- Bill Williamson, ESPN Staff Writer
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No draft prospect will get more press over the next eight weeks than Auburn quarterback Cam Newton.
Our NFL blog network put together a thread on the chances of Newton landing in each NFL city. A year after 2010 draft-buzz king Tim Tebow landed in Denver, the odds aren’t high that Newton ends up in the AFC West. There just isn’t a big enough need for a quarterback in the division to make this a likely pairing.
Meanwhile, in other AFC West news on a busy Tuesday afternoon:
San Diego receiver Vincent Jackson stands by his 2010 contract holdout. There will be no such holdout his season. The Chargers placed the franchise tag on Jackson and he is expected to play. He hasn't decided when to sign the franchise tag, but there is no rush.
The Raiders’ recent spending spree won’t kick in until the season starts.
Denver safety Brian Dawkins was among the contingent of players who attended Tuesday’s labor meetings. Dawkins has long been highly involved in the NFLPA.
File this name away, Oakland fans: Demarcus Van Dyke. The Miami cornerback posted the fastest 40-yard dash time at the NFL combine this year. He ran it in 4.28 seconds. Oakland has a history of eyeing the combine’s speediest players, including Jacoby Ford last year. Oakland drafted him in the fourth round, and Routt was taken in 2005 after posting a 4.27 40-time. So, be sure Van Dyke will be considered by Oakland.
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