AFC West: Antonio Croamrtie is reporting the Raiders are fighting the Jets for the services of New York cornerback Antonio Cromartie.

Cromartie would replace Nnamdi Asomugha and would team with Stanford Routt.

It would give Oakland a decent pair of cornerbacks, but Cromartie is not in Asomugha’s class. Cromartie makes some plays, but he is not very instinctual and he takes a lot of chances.

He won’t be cheap, either. The Jets want him after losing out on Asomugha, so the price tag will be high. If signing Cromartie hurts Oakland’s chances of doing anything else (including keeping Pro Bowl tight end Zach Miller), that would be troublesome.

Perhaps helping keep Miller in Oakland, Todd Heap has agreed with Arizona. So, there goes another tight end job. That’s good news for the Raiders.

At this point, I’d be very surprised if Miller did not stay in Oakland.

Houston fullback Vonta Leach has gone to Baltimore. The Broncos were reportedly in on him.

This is what Asomugha had to say about joining the Eagles: "When a team wants you, you can feel it. And when you feel that match, I don't think you can shy away from that."

I get the feeling Asomugha never had any intuitions of going back to Oakland.

You pick it responses

February, 26, 2010
As expected, we had a runaway winner in our AFC West “You pick it” story this week.

Really, how could it be any story other than LaDainian Tomlinson being released in San Diego? This is colossal news and will be one of the biggest stories in the division all year.

For the record, the other candidates were San Diego shopping cornerback Antonio Cromartie and former Kansas City defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast leaving his job as a defensive backs coach in Oakland after less than two weeks, to become the defensive coordinator at nearby Cal.

Below are some of your responses. Thanks to everyone who participated.

Dan from Pratt, Kan.,: With all due respect to the other persons involved: NO story has the impact of the loss of L.T., in any week or month. That from a Football Fan. Not a Chargers fan, but a 'Football Fan'.

Ryan from San Diego: It definitely has to be LaDanian Tomlinson being cut by the Chargers. Although, it was expected it is still so, so sad to see him go and potentially put on another jersey. He has meant so much to this town and is such a great, classy guy. It will bring tears to my eyes for a long time but a Super Bowl would definitely help things.

Daylon from Wyoming: I think its Cro being shopped. He was supposed to be an elite corner a couple years ago, but how that is now forgotten. What I dont understand is how they think that they will get a starting caliber RB for a CB that they themselves have devalued by questioning his toughness and his attitude. Heck it took Champ Bailey to get Clinton Portis, and Champ is 100 times the CB that Cro is...

Kyle from San Diego: This isnt even a question this week. There is only one story this week and that is LT. We will never be able to fully show LT our appreciation for what he did for this city and this team the last 9 years. He is the reason the Chargers have been as succesful as they have been in recent years and will be for years to come I think. It is the end of a great era and a sad time in SD. If the response to his release by the fans isnt enough to show people nationwide that there are passionate football fans in SD then I dont know what will.

Mike from San Diego: It’s L.T. this may be the biggest story in San Diego in 10 years. It’s huge.

Joe from Fresno: It’s the Tomlinson story. This is a celebration of a legendary career. He’ll be missed.
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen is reporting the Chargers are shopping cornerback Antonio Cromartie to help acquire a running back.

This is not a surprise.

There have been whispers about the team’s displeasure with Cromartie since before last season. He’s had a few minor run-ins with the team and his play on the field has been unsteady. He had a better season in 2009 than 2008 in coverage, but he is a major liability in run support. The Chargers believe 2008 first-round pick Antoine Cason is ready to take the next step.

So, if San Diego could get some value for Cromartie, I could see him being shipped out. Realistic compensation for Cromartie is probably a third-round pick.

Mortensen is reporting that a draft pick received in return for Cromartie could help the team find a running back. It is clear San Diego will find its new primary tailback through the draft, free agency or a trade. It is the team’s biggest need.

If trading a player like Cromartie helps make it happen, the Chargers need to consider it.

Evening AFC West news and notes

October, 23, 2009
Posted by’s Bill Williamson

Oakland receiver Chaz Schilens had to leave practice because of soreness in his foot. He was set to play Sunday against the Jets for the first time in nine weeks. Now, his status is less clear.

San Diego linebacker Kevin Burnett is listed as doubtful to play Sunday at Kansas City with an ankle injury he suffered Monday night. He didn’t practice all week. San Diego cornerback Antonio Cromartie is listed as questionable with a knee injury. He practiced on a limited basis Friday. Running back LaDainian Tomlinson practiced fully Friday after missing Thursday’s practice with an illness. He is listed as probable.

