Monday, April 8, 2013
AFC West links: Raiders face highs, lows
By ESPN.com staff
Peyton Manning pledged to donate $500,000 to the Pat Summitt Foundation -- a group that helps raise money for Alzheimer's research.
The Denver Post takes a look potential Broncos first-round draft pick defensive end Jesse Williams from Alabama.
For the Broncos to become an elite team in 2013, Denver has to make adjustments on the defensive side of the ball through the draft.
Kansas City Chiefs
Will the Chiefs select a tackle with the No. 1 overall pick? The Kansas City Star reports Luke Joeckel and Eric Fisher are two tackles who are in the team's crosshairs.
Coach Andy Reid is already thinking of ways to incorporate Dexter McCluster into the lineup next season. “I like McCluster. I think he’s a good football player and he has a role on this football team. I’ve got some things in mind for him.”
A version of the good, the bad and the ugly is plaguing the Oakland Raiders. ESPN.com's John Clayton writes, "The good news for Raiders fans is that years of being in cap purgatory end after this season. The Raiders currently have $79 million of cap room next year; that's $40 million more than the next closest team. The bad news is that only 21 players are under contract, including only seven making more than $1 million."
Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie tells Sports Illustrated's Peter King he's not overly worried about the upcoming season given the team's recent offseason transactions, especially at quarterback. "You know what? I don't think along those lines. I just think of doing what's needed to make this team the best it can be long-term. That's my job. But fearful? No. Not at all. Mark [Davis] knew the cap part of this was going to be a two-year deal. Mark is not his father. He is allowing me to do this, and we talk about the process all the time. He's allowing me to do the job that needs to be done."
The return to a power scheme has Raiders RB Darren McFadden eager to get back to work.
San Diego Chargers
Quarterback Philip Rivers "needs a really good 2013 for the new Chargers’ bosses to commit to him long term," writes the San Diego Union-Tribune's Kevin Acee.
The Chargers' website is examining some of the top draft prospects, including safety Matt Elam out of Florida.
Which team will have the better win percentage this year: Padres or Chargers?