d use an undrafted guy for min wage, besides I’m not punting much with the offense I would field, spent 2 high picks on Alex, spent to much on Chase Daniels, I just dont agree with these moves as easily as some do.

    • Josh Landers

      We are building for the FUTURE! We were 2-14 one year ago. Stop panicking. The only player that we lost that stung at all was Schwartz. But he can be replaced. The donkeys are destroying their future salary cap for a bs this year. As good as we are, we will probably not be able to win the afc west because of this. No matter who stays. Bowe is overpaid but once we have a real number two in place he will return to being a decent one. He’s a great blocker and is great after the catch. Fs is no longer a need with the Abdullah signing. We may have Schwartz’ replacement already on the roster. Nico Johnson COULD replace Jordan. And with the way Dorsey churned the roster last year and came out with people like coop, McGrath, and Parker, idk why y’all are so quick to say he doesn’t know what he’s doing. Just relax. If we still have needs when the season starts, then I will panic with you. GO CHIEFS!!!

  • Patrick Allen

    The Broncos are selling out to try to win the Super Bowl this season. Might as well, that is the point, right? And they have Manning. Who knows if Brock is going to be able to do anything as a pro. Their window isn’t a big one so I don’t blame them. Hopefully this decimates them for the future, though.

    • jimfromkcj

      Patrick, if you are right, then why doesn’t the chiefs start getting themselves in position to make a move after Peyton is gone. Why would we want to overpay Flowers and Hali? The only player that left that will be missed is Swartz. The sad thing is that we lost 5 players without getting anything in return. The only player I would extend is Berry. Bowe I would get rid of as soon as I could. He isn’t a true #1 and in a couple of years when we make our move if we ever do, he will be 2 years older and worth even less. The other blog is already in the kool aid mode trying to make out that Reid and Dorsey have a plan and all these pro bowl players they have been fawning over are somehow not very good now that they have left. What a bunch of hypocrits. It looks sorta like we have traded the Barnum and Bailey clowns for another group of clowns.

      • Celly Beck

        ^^^^ agreed hope we’re wrong n we as the deciding factor don’t have to take back over arrowhead

        • Priest4Prez

          I’ll storm the gates right now

      • micah stephenson

        I been saying that we should b preparing our team to dominate for ten yrs after Manning leaves the Broncos. We not gone win it with Alex vs Payton so just get ready for the future. I would not hav got Alex and drafted Geno, Keenan or best wr avail, Kelce or best TE avail last yr, we could live without Fisher. We would still have this yrs 2nd plus 8 mill more in cap space from not paying Alex.

        • tm1946

          Glad you aren’t the GM. Sort of a one trick pony.

          • micah stephenson

            Actually most people like the choices I would make with the team. The only thing that some disagree on is how I would manage the QB position. I would adress through the draft like the other 31 teams do. By the way you would love the team if I was GM!

        • Steve Blank

          i dont agree with your statement about not winning with Alex vs Manning…our offense was not the problem in those two games…not at all…Alex Smith is a good frikkin QB and will only be better in the second year in a new system….we need another WR…a safety, an ILB…a guard…we will fill these holes and contend….think about it..if bowe keeps his feet in bounds on that PERFECT throw from Alex, we likely would have won that playoff game…in spite of the defensive collapse

      • tm1946

        OK, jim but what year are you referring to. Just want to see if my lifeline is that long.
        Seriously, I am sure there is a plan but, in hindsight, seems we might have started the plan last year. Losing season last year tied to Dorsey’s and Reid’s first might have been a little easier to sallow.

        • jimfromkcj

          Tm I don’t agree in total with Micah, especially about Alex. He just can’t get over his love of Geno. Sometimes you just have to admit you were wrong. I think other than a QB like Brady, we couldn’t compete with the Broncos as long as Peyton is there. So in my opinion A QB like Alex was the right choice until we got the rest of our team in order. As I have said many times my choice was Matt Moore, a QB with pretty equal talent we could have got for less money and probably one draft pick. You see I have been bitching about how the Chief’s have handled their Cap for a long time. They hoarded their money when they could have used it to better the team and overspent for guys who have been underacheivers. And here we are unable to win our division or a play off game, and up against the cap without a franchise QB, LT, or CB. That is what I call total bull crap and a reason to fire the whole lot of the perpetrators and hire Marty as President and let him pick the rest. Clark has shown himself to be unable to pick a winner.

          • tm1946

            Need to say I was a huge supporter of DorseyReid hiring. These two have the pedigree of being winners. like the Smith move and was not dying over Bowe contract. Then a 9-0 start, I was gone.

            But no longer such a happy camper. Frankly after being made a fool of more times than not by the Chiefs, I am in full rage. I am 67, seems before this team gets decent on a multi year level, I will be dribbling in my oatmeal.

