AFC West: Brian De La Puente

AFC West news and notes

August, 24, 2009

Posted by's Bill Williamson

The Kansas City Chiefs announced that they will send one undisclosed 2010 draft choice to Miami as compensation for offensive linemen Ike Ndukwe and Andy Alleman. The Chiefs describe Nduwke as a guard. He was moved from guard to tackle in Miami. Alleman is listed as a guard/center. Meanwhile, the Chiefs cut guard/center Brian De Le Puente.

Oakland coach Tom Cable said JaMarcus Russell will be the team's opening day quarterback when the Raiders host San Diego on Sept. 14 on ESPN's Monday Night Football. This is no shocker. Russell has been the team's top choice at quarterback all along. If Jeff Garcia is going to take the starting job away from Russell, it will have to be at some point during the season.

Cable said middle linebacker Kirk Morrison will be ready to play in the season opener. He suffered a dislocated elbow against San Francisco. Morrison could fall behind Ricky Brown, who is pushing him for the starting job, while he is out.

San Diego star linebacker Shawne Merriman is happy with his progress from a knee surgery last year. Merriman doesn't expect to be at full speed until a few weeks into the season. Still, expect a full effort from this player while he continues to recover.

The Dolphins cut Ernest Wilford. It will be interested to see if the Raiders and Chiefs, who both need help at receiver, will take a look at the receiver/tight end.

Chiefs need to jump on Pioli

December, 30, 2008

Posted by's Bill Williamson

The Kansas City Chiefs need to put the full court press on New England executive Scott Pioli if they truly want him to be Carl Peterson's replacement.

The Cleveland Browns are pursuing Pioli hard. If the Chiefs want in on Pioli they need to strike now.

The word is that Pioli is as interested in pursuing other jobs as he's ever been. He is clearly the prize of the general manager market. Many league observers believe the best current situations open are in Cleveland and in Kansas City.

Pioli would likely be intrigued by both jobs. That's why Kansas City has to strike now. Sure, the Chiefs have other names on their wish list, but every GM wish list starts with Pioli, who has been a major part of the Patriots' success this decade.

Among the selling points Kansas City must give Pioli are the fact that he can pick his next coach, the fact that Kansas City has the No. 3 pick and, yes, he can bring in free-agent quarterback Matt Cassel if he likes.

The Chiefs have a lot to offer. If they want Pioli, they have to make it clear now with Cleveland already bearing down on him.

Meanwhile, the Chiefs just announced they signed four players to future contracts. They are guards Brian De La Puente and Edwin Harrison, defensive tackle T.J. Jackson and running back Dantrell Savage.

Kansas City makes some moves

October, 29, 2008

Posted by's Bill Williamson

The Chiefs have made some roster moves.

They waived guard Brian De La Puente and put long snapper J.P. Darche on the injured reserve list.

To replace the two on the 53-man roster, Kansas City signed tackle Andrew Carnahan from the Jacksonville practice squad. He is an Arizona State product. Kansas City also signed long snapper Thomas Gafford from Houston.

The signing of Gafford is another in a series of specialist additions. Last week, Kansas City added kicker Connor Barth and punter Steve Weatherford.

Chiefs claim two players

August, 31, 2008

Posted by's Bill Williamson

The Chiefs just claimed two players off waivers.

Not surprisingly, they are players who play the positions that are Kansas City's two biggest areas of need -- offensive line and linebacker.

The Chiefs are adding guard Brian De La Puente and linebacker Erik Walden. Thus, Kansas City will have to trim two players from the roster by this afternoon. De La Puente was signed as an undrafted free agent by San Francisco this year. He played at California.

Walden was a sixth-round pick of Dallas' this year. He is from Middle Tennessee State.

Stay tuned for more movement around the AFC West as the day marches on.