AFC West: Anthony Gonzalez
ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that tight end Randy McMichael will remain with the Chargers, agreeing to a two-year deal.
McMichael, 32, had 30 catches in a reserve role with San Diego in 2011. McMichael has been with the Chargers for the past two seasons and is a favorite of the coaching staff.
In other AFC West news:
Oakland pass-rusher Trevor Scott signed with New England. Scott has big potential but has been slowed by injuries the past couple of years. I wouldn’t be shocked if he flourishes under Bill Belichick.
Another weapon of Peyton Manning’s weapons in Indianapolis is off the market. Receiver Anthony Gonzalez has signed with the Patriots.
I have gotten the sense that Denver will wait on Manning before making its major decisions. It makes sense, because Denver’s needs and salary-cap availability will depend on what Manning does. If Manning does sign with Denver, several of Manning’s former teammates in Indianapolis, including tight end Dallas Clark, receivers Reggie Wayne, Anthony Gonzalez and Pierre Garcon and center Jeff Saturday could be in play, as could others who might fit well with Manning.
This approach, of course, would be a calculated risk for Denver. If Manning goes elsewhere, the Broncos will have to scramble with their non-Manning plan. Because free agency starts Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET, Denver could lose out on some targets if the Manning decision takes too long.
But Denver wants Manning so badly — and might like its odds of landing him enough to take that chance.
In other AFC West news:
A frank Mike Tolbert discusses why he likely won’t be signing with the Jets in free agency. The running back’s agent, Joel Turner, said Monday that he and the Chargers are working to try get a deal done with Tolbert before free agency begins. However, there are no guarantees Tolbert will be signed by then.
The Houston Chronicle is reporting that the Texans will not be interested in Manning.
The Texans did cut tackle Eric Winston, who could be among the players both the Chiefs and Chargers look at.
Add Denver to the list of teams that might show interest in San Diego free-agent safety Steve Gregory.
There have been recent indications the Chargers might not be players for Miami defensive tackle Paul Soliai. However, the Chiefs and Broncos may show interest.
Here are some Monday night AFC west news and notes:
- Tom Cable was in a giving mood Monday, a day after Oakland's 31-10 upset win at Denver. Cable handed out 14 game balls. Is it too many? Perhaps, but it was a big win for the Raiders. They deserve to celebrate.
- The NFL said an official's ruling on an Anthony Gonzalez dropped pass was indeed the right call. Chargers fans thought it was a fumble, which would have been ruled a Chargers' fumble recovery.
- Chargers coach Norv Turner is getting panned a bit around the league for calling a time out before San Diego hit a field goal to tie the game against the Colts with 1:30 to go Sunday night. The time out gave the Colts more time.
The Colts went down the field and won the game on a 51-yard field goal as time expired. If the Chargers don't end up in the playoffs, this call could haunt him and the team.
- Denver kicker Matt Prater, who replaced legend Jason Elam this season, is in a slump. After a hot start, Prater has made just five of his last 10 field goal attempts.
- While San Diego prepares to host former backup tailback Michael Turner on Sunday, now a standout with Atlanta, the Chargers are excited about another backup running back.
Rookie Jacob Hester was very effective Sunday night as both a runner and a receiver. He was playing with fullback Mike Tolbert out with a neck injury. Hester, a third-round pick, had been playing well on special teams. Sunday, he showed he could be ready to be a valuable weapon out of the backfield.