AFC West: Alex Brown

No shockers among Oakland's cuts

August, 30, 2011
The Oakland Raiders have cut their roster down to 80 players. There are no surprises although safety Josh Bullocks was a veteran addition to the team. Here are Oakland’s cuts: Fullback Bryson Kelly, wide receivers Steve Goulet and Damola Adeniji, offensive linemen Ben Lamaak and Lou Eliades, defensive tackle Derrick Hill and Bullocks. Linebacker Travis Goethel and offensive lineman Alan Pelc were officially placed on injured reserve as expected.

The Denver Broncos and the Kansas City Chiefs have already made their cuts and the San Diego Chargers have made several. The deadline is Tuesday afternoon.

In other AFC West nuggets Tuesday afternoon:

New Kansas City tackle Jared Gaither is working to knock the rust off after missing all of last season with a back injury.

New Denver running back Willis McGahee talks about his ability near the goal line in a radio interview with a Denver station.

In an attempt to drum up ticket sales, the Dolphins are hoping to cash in on Tim Tebows return to Florida in October. Hey, aren’t the Dolphins dissatisfied with their quarterback situation and isn’t Tebow buried in Denver? Hey, we have an idea.

Meanwhile, as Tebow's status in Denver drops, so are the sales of his jersey. The former No.1 jersey seller in the league is now 10th.

New Orleans defensive end Alex Brown announced he has been cut. Denver could use more veterans on the defensive line and new Denver defensive coordinator Dennis Allen was on the Saints’ staff last season.

The Chiefs cut kicker Todd Carter and put backup tackle Ryan O'Callaghan on the injured reserve.

Oakland cornerback Chris Johnson has returned to practice after missing a couple of weeks. He will likely start Week 1 at Denver and his return should help Oakland. The Raider have had shaky preseason play at the position.

UPDATE: ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting former New England safety James Sanders will visit Kansas City if he doesn’t sign with Atlanta during his current visit there. Sanders played for Kansas City general manager Scott Pioli in New England. Sanders would be part of the Chiefs’ rotation at safety.
Fox Sports believes St. Louis could end up offering the No. 33 overall pick to Denver for restricted free agent receiver Brandon Marshall. It’s not a first-round pick, but it’s the next best thing.

Denver could ultimately agree to something like this. This is something to monitor.

There is a lot of intriguing draft news here. It looks like the Raiders are not done looking at young receiver help.

Don’t expect Pro Bowl receiver Vincent Jackson to report to San Diego’s offseason program, which begins in earnest Monday. He is a restricted free agent.

Jackson currently has no plans of reporting for the program. Many restricted free agents around the league are not attending the program.

San Diego restricted free agent Darren Sproles is attending the program. It is not known if San Diego’s other high-profile restricted free agents, Shawne Merriman, Marcus McNeill and Malcom Floyd, will attend when the program officially kicks off Monday.

Teams want their restricted free agents to attend, but as long as these players show for mandatory camps, it’s not that big of an issue.

Former Kansas City coach and current ESPN analyst Herm Edwards has a couple of ideas for San Francisco that would affect the AFC West. Sounds good to me.

Chicago cut defensive end Alex Brown. The only team in the division I could see looking into him is Oakland. I do think the Raiders could still take a look at free agent defensive tackle Grady Jackson. Oakland needs a big man in the middle and Jackson could be intriguing.