Monday, March 12, 2012
Evening AFC West notes
By Bill Williamson
Here’s another indication that the Raiders will soon cut pass-rusher Kamerion Wimbley. NFL.com reports that it will be done Tuesday. Wimbley’s release has appeared to be a foregone conclusion for days; expect San Diego to be in play once he becomes free.
Matt Leinart has been cut in Houston. He could be a candidate to join the Raiders. He played in Houston under new Oakland offensive coordinator Greg Knapp. The Raiders will very likely be in the market for a backup quarterback, so it is very plausible that Leinart could back up Carson Palmer — just as he did when both were at USC.
The Chiefs gave inside linebacker Jovan Belcher a second-round tender. Thus, the restricted free agent will likely be with the team in 2012 and it could preclude Kansas City from being interested in Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly with the No. 11 pick in April's draft.
With the Raiders suddenly in the market for a reliable veteran tight end, one option could be Houston’s Joel Dreessen. He played for Knapp in Houston.
NFL.com thinks former Denver receiver Brandon Lloyd could be in play in San Diego. If Vincent Jackson leaves, Lloyd could be an interesting fit. The Chargers will have a need.
The Chargers are holding onto two key exclusive-rights free agents.
A Denver columnist thinks Peyton Manning has slayed Tebow-mania in Denver.
New England could be a possible landing spot for Denver free agent tight end Daniel Fells.