            No answers and the Chiefs may be in the superbowl by 2020 but I doubt it. There is something missing on a basic level from the team I followed to long.

          • jimfromkcj

            Being 80, you can understand why I am about to blow a gasket all the time. You know what this reminded me of? Well it got to making me think of the old Kansas City Athletics and how every player they developed got traded to the Yankees and we were noted far and wide as the Yankee farm team. Or as they would say today their bitchs.

          • tm1946

            The Johnson family made no bones about it, farm club to make them money selling to Yankees for over the roaders. Have not been a baseball fan since Finley took over, painted balls and move to Peculiar. Someone else can have that bunch.
            Take away our one superbowl and it can been an effort in futility. Today, I am getting tired. Absolutely no interest in watching the Chiefs be road kill and “just wait for next year”. mantra.

  • Rachel-Dolan Jackson

    Not alot of good draft picks or money! Not a good sign. I hope we at least do some restructuring…. cause we will need it next yr…

    • Ben Nielsen

      KC should have more picks and money next year. Make a few smart moves this year and they’ll be a good team in 2014.

      • tm1946

        With no money….sure these moves just guarantee a superbowl appearance in 2014.

        • Matt Youngberg

          So did these moves by the Broncos doesn’t guarantee anything. Ask Tue skins and eagles . Did they go to the super bowl lol

          • tm1946

            Obviously the Chiefs will be in the Superbowl and the broncos will be less than Oakland…… lalalal, land of the lotus eaters.

          • Matt Youngberg

            I never said that the chiefs will be in the super bowl. Name me a team in recent memory that went balls to the wall in free agency and it paid off ?

  • Ed

    I know hat it takes more than free agency to put together a wining team but we have to keep up with the Joneses to stay competive. The Donkesy signed two excellent players to their backfield and word is they may get Demarco Ware, come on. Can any body tell me why has the Chiefs have not approached Tamba for a restructuring of his contract? Same with Berry. I was hoping we sign S Bryd but he is gone. 90 mins to lose 5 players. Last comment, forget about WR in first round. Very rarely WR play well their first year anyway and we have a tendency to pick the wrong WR in the first round (Remember Syvester Morris heheh).. Let pick defense in this year’s draft. Lets go with Tuitt, Kony or Pryor. We can get a good WR in the third round. Come on Chiefs, make a move. Where Michah?????

    • micah stephenson

      I was on vacation, lol. I’m back now that the season has started. I’ve started selling car audio and video equipment, and I stay busy from 7am till 10pm. Im making so much money that I’m opening a store. I been so busy so I just stop n and read comments real quick but don’t have time to respond as much.

      • tm1946

        Did not miss all that much. Just the Chiefs being the Chiefs. The NFL is all about salary cap and players moving. Of course, that is not what the Chiefs are about, at least from an improvement stand point.

        • micah stephenson

          The Chiefs are a business. They bottom line is money. In kc the team only has to b average for them to make money. Chiefs are good enough to go 8-8 plus have no money, so they w ill tell you we building through the draft and that they will need time to get the team together, then kick in the company motto “JUST WAIT TILL NEXT YR”

  • A1 Yola

    The Chiefs GM seems like He is asleep at the wheel right now. Put away your optimism now. 7-9

    • Ben Nielsen

      It’s been one day of free agency. No need to panic yet.

      • A1 Yola

        I’m a pessimist. AS did alot of scrambling and was constantly moved from his spot. The Team lost 2 of their Best Lineman, only slot Receiver and may be losing a good line Backer in Jordan. JD isn’t GM for nothing, but how does He plan to fill these holes (Adaquately), before next season. But that’s why He gets paid.

        • Ben Nielsen

          If AS was scrambling and moved from the pocket a lot then why be worried the Chiefs let three offensive linemen go? Clearly they were not doing a good enough job.

          There’s a lot of time between now and the draft to see how Dorsey plans to fill those holes. Don’t be surprised if a lot of those answers are already on the roster.

          • Steve Blank

            awesome retort…makes perfect sense…if the qb is scrambling so much then why lament the loss of those responsible

  • Matt Youngberg

    Omg the sky is falling. The guys we lost aren’t that big of a deal. We already got better players already on the team to replace . Oh Ya name me a team that has done good that went all out in free agency. How did that work out with the skins and eagles?

    • tm1946

      Really 4 starters gone and there are replacements on the team….. Shame they did not show up and play last year, we might have been in the superbowl.

      • Matt Youngberg

        Ok lets sign everyone that left . Of we would of done that it would of hit the salary cap over 100 million . Do u think we can spend 100 million on five players . I like dmc but he only scored 2-3 touchdown a year .

