AFC West news and notes: Cromartie on the block?

March, 2, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

On a busy Monday night:

The San Diego Union Tribune reports that the Chargers would consider trading cornerback Antonio Cromartie if they bring back Drayton Florence. The word around the league Monday night is that the Chargers would take a third-rounder for Cromartie, who had 10 interceptions in 2007 but whose production and cover ability suffered in 2008.

It makes sense. The team would then likely make Antoine Cason, the first-round pick from 2008, the starter. Even though he had a poor season in 2008, Cromartie would likely get interest around the league in trade talks.

New Kansas City coach Todd Haley said that new quarterback Matt Cassel won't be handed the starting job and that Tyler Thigpen, who ended last season as the starter, will compete for the job. That's all well and fine, but it would be a shock if Cassel wasn't the starter in Kansas City.
The Chiefs didn't acquire Cassel to be the backup but Haley's words are smart. It helps Thigpen stay hungry and it keeps Cassel on his toes.

The Miami Herald is reporting that the Dolphins are close to signing Raiders' center Jake Grove.

Former Oakland cornerback and NFL hall of famer Mike Haynes has cancer.

It is being reported that former Browns head coach Romeo Crennel is still in the mix to be the Chiefs' defensive coordinator. If he doesn't take the job, it wouldn't be a surprise if Crennel reunites with Scott Pioli and Mike Vrabel in Kansas City. They were all in New England together.
Josh McDaniels has been collecting older defensive players so it wouldn't be a shock if the Broncos tried to pursue Jason Taylor, who was cut by Washington on Monday. Taylor would fit Denver's scheme as well. The Broncos are still considering bringing in defensive tackle Grady Jackson. Denver did sign San Francisco defensive tackle Ronald Fields on Monday. He will likely be a rotation player.

The Broncos and the agents for running back J.J. Arrington may try to fix the problems his contract and try to finalize the deal. Denver lost out on running back Derrick Ward, who agreed to terms with Tampa Bay on Monday. With Ward out of the picture, talks between Denver and Arrington could intensify.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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