AFC West news and notes

August, 3, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Let's catch up on a busy afternoon in the AFC West, where the headline news is the agreement of terms by No. 18 pick Robert Ayers in Denver.

Denver owner Pat Bowlen had to deny a rumor started by a former player concerning Michael Vick. Now, it seems the door is closed on Vick landing in Denver.

Denver coach Josh McDaniels is going to give former first-round pick Jarvis Moss time to consider his future.

The Raiders are reportedly shopping holdout defensive end Derrick Burgess. That makes perfect sense. He wants out. He's not showing at camp and the team has replaced him with Greg Ellis. Perhaps New England will renew its interest.

Maybe Denver, which needs pass rushers, will come calling. For those who think a Denver-Oakland trade would be absurd, please remember the Gerard Warren trade to Oakland from Denver a couple of years ago.

The Kansas City Star is predicting No. 3 overall pick Tyson Jackson will soon sign his contract.

Denver reserve linebacker Nick Greisen tore his ACL and will be likely be lost for the season, sources close to the situation said. Greisen was injured in Denver's morning practice Monday.

The Chargers kept linebacker Shawne Merriman out of the morning session as a precaution. He is coming of a knee injury that kept him out of all but one game last year.

San Diego coach Norv Turner was excited Monday, saying that the team "added playmakers."

John Clayton takes an interesting look at the downfall of the AFC West in his mailbag.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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