Around the AFC West
Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson
- The Jay Cutler saga is more than a month old.
My take: There is only one way for the Broncos and Cutler to solve their differences and that is to communicate and try to move forward. While there have been a couple of meetings, there hasn't been a breakthrough as Cutler continues to stay away from the team. With the draft approaching in less than four weeks, Denver is either going to have to resolve this issue or start listening to trade offers.
- The Cowboys are expected to open the 2009 season in Denver.
My take: If this report is accurate, it will be the first time since 2004 that Denver opens the season at home. The biggest question, though, is not where the Broncos will be playing on opening day but whether Cutler will be their quarterback?
- Larry Johnson's grievance, set for Wednesday, could determine his future in Kansas City.
My take: The running back and the team are trying to come to a resolution before the grievance is held. If there is an accord, Johnson will stay in Kansas City. He still could stay with the team after the grievance but a settlement is the best chance of Johnson remaining in Kansas City. Sources say both he and the Chiefs' new regime have an open mind about his return.
- A look at several mock draft choices for Oakland, which has the No. 7 pick.
My take: The Raiders are probably going to take a wide receiver. Oakland believes it can get a tackle later in the draft and the Raiders are desperate for a receiver. Thus, Michael Crabtree or Jeremy Maclin may be too tempting to pass up.
- The Chargers start their offseason conditioning program Monday.
My take: The Chargers don't have many problems as they look forward to the 2009 season. San Diego can focus on winning and staying healthy. This is the best team in the division. The push for the playoffs in San Diego begins now.