Monday, March 1, 2010
The week ahead in the AFC West
By Bill Williamson
With the league year beginning Friday -- the free agency period and trading season begins -- this will be a busy week of preparation in the AFC West. The following is a look of what to expect for each team in the division this week.
The Broncos have a lot to do. They are expected to give one-year, restricted free-agent tenders to Brandon Marshall, Elvis Dumervil, Kyle Orton and Tony Scheffler.
Don’t be surprised if you hear more talk of a potential Marshall trade this week as Friday creeps closer. The team is expected to listen to offers. An NFL head coach said at the combine last weekend he expects Denver to get a first-round pick for the talented, but troubled receiver.
The Chiefs are working on keeping their own free agents and may extend a free agent or two. An extension for standout receiver Chris Chambers could be on the horizon.
The Raiders have to address restricted free agents Bruce Gradkowski, Kirk Morrison and Thomas Howard. It will be interesting to see how Oakland tenders the three players. I can see the Raiders giving Gradkowski an extension.
The Chargers may be the busiest team in the division this week. San Diego is expected to give high tenders (first and third round compensation) to Vincent Jackson, Malcom Floyd, Shawne Merriman and Marcus McNeill. The team needs running back and return man Darren Sproles and he is expected to be a free agent Friday. The team is also shopping cornerback Antonio Cromartie. The San Diego Union Tribune reported Sunday he could soon be dealt to Detroit.