AFC West: Bobby Wade

Early AFC West notes

April, 29, 2010
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Fanhouse takes a look at what Al Davis may be thinking about JaMarcus Russell.

It could take Davis time to part ways with Russell. Davis does not like to admit mistakes. Cutting the No. 1 overall pick from the 2007 draft would be admitting a major mistake.

But trading for Jason Campbell is clearly a sign Davis thinks Russell can’t get the job done. Whatever happens -- whether Russell is at the team’s minicamp, starting Friday, or not -- will be intriguing to watch.

Washignton signed receiver Bobby Wade, who spent most of last season in Kansas City. He had 36 catches for 367 yards last season.

New Denver quarterback Tim Tebow will be a video game cover boy in 2011.

AFC West: Free-agency primer

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Denver

Potential unrestricted free agents: P Mitch Berger, S Vernon Fox, T Brandon Gorin, Nick Greisen, G Ben Hamilton, G Russ Hochstein, DE Vonnie Holliday, CB Ty Law, WR Brandon Lloyd

Potential restricted free agents: LB Elvis Dumervil, OL Chris Kuper, WR Brandon Marshall, QB Kyle Orton, TE Tony Scheffler, DT Le Kevin Smith

Franchise player: None.

What to expect: The Broncos’ restricted class is talented. That will be the focus. It has been reported that Marshall, Orton, Dumervil, Scheffler and Kuper will all get one-year tenders. Marshall very well could be traded. It wouldn’t be a shock if Dumervil gets some action on the restricted market. Miami could be interested.

Kansas City

Potential unrestricted free agents: OL Andy Alleman, S Mike Brown, WR Chris Chambers, WR Terrance Copper, TE Sean Ryan, C Wade Smith, LB Mike Vrabel, WR Bobby Wade

Potential restricted free agents: RB Jackie Battle, QB Brodie Croyle, LB Derrick Johnson, LB Corey Mays, OL Ikechuku Ndukwe, OL Rudy Niswanger, OL Ryan O'Callaghan, S Jarrad Page

Franchise player: None.

What to expect: The Chiefs are interested in keeping some of their unrestricted free agents. General manager Scott Pioli said at the combine the team has been in contact with several of their free agents. Chambers is the focus. The team is trying to keep him. Brown and Vrabel could also return with new deals.

Oakland

Potential unrestricted free agents: S Hiram Eugene, G Cornell Green, T Langston Walker, LB Sam Williams

Potential restricted free agents: LB Jon Alston, OL Khalif Barnes, LB Ricky Brown, LB Jon Condo, QB Charlie Frye, QB Bruce Gradkowski, LB Thomas Howard, RB Luke Lawton, OL Chris Morris, LB Kirk Morrison, CB Stanford Routt, RB Gary Russell

Franchise player: DE Richard Seymour.

What to expect: The Raiders franchised Seymour and signed kicker Sebastian Janikowski to a record deal, so they’ve already been busy. It will be interesting to see how they tender Howard and Morrison. The Raiders could use some new life at linebacker and this could be the start of it.

San Diego

Potential unrestricted free agents: DT Alfonso Boone, TE Brandon Manumaleuna, C Dennis Norman, WR Kassim Osgood. T Jon Runyan, DT Ian Scott, TE Kris Wilson

Potential restricted free agents: OL Jeromey Clary, LB Tim Dobbins, WR Malcom Floyd, DT Antonio Garay, OL Eric Ghiaciuc, LB Marques Harris, WR Vincent Jackson, DT Travis Johnson, OL Marcus McNeill, LB Shawne Merriman, RB Darren Sproles, QB Charlie Whitehurst

Franchise player: None

What to expect: The Chargers have their hands full. It’s been reported they will give high tenders to Jackson, Merriman, McNeill and Floyd. Jackson and McNeill could still attract some interest on the restricted market. Sproles is not expected to be tendered, making him a free agent. The Chargers want him back. But if Sproles hits the open market, the multifaceted weapon could be scooped up quickly.

Free agency: AFC West

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AFC Free Agency: East | West | North | South NFC: East | West | North | South

An early look at the free-agent situation in the AFC West.

