Around the AFC West

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson


The Denver Post expects Brandon Marshall to show up for the Broncos' mandatory minicamp Friday.

My take: Marshall needs to show up. He won't be able to practice because of a March hip surgery that will keep him out until training camp. Marshall has been rehabilitating on his own partly because he wants a pay raise. If he doesn't come back during this minicamp, it will send a bad message, whether he can practice or not.

Kansas City

With Mark Sanchez signed, when will Tyson Jackson ink his deal?

My take: The No. 2 through No. 4 picks -- St. Louis' Jason Smith, Jackson and Seattle's Aaron Curry -- will all look at Sanchez's huge deal. He received $28 million guaranteed. The deal could reach $60 million. Sanchez was the No. 5 pick. Jackson, a defensive end, could be looking for a bigger contract than the player taken two picks lower. But the Chiefs will likely argue that Sanchez is a special case because he is a quarterback. I'm not saying the Jackson talks are going to be difficult, but the early Sanchez signing does introduce a potential wrinkle into the talks.


JaMarcus Russell had a nice OTA day Wednesday.

My take: Good for Russell. Just like when he struggled earlier in organized training activities, we shouldn't go wild about this. But it is a good sign. Russell has to make strides and he is showing he can. That's important.

San Diego

Former quarterback Ryan Leaf is in legal trouble.

My take: Leaf was a bust in the NFL, but he still has a long life to live. He needs to take care of his legal issues and try to move forward.