Kansas City left tackle Branden Albert is listed as questionable with an ankle injury. He practiced on a limited basis all week after missing Sunday’s game at Washington.

San Diego rookie linebacker Larry English was fined $7,500 for a horse-collar tackle against Denver on Monday night. English was penalized on the play. On the bright side, English is starting to play very well for the Chargers.

The Missouri General Assembly will honor the late Lamar Hunt by naming a stretch of I-435 in his honor. The designation will be recognized in a pregame ceremony prior to Sunday’s game.

Posted by's Bill Williamson

Here is an injury update around the AFC West where the questionable status of Oakland quarterback JaMarcus Russell is the injury story of the day.

Kansas City
Rookie cornerback Brandon Flowers took a step back and didn't practice Friday. He is questionable with a thigh injury. Linebacker Derrick Johnson didn't practice all week as he is listed as questionable to will play Sunday at San Diego. He has a thigh injury that knocked him out of Sunday's loss to Tampa Bay.

Defensive end Turk McBride is also questionable and he didn't practice Friday because of a shoulder injury. The Chiefs' challenge of upsetting San Diego would be heightened greatly without these defenders.

Russell didn't practice Friday and he is listed as questionable to face the visiting Carolina Panthers. Russell is dealing with a bout of knee tendonitis that he had while in college at LSU. Russell missed the final eight plays of practice Thursday. Oakland interim coach Tom Cable said he was hopeful Russell can play but Russell will be a game-time decision.

If not, backup Andrew Walter is set to play. He has been limited by a calf sprain this week but he told reporters he could play if Russell can't.

Russell has been struggling but the Raiders would be better off with him in the lineup. He needs all the playing experience he can get.

Meanwhile, rookie tailback Darren McFadden didn't practice because of turf toes on both feet. He has missed the past two games. McFadden is listed as questionable along with defensive end Derrick Burgess who has a triceps injury. He has missed the past four games.

San Diego
The Chargers are in good shape.

Defensive tackle Jamal Williams was the only player not to practice Friday. He has an illness but he is listed as probable. Receiver Chris Chambers (ankle) and cornerback Antonio Cromartie (hip) both practiced fully Friday. They are probable. Running back LaDainian Tomlinson is off the injury report after dealing with a turf toe injury since opening day.

Around the AFC West: Seats available

September, 19, 2008

Posted by's Bill Williamson

Headlines from around the division:

The teetering Broncos' special teams unit stands pat.

Kansas City
The Chiefs' young defensive line is a work in progress.

Teams are focusing on the Raiders' talented tight end Zach Miller

San Diego
Antonio Cromartie wasn't impressed with his play at Denver and few would argue with that assesment. Meanwhile, the Chargers are having trouble selling tickets again.

Posted by's Bill Williamson

DENVER -- The injury-barraged San Diego Chargers may have gotten a break.

Both running back LaDainian Tomlinson and cornerback Antonio Cromartie are active for today's game between the Chargers and the Broncos. Both players were listed as questionable on the injury report heading into the game.

Both players did practice fully Friday, though. Tomlinson has a turf toe problem and Cromartie had a hip issue. Both players were hurt in last week's loss to Carolina.

If Tomlinson is affected by the injury, Darren Sproles and rookie Jacob Hester will run the ball for the Chargers in what is a crucial game against the 1-0 Broncos. First-round pick Antoine Cason will spell Cromartie if he can't go.

The Chargers continue to play without standout offensive linemen Nick Hardwick (foot) and left tackle Marcus McNeill (neck). Both players missed last week as well. Jeremy Newberry starts for Hardwick at center and L.J. Shelton plays for McNeill at left tackle.

San Diego's other inactive players are cornerback DeJuan Tribble, linebacker Anthony Waters, guard Kynan Forney, tight end Kris Wilson, defensive tackle Brandon McKinney and Charlie Whitehurst is the emergency quarterback.

For Denver, its inactive players are safety Hamza Abdullah, running back Ryan Torain. linebacker Louis Green, tackle Erik Pears, center Tom Nalen, receiver Darrell Jackson, defensive tackle Nic Clemons and defensive end Jarvis Moss.

This is the second straight healthy scratch for Moss, Denver's first-round pick last year. The Broncos have plans for Moss but Denver doesn't think Oakland and San Diego were good match-ups for the slender pass rusher. However, if you are a first-round pick, match-ups shouldn't play a part on whether you are active or not.

Jackson was added to the injury report Saturday with a calf injury.