AFC West: Brian Johnston

Posted by's Bill Williamson

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Marshall holding out? The Denver Post is reporting that Broncos' Pro Bowl receiver Brandon Marshall is staying away from team activities because he wants a pay raise. His contract expires after next season.

Kansas City cuts another 2008 draft pick: Brian Johnston, a seventh-round pick last year, was cut by the new Kansas City regime. He was the fourth of the team's 12-member draft class to be cut this offseason.

Denver cuts Arrington: The Broncos cut running back J.J. Arrington months after signing him to a four-year, $10 million contract. He was cut because he failed his physical. Arrington will be out for the year. Denver gave him a $100,000 signing bonus. Most of his new money was going to be tied into a roster bonus.

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Posted by's Bill Williamson

The Kansas City Chiefs' new regime continues to part ways with members of its 2008 draft class, the final class of the Carl Peterson era.

Wednesday, Kansas City cut defensive end Brian Johnston. He was a seventh-round pick out of Gardner-Webb. Johnston played in nine games as a rookie. He had three tackles on defense and one on special teams.

He is the fourth of Kansas City's 12-member 2008 draft class to be cut since Scott Pioli took over as general manager in January. The team has also cut receivers Will Franklin (fourth round and the highest 2008 draft choice to be cut to date) and Kevin Robinson (sixth) and tight end Michael Merritt (seventh).

Chiefs add to battered D-line

November, 12, 2008

Posted by's Bill Williamson

The Kansas City Chiefs took a step toward aiding a hemorrhaging defensive roster by signing former first-rounder Jason Babin.

The defensive end will likely play Sunday against visiting New Orleans. Babin was a first-round pick of Houston's in 2004. He was cut by Seattle earlier its season. Babin has had several workouts in the past several weeks.

Kansas City grabbed Babin in an emergency situation. Starting defensive end Turk McBride and backup Brian Johnston may have serious injuries and starter Tamba Hali may miss some time. Backup Alfonso Boone and recently signed Wallace Gilberry are expected to play a lot.

Babin will have to get a crash course in Kansas City's system. But he is experienced. He has played in 47 games and has started 22 games.

Meanwhile, the Chiefs added linebacker Kyle Shotwell to the practice squad. Since entering the league as an undrafted free agent from Cal Poly S.L.O., Shotwell has spent time on the practice squad or been in training camp with Oakland, Philadelphia, Indianapolis, Minnesota and Tampa Bay.