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Tuesday, February 26, 2013
More thoughts on Mike Holmgren

By Bill Williamson

Following up on our report on the Raiders talking to Mike Holmgren about a leadership role, NFL.com noted that the team could still hire former Madison Square Garden president Scott O’Neill in a business role.

If O’Neill is hired, trying to secure a new stadium would be a primary role. I believe that is on the table.

And it is clear that Holmgren would likely come in as an organizational leader, with football being the emphasis. After all, that is his area of expertise. If Holmgren -- who still wants to work and who wants to stay on the West Coast -- does join the Raiders, it will be interesting to see how that works with Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie and coach Dennis Allen.

Both men's jobs would be safe, but Holmgren wouldn’t join the team unless he had a major influence.

In other AFC West news:

Denver quarterback Peyton Manning and former Indianapolis teammate Austin Collie are going on a trip to visit the troops. Collie, a wide receiver is a free agent. Thus, Manning will have plenty of time to recruit one of his former favorite targets to Denver. The biggest question with Collie is his health. If he can pass physical, I expect Denver to seriously consider signing him.

ESPN.com columnist Jeffri Chadiha thinks the Chiefs will score with a trade for Alex Smith. That possibility is looking more likely every day.

The Arizona Republic reports that the Cardinals are also interested in dealing for Smith. I’d think the 49ers would rather send Smith to the AFC instead of keeping him in the division if everything else was equal.