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Sunday, August 30, 2009
AFC West mailbag

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Lance from Wichita, Kan., wants to know what kind of role does Denver owner Pat Bowlen play in the Brandon Marshall situation.

Bill Williamson: It depends on who you believe, Lance. Marshall has maintained that Bowlen told him the team would try to trade him back in June. The Broncos deny that. But it really isn't the issue. This thing is beyond Bowlen. I really think Bowlen could have done a better job in the Jay Cutler saga. Yes, I know the Broncos say Cutler didn't return Bowlen's calls. But he could have intervened early. He could have forced Cutler and new coach Josh McDaniels to mend fences. The Marshall deal is about money and Marshall's unhappiness. I really don't pin this one on the owner.


Reggie A. Gamble from Rockledge, Fla., wants to know if the Chiefs will make any moves at receiver.

BW: Yes, I expect the Chiefs to add to their receiving crew. Coach Todd Haley all but said he would look for help when teams make their final cuts Sept. 5. The Chiefs already brought in veteran receivers Amani Toomer and Ashley Lelie since training camp began. The Chiefs have the third highest priority on the waiver wire in the league so expect them to be able to help the bottom of their receiving rotation before the first week of the season.


David from Akron, Ohio, wants to know what kind of season can be expected from Denver second-year receiver Eddie Royal.

BW: Royal has looked fantastic in McDaniels' offense. He can play several different positions. Expect Royal, who had 91 receptions as a rookie, to have a monster year. McDaniels can't wait to unleash him. Don't be surprised if Royal plays a Wes Welker-like role in Denver. Welker was a slot receiver for McDaniels in New England. And if the Marshall saga continues, Royal will have an even bigger role in Denver's offense.