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Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Evening AFC West news and notes

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

We may find out soon if Wake Forest linebacker Aaron Curry will be in play for the Kansas City Chiefs at No. 3. ESPN's John Clayton is reporting that the Lions are working toward a deal with Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford to be the No.1 pick. It is also being reported that the Lions have a deal done with Curry if a contract with Stafford can't be completed.

Thus, if the Stafford deal falls through, the Chiefs will be out of the Curry mix. But don't count on it. With three days to go before the draft, the Lions and Stafford have plenty of time to work out a deal. It's no slam dunk that the Curry will be the Chiefs' pick if he is available, but it would be a good fit.

The 49ers say seven of the nine teams picking ahead of them Saturday are willing to trade down. It wouldn't be a shock if both Kansas City and Oakland (No. 7) are among those seven teams. The fact that so many teams want to trade makes it tougher on every team to make a deal. No trade involving a top seven pick has been dealt since 2005.

It is being reported that the Eagles are pursuing Kansas City tight end Tony Gonzalez. Gonzalez could be traded in the next few days if the price is right, but the team has made it clear it doesn't want to trade the star tight end. So, unless the Chiefs get a deal they feel they can't refuse, don't expect Gonzalez to be traded.

The rumors persist that Michael Vick will end up in Oakland if he is reinstated. At this point, I think that is just dot connecting. Any troubled player is connected to the Raiders.

Remember, just because Al Davis is a renegade owner who enjoys going against the establishment that doesn't necessarily mean he'd be gung ho to sign a player with Vick's troubled background. The Raiders could pursue Vick but I believe it is shortsighted for Vick to be connected to the Raiders just because the team has signed questionable characters in the past. This case is special.

San Diego star defensive tackle Jamal Williams is planning to plead guilty to traffic infractions following an arrest that was originally for the suspicion of drunk driving.