Broncos, Chiefs get high free-agency grades

March, 29, 2012
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Matt Williamson’s grades are in.

He gives the Chiefs and Broncos high marks. The Chargers and the Raiders? Not so much.

In an Insider piece , Williamson gave both the Broncos and the Chiefs "A" grades for their work. Denver brought in quarterback Peyton Manning and the Chiefs brought in several key pieces.

Even though the Chargers brought in several players, they did lose Vincent Jackson and Mike Tolbert, so Williamson gave them a "C." Oakland had major salary-cap issues to deal with and Williamson slapped a "D" grade on the new regime that was clearly in a tough spot. What do you think about these grades? Fair or foul? Fill up the comments section below with your thoughts.

In other AFC West news:
  • The Broncos are one of several teams showing interest in South Carolina's Alshon Jeffrey. He is expected to be a late first-round pick. Denver has the No. 25 pick. Because of greater needs on defense, I don’t expect Denver to take a receiver with its first pick. Perhaps it will add a receiver with another early-round pick.
  • Former longtime Raiders trainer George Anderson died at the age of 82.
UPDATE: NFL.com reports the Raiders are visiting with Colts’ free agent linebacker Phillip Wheeler. He started games last season and he had 84 tackles. If he comes cheaply, he could be the player the Raiders plug into the starting lineup.

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ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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