How I See It: AFC West Stock Watch

March, 25, 2010
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Falling

Brandon Marshall’s trade value: The more time that goes by, the more unlikely it seems that Denver will be able to acquire a high, first-round pick for the restricted free agent wide receiver. The Seahawks appear adamant that they won’t send one of their two first-round picks (they have the No. 6 and No. 14 picks). No other team has made a move. The Denver Post suggested earlier this week that Seattle could send its second- and fourth-round picks to Denver for Marshall. If Denver wants to trade Marshall, it may have to settle for less than it originally desired.

Rising

A.J. Smith, Chargers general manager: Smith received some early heat from Chargers fans this offseason after the team lost, traded and cut several big-name veterans. However, Smith has to be back in the good graces of San Diego fans after he traded third-string quarterback Charlie Whitehurst to Seattle. The two teams swapped second-round picks next month (the Chargers now have the No. 40 overall pick and Seattle has No. 60) and San Diego will receive a third-round pick next year. Whitehurst has never thrown an NFL pass and had no real future in San Diego. This was a terrific trade for the Chargers. They should be able to address nose tackle and running back with the two picks and it gives San Diego drafting power it didn’t have.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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