Do Gurode, Taylor, Haye fit in AFC West?

August, 29, 2011
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Some interesting players around the league are being cut as teams begin the process of trimming rosters in preparation of the final cut-down on Saturday. Dallas has cut high-priced center Andre Gurode, Chicago said goodbye to running back Chester Taylor and Tennessee cut defensive tackle Jovan Haye

Do they fit in the AFC West? Well, yes, they do.

Gurode could fit with the Raiders. Yes, the Raiders have Samson Satele and they like the way he fits with the line. But there’s no denying Gurode would be an upgrade. The only question would be whether Oakland wants to make a change at the position so close to the start of the regular season.

Coincidentally, Gurode and Oakland coach Hue Jackson share an agent, so you know Jackson will get a good review.

I expect Denver to investigate Haye, a former starter, and any other experienced defensive tackles who become available. They put in a claim for Kentwan Balmer when Seattle cut him last week and that was before Brodrick Bunkley hurt his knee. Balmer was claimed by Carolina, the only team that currently has a higher claim priority than Denver. That position is Denver’s biggest question mark.

Denver could use another veteran in the backfield and Taylor might be interesting, but there should be better options available in the next five days.

UPDATE: Taylor’s situation in Chicago is now muddled.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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