Note: These projected lists reflect notable unrestricted free agents for each team. The NFL will not issue an official list of free agents until the signing period begins March 5.

[+] EnlargeChris Chambers
AP Photo/Charlie RiedelKansas City wide receiver Chris Chambers had 608 yards on 36 receptions after being acquired off waivers in November.
Denver Broncos

Unrestricted free agents: P Mitch Berger, S Vernon Fox, T Brandon Gorin, Nick Greisen, G Ben Hamilton, G Russ Hochstein, DE Vonnie Holliday, CB Ty Law, WR Brandon Lloyd.

Key figures: There isn’t much here. The team could bring back Hochstein, Holliday and Law, but they are all complementary pieces. It’s all about the restricted free-agent class in Denver. The Broncos have to figure out what they are going to do with receiver Brandon Marshall, defensive end Elvis Dumervil, quarterback Kyle Orton and tight end Tony Scheffler.

Kansas City Chiefs

Unrestricted free agents: S Mike Brown, WR Chris Chambers, WR Terrance Copper, TE Sean Ryan, C Wade Smith, LB Mike Vrabel, WR Bobby Wade,

Key figures: Chambers will be Kansas City's priority. He gave the Chiefs’ offense a big spark after he was claimed off waivers in November. The team’s brass really likes what Brown and Vrabel bring to the team and both could be back in Kansas City at the right price. Wade also could be brought back.

Oakland Raiders

Unrestricted free agents: Hiram Eugene, G Cornell Green, K Sebastian Janikowski, DE Richard Seymour, T Langston Walker, LB Sam Williams

Key figures: It’s all about Seymour and Janikowski. The Raiders are trying to get long-term deals with both players done. If new deals aren’t struck, watch for Oakland to put the franchise and transition tags on them. Oakland will do anything it can not to lose either player.

San Diego Chargers

Unrestricted free agents: DT Alfonso Boone, TE Brandon Manumaleuna, C Dennis Norman, WR Kassim Osgood. T Jon Runyan, DT Ian Scott, TE Kris Wilson

Key figures: The team would like to bring back Osgood, one of the best special-teams players in the NFL. But Osgood wants a chance to be a receiver and the opportunity might not be in San Diego. The Chargers will spend most of their energy on their restricted class. The priorities are receiver Vincent Jackson, tackle Marcus McNeill, linebacker Shawne Merriman, running back Darren Sproles and receiver Malcom Floyd.

Going back to school

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Seven AFC West players are among the 77 players who will participate in the NFL’s Business Management and Entrepreneurial Program this spring.

The program started five years ago to give players business-school experience during their players days to help prepare them for their post-football life. The session will be held next week.

The AFC West players going to participate in the program at the Harvard Business school are Denver’s Brandon Gorin, Spencer Larsen and LeKevin Smith and Kansas City’s Brad Cottam, Corey Mays and Kolby Smith. Kansas City receiver Bobby Wade will attend the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Posted by ESPN.com’s Bill Williamson

The AFC West is teeming with receivers who can't keep their hands on the football.

Thanks to ESPN’s Stats & Information, the following is a chart with showing the top 10 players in the league with the most drops. Four players on the list are from the AFC West. They are Kansas City’s Dwayne Bowe, Bobby Wade and Chris Chambers and Oakland’s Louis Murphy. Chambers was claimed by Kansas City on Tuesday after San Diego waived him Monday.

NFL drop leaders 2009
Player Targets Rec. Yds. Avg. TD Drops
Terrell Owens, Buffalo 50 23281 12.2 1 9
Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City 43 2330113.1 4 7
Mario Manningham, NY Giants 52 28439 15.7 4 6
Santonio Holmes, Pittsburgh 55 3049716.6 1 6
Derrick Mason, Baltimore 52 30421 14.0 45
Bryant Johnson, Detroit 46 1824113.4 1 5
Louis Murphy, Oakland 47 16232 14.5 15
Ted Ginn Jr., Miami 40 1821111.7 1 5
Bobby Wade, Kansas City 37 20226 11.3 2 5
Chris Chambers, Kansas City 31 912213.6 1 5
Posted by ESPN.com’s Bill Williamson

The Kansas City Chiefs latest search for a productive veteran wide receiver began in San Diego on Monday.

