Friday, March 9, 2012
Chiefs look at Luis Castillo
By Bill Williamson
The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that the Chiefs have visited with defensive lineman Luis Castillo. He was just cut by the Chargers.
The Chiefs will likely add to the defensive line in free agency and I wouldn’t be shocked if they added Castillo for depth. He has been a solid starter, but has been injury prone. The Chargers would like to re-sign Castillo at a reduced price.
Meanwhile, ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting the Colts would be open to trading pass-rusher Dwight Freeney. The only possible fit in the AFC West is San Diego. The Chargers badly wants a pass-rusher and Freeney could be intriguing. They were interested in his teammate, Robert Mathis, before he re-signed with the Colts this week. If Freeney is fairly reasonably priced, I could see the Chargers showing interest.
In other AFC West news:
As expected, the Raiders announced quarterback Carson Palmer restructured his contract to help the team with its salary-cap situation.
The San Francisco Chronicle is reporting that the Raiders aren’t expected to bring back free agents Jarvis Moss and Samson Satele. Moss is a bottom-of-the-roster type and the fact that Satele is not in the team’s plans could mean Stefen Wisniewski will play center. He was supposed to play there last year, but played guard instead and excelled there.
The Broncos are looking for a safety in free agency, but the pickings are slim.
The Chiefs have added Steven Smith as assistant offensive line coach. He was with Tennessee State last season.
Matt Williamson looks at the top 50 free agents available. KC Joyner looks at the best values in free agency and there is an AFC West flavor to it. Gary Horton of Scouts Inc. thinks San Diego receiver Vincent Jackson is the biggest free-agent risk available. Still, I think plenty of teams will line up to take that risk.
Yahoo Sports is reporting Tennessee free-agent cornerback Cortland Finnegan is recruiting Jackson to go to the same team he does. The report speculates that team may be Tampa Bay. St. Louis could also be a possibility.