Playing AFC West catch up

August, 5, 2013
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Here are some thoughts from around the division on the happenings that occurred while I was attending to a family matter the past few days:

Kansas City

Offensive coordinator Doug Pederson caused a stir when he said he thought Alex Smith was the best quarterback in the NFL.

My thoughts?

Pederson loves his guy and he supports him. That is great, but it’s difficult to give that statement any credence. Smith is fine. He is an upgrade from what the Chiefs previously had at quarterback. To suggest he’s the premier quarterback in the league is simply silly.

Oakland

The Raiders signed kicker Sebastian Janikowski and long snapper Jon Condo to extensions. Smart moves.

They are premier players at their position. These moves are indications of better days ahead for the franchise. The team is getting out of salary-cap jail and will be able to lock up other core players in the coming moves.

Don’t be surprised if you soon see players such as Lamarr Houston, Jared Veldheer, Jacoby Ford, Darren McFadden and Marcel Reece getting new deals. The first step of rebuilding this team is keeping its better players. Oakland has been unable to do that in recent years.

San Diego

The Chargers are reportedly trying to extend the contract of linebacker Donald Butler. Great move, Butler is a burgeoning star. He’d be very popular on the open market.

The combination of Butler and rookie Manti Te’o could be special. Locking up Butler is a must.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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