Around the AFC West

September, 9, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com’s Bill Williamson

Denver

The Broncos have extended the contract of linebacker Mario Haggan.

My take: Teams often like to tie up players they are comfortable with this time of year. Haggan was signed for $3.5 million over the next two years, which is reasonable for a starting player.

Kansas City

Chiefs owner Clark Hunt wants to see progress this year.

My take: That’s why he fired the former regime and brought in Scott Pioli and Todd Haley. The Chiefs have won six games total in the past two years. Of course, Hunt wants to see progress. But he has a lot committed to Pioli and Haley, so even if the progress is minimal (which could be the case this year) Hunt will have to live with it.

Oakland

Rookie Mike Mitchell will play on special teams against San Diego.

My take: The second-round pick from Ohio dealt with a hamstring injury much of the preseason, so he was unable to make a statement at safety. However, if the hard-hitting Mitchell can perform well on special teams, he could get a chance to play at safety soon.

San Diego

A fast start is key for the Chargers.

My take: There’s no doubt about it. The Chargers know they have to start better. They started 5-5 in 2007 and 4-8 in 2008 before rebounding and making the playoffs both years. But starting slow is eventually going to catch up to a team. San Diego has a difficult start of the season. They play 2008 AFC playoff teams Baltimore, Miami and Pittsburgh in Weeks 2-4. San Diego has to do everything it can to come out of that stretch in good shape.

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ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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