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Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Evening AFC West news and notes

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com’s Bill Williamson

The Kansas City Star has an interesting look at the Chiefs’ trade of Jared Allen to the Vikings in April. The trade netted the Chiefs a first round and two third-round picks. The Chiefs turned the picks into left tackle Branden Albert, tight end Brad Cottam and running back Jamaal Charles.

Allen has clearly outplayed the three youngsters combined so far. But this trade (made by the former Kansas City regime) was made for the future and because the Chiefs did not want to pay Allen. Yes, he is stud but, at least, the team got something for him instead of him leaving as a free agent.

Albert and Charles have a chance to be good. But at this point, you have to say the Allen trade does favor Minnesota.

Former Denver quarterback Jay Cutler is impressed by Denver’s defense. Cutler is probably wondering where the defense was last year. Denver gave up 112 points in the final three games as the Broncos made a historic divisional collapse.

The Chargers’ defense had an extra long meeting on their bye week. After the group gave up 497 yards in a loss at Pittsburgh, there was plenty to discuss.

It looks like tackle Mark Tauscher is heading back to Green Bay. He worked out for Kansas City last week.

The Broncos-Patriots game could be played in bad weather Sunday. Snow is in the forecast for Denver.