AFC West news and notes

February, 23, 2011
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The deadline to place the franchise tag on players is Thursday. There had been speculation that Oakland could place the tag on tight end Zach Miller. The franchise tag for a tight end is $7.3 million. However, there is no guarantee Miller will be an unrestricted free agent under the rules of a new CBA, so Oakland could roll the dice and not tie itself to the franchise tag. No matter what happens, I don’t see Oakland losing Miller this offseason.
  • There is confusion about whether or not the Raiders’ buyback contract option for linebacker Kamerion Wimbley is in accordance in league rules and that Wimbley could end up being a free agent this year. If Wimbley is a free agent, he will be a priority for Oakland. He had nine sacks last season.
  • The Broncos have some big-money decisions to make on veteran like Brian Dawkins and Jamal Williams. Williams is a better fit for the 3-4 defense and Denver will move to a 4-3, so he could be expendable. Fox loves veterans like Dawkins, so I could see Denver trying to work something out with Dawkins at a reduced price.

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