AFC West: Andre Coleman
Kansas City is heading into the practice week with four quarterbacks on the roster even with Matt Cassel healthy. The backups are Brodie Croyle, Tyler Thigpen and Matt Gutierrez. Carrying four quarterbacks is a rarity in the NFL. But if there is an injury elsewhere, Thigpen could be decent trade bait. So, the Chiefs may want to keep the three backups for awhile.
To make room for defensive tackle Alfonso Boone, the team released defensive end Andre Coleman, who has been bouncing back and forth from the practice squad to the 53-man roster.
The Chargers announced they have 2,500 tickets to sell by Thursday’s deadline to avoid a local television blackout for Sunday’s game against visiting Miami.
Former Denver running back Ryan Torain is healthy and ready to sign elsewhere. Several teams have expressed interest in Torain. He was cut by Denver after spraining his knee. He has had three significant injuries in the past year.
Veteran tackle Jon Runyan remains unsigned. He tried out with the Chiefs two weeks ago.
The Shawne Merriman-Chad Ochocinco Twitter spat has continued. They two went at it Twitter style during the summer. The Chargers and Bengals play Dec.20.
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There’s been some roster juggling in the AFC West on Monday.
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen is reporting the Chiefs have signed receiver Bobby Wade.
Wade played for Kansas City coach Todd Haley in Chicago and the Chiefs have a big need for receivers. Wade was a surprise cut in Minnesota last week. Wade is an experienced player, who should be able to help the Chiefs right away.
Meanwhile, the Chargers cut fourth-round pick Gartrell Johnson to make room for defensive end Andre Coleman.
The Chargers liked Johnson, a big downhill runner. But he was the team’s fourth tailback. The Chargers will likely put Johnson on the practice squad if he slips through waivers Tuesday. Coleman was on San Diego’s practice squad the past two years. He gives the Chargers some depth Monday night. They are banged up at defensive end with starter Jacques Cesaire not expected to play against Oakland on Monday night.
Oakland cut defensive tackle William Joseph for the second time in a week to make room for Richard Seymour, who is expected to play extensively Monday night.
The San Diego Chargers just announced their eight-man practice squad:
Gary Banks WR Troy
Darry Beckwith LB Louisiana State
Simeon Castille CB Alabama
Corey Clark T Texas A&M
Andre Coleman DE Albany
James Holt LB Kansas
Billy Latsko FB Florida
Ryan McDonald C Illinois
The San Diego Chargers just announced their final cuts.
I will follow up with an analysis post soon. But here’s the list:
The San Diego Chargers released 21 players today and placed DE Ryon Bingham on Reserve-Injured (arm) to reach the NFL’s mandatory 53-player roster limit. The following players were released:
LB Eric Bakhtiari
WR Gary Banks
LB Darry Beckwith
CB Simeon Castille
T Corey Clark
DE Andre Coleman
TE Charles Davis
G Ray Feinga
G Kynan Forney
DE Keith Grennan
LB James Holt
DT Rashaad Jackson
FB Billy Latsko
WR Charly Martin
C Ryan McDonald
RB Kestahn Moore
DT Ian Scott
T L.J. Shelton
CB Antonio Smith
P Truman Spencer
TE Kory Sperry
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• The Chargers say they will stay in San Diego in 2009. The chances of the Chargers moving to Los Angeles will increase if a stadium deal in San Diego isn't figured out.
• The Kansas City Star handicaps potential coaching candidates for the Chiefs' opening. There have been no reported interviews. The speculation remains that the team will pursue Arizona offensive coordinator Todd Haley after the Super Bowl.
• Former Seattle and San Francisco assistant John Marshall is expected to talk to the Oakland Raiders about their defensive coordinator job as the Raiders continue to try to compile a coaching staff without naming a full-time head coach. Also, former Oakland defensive backs coach Darren Perry is now Green Bay's safeties coach.
The Chargers have re-signed eight players for the 2009 season. They are: linebacker Eric Bakhtiari, wide receiver Gary Banks, running back Eldra Buckley, defensive end Andre Coleman, guard Brandyn Dombrowski, cornerbacks Grant Mason and DeJuan Tribble and defensive tackle Ogemdi Nwagbuo. All of the players except Tribble signed for one year. Tribble signed for two years.