Early AFC West notes

July, 31, 2011
7/31/11
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ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports the Jets are closing in on a deal to retain cornerback Antonio Cromartie. He had been connected to the Raiders as a replacement for Nnamdi Asomugha. I don’t think it’s the end of the world that the Raiders aren’t getting him. Cromartie is a tad overrated and may not be worth the cost.

With the Jets bringing in Plaxico Burress, they should be out of the Malcom Floyd chase. The receiver market may be shrinking. San Diego has been expected to bring back Floyd, but it the market totally dries up, you never know.

Oakland coach Hue Jackson raved about second-year linebacker Rolando McClain.

Second-year San Diego running back Ryan Mathews has struggled with his conditioning early in camp. It’s no big deal. But for a player who had a somewhat rocky season, Mathews needs to be in shape by now. It’s definitely something to watch during camp.

Denver’s Elvis Dumervil is excited about John Fox’s history with defensive ends.

An inside look at the Eagles’ successful pursuit of Asomugha.

UPDATE: As expected, Denver restructured the contract of safety Brian Dawkins and finalized the deal for running back Willis McGahee. Both were procedural moves.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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