The Chargers surprised the league by cutting veteran receiver Chris Chambers, one day after he was demoted as a starter after a sluggish start to the season. Because of a healthy contract, Chambers, 31, was only expected to garner waiver interest from a contender. But the odds were on him becoming a free agent.

Yet, Kansas City, near the top of the waiver priority list thanks to their 1-6 record, jumped at the chance to add Chambers. Looking at the recent history of the Chiefs, it's not a surprise the team added Chambers, who until a year or so ago was considered one of the better possession receivers in the league.

Under new general manager Scott Pioli and new coach Todd Haley, the team has marched several veteran receivers into town, including Amani Toomer, Ashley Lelie, Bobby Engram and Bobby Wade, in recent months. Only Wade and Engram remain on the roster.

Chambers is probably the best of Kansas City’s veteran receiver additions. While he has lost speed, he should be decent No. 2 receiver to Dwayne Bowe and give quarterback Matt Cassel some much-needed help.

A change of scenery from San Diego could serve Chambers well. Chambers believes he may have been cut partly because of a personal issue. If he can regain some of his ability, this will be a good move for the Chiefs. At the very least, he’ll be in the Chiefs’ rotation.

The Chargers also will benefit from Kansas City claiming Chambers, who’ll be a free agent at the end of the season. The Chiefs have taken on the remaining portion of Chambers’ $4.55 million salary by claiming him. San Diego would have been on the hook for the salary had Chambers not been claimed.

Four players to watch

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Posted by ESPN.com’s Bill Williamson


Denver: Elvis Dumervil, linebacker: Dumervil doesn’t have to repeat his performance against Cleveland and get four sacks at Oakland on Sunday. The Broncos would likely happily settle for two sacks from Dumervil. We can’t say we weren’t surprised by Dumervil’s four-sack performance (that is a big, big day for anyone), but the guy does have explosive pass-rushing skills.

Kansas City: Bobby Wade, receiver: Wade made an instant impact for Kansas City in his first game last week. He has six catches for 72 yards after just one week of practice. He is comfortable playing for Kansas City coach Todd Haley and Haley loves having Wade. Haley coached Wade in Chicago. Expect Wade to continue to be a top option at Philadelphia on Sunday.

Oakland: JaMarcus Russell, quarterback: Let’s give Russell some credit. He led Oakland when he had to at Kansas City last week. But he was horrible for most of the game and he was bad in Week 2. He has thrown 35 incompletions in two games. If this continues, Oakland will not be able to compete, even if the rest of the team continues to play well. Russell has to find a way to become more accurate. It may be difficult against Denver. I could see him struggling with the 3-4 defense for a third straight week.

San Diego: Shawne Merriman, linebacker: Merriman is playing hard and he is trying. But he is not yet back from a knee injury that kept him out of all but one game last season. Merriman will get there, but it may take a while. His pass-rush burst yet isn’t there yet. Expect him to make strides Sunday against Miami, but it could be some time before he is back to his Pro Bowl level.

Postgame notes from Kansas City

September, 20, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com’s Bill Williamson


Final thoughts on the Raiders' 13-10 comeback win at Kansas City:
  • Oakland safety Michael Huff is playing much better so far in 2009. He suddenly looks like an NFL player.
  • Kansas City quarterback Matt Cassel is going to help this team. He has an edge to him. Once the Chiefs work out the kinks, they will be fine.
  • Didn’t you have a feeling the Chiefs were going to pay for letting the clock run out on them at the end of the first half while at the Raiders’ 8-yard line? That’s a killer in a three-point loss.
  • After playing well against the Chargers, Oakland running backs Darren McFadden and Michael Bush weren’t overly effective against the Chiefs.
  • New Chiefs receiver Bobby Wade had a nice start to his Kansas City career with six catches for 72 yards. He will help this team.
  • Richard Seymour was quiet for Oakland after he had two sacks last week in his Raiders debut. He had two tackles against the Chiefs.

