Saturday, September 4, 2010
A man for each team
By Bill Williamson
The NFL roster shuffling is a fluid situation. Yet, as of right now, I think there is one player that would be a good fit for each AFC West team:
Denver, Gartrell Johnson, running back: The Broncos need a running back and there are no eye-popping names out there. Johnson, who was drafted and cut by the Chargers last year, was just cut by the New York Giants. He is a big running back who could develop in Denver and played at nearby Colorado State.
Kansas City, Derrick Burgess, linebacker: Burgess could be at the end of his career, but he does have a pass-rush burst. The Chiefs could use some veteran experience in the front seven and they are hungry for pass-rushing help.
Oakland, T.J. Houshmandzadeh, receiver: I love this fit. I think Houshmandzadeh is just what the doctor ordered in Oakland. He is a veteran who can help while the young players come along. There is some baggage, so Oakland could be weary of Houshmandzadeh like other teams apparently are.
San Diego, Michael Clayton, receiver: I think Chargers are going to look at offensive tackles. At first glance, there were no sure things available Saturday. The Chargers could also use a receiver. Clayton could be a good get for San Diego. He’d be a reserve and not much would be expected of him. But San Diego is a receiver’s paradise, so perhaps he’d re-energize his career there.