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Thursday, May 23, 2013
AFC West links: Nalen to enter Ring of Fame

By ESPN.com staff

Denver Broncos

Adam Gase, making the step up from quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator, credits predecessor Mike McCoy for helping him feel prepared. "Mike did a great job in letting me help him in everything we did," Gase told the Denver Post of McCoy, now the Chargers' head coach.

Tom Nalen, the former center who spent 14 seasons with the Broncos, will become the 24th member in the team's Ring of Fame, reports the Post's Jeff Legwold.

Will the Broncos sign any other free agents prior to the season starting? Legwold weighs in.

Kansas City Chiefs

Chiefs defenders are liking the system being installed by new defensive coordinator Bob Sutton, they tell the team website.

Tamba Hali expects the Chiefs' defense to get a lot more sacks this season, writes Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star. “I don’t want to put numbers on it but, yeah,” Hali said when asked if the Chiefs would put the opposing quarterback under more pressure than they did last season. “With the type of thing coach Sutton is doing with our entire defense, yeah. From cornerbacks to safeties to linebackers, we’re coming. We can get a lot of sacks."

One player who has stood out to quarterback Alex Smith during organized team activities is Dexter McCluster, writes the Star's Randy Covitz. “Not knowing much about Dexter McCluster ... he was the running back/receiver, and seeing how fluid he is, going in and out of those roles has been impressive for me to watch,” Smith said after Wednesday’s practice.

Oakland Raiders

Coach Dennis Allen sees the return of Charles Woodson putting a swing in his squad's step, the Bay Area News Group reports. "Charles ... he's got that swagger and I think he can bring some of that to our team," Allen said, "not just defensively, but to the whole team in general."

Why did Woodson choose to return to the Raiders? There were the passionate fans and the money, but Woodson said his relationship with GM Reggie McKenzie also played a role, reports Vic Tafur of SFGate.com. “I got a good feel about how he felt about the team and that just really gave me confidence that they’re going in the right direction,” Woodson said. “The game is about fundamentals and playing good football, and they have some good players, and if we can put it together then we’ll win games.”

San Diego Chargers

Ten months after he suffered an ankle injury that cost him the entire 2012 season, receiver Vincent Brown told the team's website that he feels "like a 10-year old kid running around, just happy to be out there" on the road to recovery.

The Chargers are making a mistake by shielding Manti Te'o from the media, writes Mike Klis of the Denver Post.