        • Priest4Prez

          I think we would have all been a bit happier if we knew that there were restructuring of contracts being made to possibly keep one solid lineman. There simply wasn’t anything done, and with Denver obviously improving…it’s making last year look all the more foolish in some areas

          • Matt Youngberg

            How do you know that they aren’t restructuring contracts

          • tm1946

            If so, then old horse face got us again. It seems Dorsey, for whatever reason, is not getting contracts restructured, and here we sit broken hearted, tried to………….

          • Matt Youngberg

            You dont know Dorsey isn’t restructuring contracts . Oh it’s just been less then a day since free agency started

          • tm1946

            Not being a GM but it does not seem all that likely you start restructuring contracts AFTER you start losing players. Might consider restructuring in advance so you have some money to use on free agents before they leave…. but that is just me.

            PS do not care about these particular players but the concept of all is good in 2013 and the bottom drops out in 2014 may not be the best plan for a team that is playing for multiple years.

          • Matt Youngberg

            Oh yes you are so much smarter then Dorsey is

          • tm1946

            Thank you but I doubt it, just smarter than you.

          • Matt Youngberg

            I really doubt u are smarter then me . Believe what you want

          • Steve Blank

            only a fool argues with an idiot…so..maybe you dont argue with matt anymore?

        • Steve Blank

          from watching the tapes of the guy we are gonna use to replace Dmac, we wont be missing much….and we will save a boatload

  • micah stephenson

    Keep

    • micah stephenson

      Well they bringing in the 1st guy on my list friday. E. Sanders. J.tuck gone. Sproles gone. I hope S.Phillips visits us next!

  • tm1946

    According to this article we have no worries in KC. heck all we have to do is outlive P. Manning. Then things will be fine. Crap. I want to beat Denver and win a damned super bowl. Will not happen this year. And next year we can hope Manning retires because our stars are getting a little long in the tooth. Heck, everything is up to date in KC….. no worries at all.

    • Priest4Prez

      Thank YOU! My thoughts exactly…

  • Joe Flamingo

    How come you didnt list the players Denver LOST in free agency. You only mentioned who they gained. I know they lost their starting guard (Beatles) to name one. Is this some kind of scare tactic from a closet case donkey fan? Because im not scared. Broncos, Broncos, Broncos…..Bla, Bla Bla. Go Chiefs!

    • Matt Youngberg

      My thoughts exactly Joe

  • Tra Tha Chief

    I am a die hard chiefs fan but I am pissed…. especially when i see chiefs players leaving for under 4 million a year like dexter mccluster there is no reason not to sign him for that or even less if he wanted to stay on a winning team…. but thats getting away from my main point…. My main point is the chiefs, like the gentleman states, are worse than they were last year, “but not by much” well i don’t have to remind all of us…. We didn’t win anything last year, not a Super Bowl, a conference championship, or even a division championship. So if we aren’t doing anything in free agency than we may struggle to even make the playoffs….. while the broncos, sign three people we would die to have, Talib, T.J. Ward, and Demarcus Ware, how are we to compete…. Oh, wait for Peyton Manning to retire is what this joke of a writer just stated…. Come on there are veterans out there we need to jump on. like Jason Hatcher, Melton from the bears, resign Jared Allen, Dominque Rodgers cromartie…. we need to bring in some of these players…. I understand we are strapped for cash but we have to do something…. Where are the extensions of alex smith, and eric berry to open up more cap room…. Where is the extension of Justin Houston before he commands a 10 million dollar a year salary…. there are some moves we can be doing instead of resign back up players in zombo and abdullah…. Which i love both of them but come on chiefs…. lets continue to get better and not regress…. the chargers have just about as much money as us and they actually signed a starter caliber player in Donald Brown…. WE NEED TO MAKE MOVES!!!!…. GO CHIEFS!!!!!!!!

  • Hawthorne

    Chill out all. Chiefs lost 2 starters we wanted to get rid of and one we didn’t. The draft is deep at Oline and WR and it won’t be hard to draft a DE who will do at least as well as TJax. The reason we don’t have a ton of cap space is because we have a fairly complete team. Denver has cap space cause their defense looked like a sick 4-year-old fighting a 200lb radioactive mongoose and their offense is Manning, take him away and their team would have won 7 games last year. So they get better at any cost while we methodically build towards domination for the foreseeable future.

  • IRISH STUD

    Sometimes you have to look at the big picture. The next AFC West team to win the superbowl will be the CHIEFS. I’ve been saying that for five years. Chokeland is a joke. San dago has no qb ( though they think they do.) And manning who seldom wins the big one is another year older. Stay cool and keep the faith!

  • Dave

    I simply don’t see us improving this year.

  • Daniel Mayfield

    It’s always about the Donkeys. The AFC rotaits around Manning. It wouldn’t matter if KC was #1 and Denver was last….Manning would always be on ESPN.