Oakland-Kansas City halftime notes

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Posted by ESPN.com’s Bill Williamson

  • Allowing the clock to run out at the Oakland 8-yard line at the end of the half is inexcusable. With the score tied at 3-3, Kansas City needed to get points. That could really come back to bite Kansas City in the second half.
  • Oakland quarterback JaMarcus Russell has is having an awful game. He has completed 3 of 12 pass attempts.
  • Kansas City quarterback Matt Cassel yards just 75 yards passing, but he is doing a decent job leading Kansas City down the field.
  • New Kansas City receiver Bobby Wade is giving the Chiefs a spark. He has three catches in his Kansas City debut.
  • Oakland linebackers Kirk Morrison and Thames Howard have combined for 15 tackles.

Chiefs notes: Cassel moving better

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Posted by ESPN.com’s Bill Williamson


Matt Cassel is making strides toward making his Kansas City debut Sunday at home against Oakland. He didn’t play in Baltimore in the opener because of a knee injury he suffered Aug. 29.

The issue has been Cassel’s mobility. With him moving better in a pivotal Wednesday practice, Cassel is clearly moving in the right direction. If he can make continued strides during the next three days, Cassel should be on the field against Oakland.

The Chiefs added receiver Lance Long to their practice squad. They released receiver Rodney Wright from the practice squad to make room for Long. Long was on Arizona’s practice squad last year where Kansas City coach Todd Haley was the offensive coordinator.

The Chiefs worked out tight end Leonard Pope on Tuesday. He played for Haley in Arizona. They also worked out receivers Courtney Roby and David Terrell (for the second time in five weeks) in addition to Bobby Wade, who was signed.

Meanwhile, it is being reported that the Eagles will not sign tackle Jon Runyan at this time. Runyan worked out for the Chiefs last week.

Plenty of roster moves in AFC West

September, 14, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com’s Bill Williamson


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.

Late AFC West news and notes

September, 11, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com’s Bill Williamson

As of Friday afternoon, the Chiefs did not make any contact with receiver Bobby Wade, according to an NFL source. Wade was cut by Minnesota on Thursday. He played for Chiefs coach Todd Haley in Chicago. The Chiefs need veteran receivers.

The Denver Post looks at the slow start by first-round pick Robert Ayers.

Chargers cornerback Antonio Cromartie didn’t get fined for his latest Twitter endeavor.

Oakland running Justin Fargas was limited Friday in practice with a hamstring injury in preparation for Monday night’s game against San Diego. Chargers left tackle Marcus McNeill was limited with a hand injury.

Evening AFC West news and notes

September, 10, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com’s Bill Williamson


The Raiders are getting aggressive in their stance with Richard Seymour while New England coach Bill Belichick is washing his hands of the situation.

This has become a holdout. That’s what it is. Seymour doesn’t want to be in Oakland, or least, right now. If the Raiders start to squeeze him, it may make Seymour come to town, unless he wants to retire and that’s unlikely. It’s becoming more apparent that Seymour will miss Monday’s game with San Diego as this saga drags on.

In other AFC West news:
  • Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco’s comments have fired up the Chiefs. That’s nice, but the Chiefs may need more if they are going to beat the Ravens.
  • There’s yet another turn in the Shawne Merriman legal saga.
  • Keep an eye on Bobby Wade and the Chiefs. Todd Haley coached Wade in Chicago and the Chiefs badly need veteran receivers. Really, I’d be surprised if Wade doesn’t join the Chiefs. He was cut Thursday by Minnesota.

AFC West news and notes

September, 10, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com’s Bill Williamson
  • There is reportedly new information in the Shawne Merriman case.
  • Tackle Jon Runyan visited the Eagles, who he starred for, Thursday. Runyan tried out for the Chiefs on Wednesday.
  • The Chiefs also need receivers and they could show interest in Bobby Wade, who was cut by the Vikings. The Chiefs also had an interest in receiver David Tyree, who was cut by the Giants last weekend. He worked out in Baltimore on Tuesday.
  • Kansas City safety Mike Brown is showing the leadership qualities that attracted the Chiefs to him.
  • Former Oakland coach John Madden is working closely with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. So, any hopes of Raiders fans that Madden will join the Raiders in a role have been dashed.
  • I’m still hearing the Raiders could show an interest in tackle Langston Walker. He was cut by Buffalo this week. Walker previously played for the Raiders, who have a need for tackles.

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