Early AFC West news and notes

April, 26, 2010
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The Jets and Miami are being talked about as possible landing spots for pass-rushing linebacker Adalius Thomas, who was just cut by the Patriots. I wonder if the Chiefs or Broncos will show interest. Kansas City general manager Scott Pioli and Denver coach Josh McDaniels were in New England with Thomas. Both teams could use some pass-rush help.

But Thomas was a bust in New England and many people believe he is just a situational player. Pioli and McDaniels may not deem it worthwhile to pursue Thomas.

On SportsCenter Monday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter said the Raiders may cut JaMarcus Russell if he doesn’t take a pay cut. I expect him to be cut soon.

The San Diego Union-Tribune said the Chargers discussed trading linebacker Shawne Merriman during the draft. There are more and more signs that 2010 will likely be Merriman’s last season in San Diego.

The Denver Post wonders whether the Broncos have done enough to catch San Diego in the AFC West chase. I’m not convinced.

The Oakland Tribune (via NFLdraftbible.com) has a list of some of Oakland’s undrafted free agents.

San Diego coach Norv Turner has high hopes for new running back Ryan Mathews.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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