- Bill Williamson, ESPN Staff Writer
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It is going to be a long day of roster-cutting. The deadline for teams to hit the 53-man limit is 9 p.m. ET Friday, and I think at least a couple of the teams in the AFC West are going to go down to the wire.
However, names have been trickling out around the league, and some of the names who will reportedly be cut could attract some interest in the AFC West.
Running back Tim Hightower is reportedly being cut by Washington. The Raiders need a veteran backup to Darren McFadden. Hightower is coming off a knee injury. However, he is 6-foot, 220 pounds and he has five years experience. The Raiders need a bigger, experienced back with Michael Bush gone. There will be other running backs that come available, but Hightower could interest Oakland, I’d think.
Green Bay is reportedly cutting veteran offensive lineman Reggie Wells. He can play several positions. I could see the Chargers being interested in the versatile offensive lineman because of injuries.
Another early reported name who is being cut is Eagles’ cornerback Joselio Hanson. I could see San Diego, Oakland and Kansas City (because of injuries) showing interest in Hanson. He is a decent nickel cornerback, who should find work quickly.
New England reportedly is cutting offensive lineman Dan Koppen and receiver Deion Branch. You’d have to think Kansas City general manager Scott Pioli could be interested in players he worked with in New England. The Chiefs have a bigger need on the offensive line than receiver. But Branch could be tempting.
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