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Thursday, June 11, 2009
Around the AFC West

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Denver

The Denver Post expects Brandon Marshall to show up for the Broncos' mandatory minicamp Friday.

My take: Marshall needs to show up. He won't be able to practice because of a March hip surgery that will keep him out until training camp. Marshall has been rehabilitating on his own partly because he wants a pay raise. If he doesn't come back during this minicamp, it will send a bad message, whether he can practice or not.

Kansas City

With Mark Sanchez signed, when will Tyson Jackson ink his deal?

My take: The No. 2 through No. 4 picks -- St. Louis' Jason Smith, Jackson and Seattle's Aaron Curry -- will all look at Sanchez's huge deal. He received $28 million guaranteed. The deal could reach $60 million. Sanchez was the No. 5 pick. Jackson, a defensive end, could be looking for a bigger contract than the player taken two picks lower. But the Chiefs will likely argue that Sanchez is a special case because he is a quarterback. I'm not saying the Jackson talks are going to be difficult, but the early Sanchez signing does introduce a potential wrinkle into the talks.

Oakland

JaMarcus Russell had a nice OTA day Wednesday.

My take: Good for Russell. Just like when he struggled earlier in organized training activities, we shouldn't go wild about this. But it is a good sign. Russell has to make strides and he is showing he can. That's important.

San Diego

Former quarterback Ryan Leaf is in legal trouble.

My take: Leaf was a bust in the NFL, but he still has a long life to live. He needs to take care of his legal issues and try to move forward.