Broncos trying to further upgrade defense

March, 15, 2012
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The Denver Broncos are starting to move in free agency as their wait for Peyton Manning extends. NFL Network is reporting that Denver is going to visit with Baltimore linebacker Jameel McClain.

Coming from a 3-4 defense in Baltimore, he would likely play middle linebacker in Denver’s 4-3 set, solidifying the linebacker corps. Denver signed Cleveland safety Mike Adams on Thursday and is reportedly interesting in Atlanta pass-rusher John Abraham. Getting McClain and Abraham would significantly raise the talent level on an improving defense.

In other AFC West news:

San Diego running back Mike Tolbert left his visit with the Chiefs. He is still talking to Kansas City and may take other trips. The Chargers are still interested in re-signing him. The San Diego Union-Tribune is reporting that the Chargers want a fast answer from Tolbert; if not, they could move on to Kansas City running back Jackie Battle. I heard Battle’s name connected to San Diego in the afternoon. Battle is a decent backup; Tolbert is a tremendous backup.

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen is reporting that Peyton Manning’s long-awaited decision is not imminent. So let’s all continue to hurry up and wait.

The Denver Post is reporting that middle linebacker Joe Mays, whom McClain would replace, is visiting the Saints and the Colts. Denver doesn’t have much interest in re-signing Mays.

The San Francisco Chronicle is reporting that Houston guard Mike Brisiel will next visit the Redskins if he can’t come to an accord in Oakland. He has ties to the Raiders coaching staff, which will help.

Yes, the Chargers have added receivers Robert Meachem and Eddie Royal this week, but San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers doesn’t want anyone to forget about second-year player Vincent Brown.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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