AFC West: Dalals Cowboys
Kansas City has the top claiming priority because it had the worst record in the NFL. While the Chiefs could use a talented young receiver, I agree with the team's decision to pass on Young.
In other AFC West news:
- Frank Pollack, who was Oakland’s offensive line coach last year before being fired, has become Dallas’ assistant offensive line coach.
- Adam Zimmer, an assistant on Romeo Crennel’s staff, has joined his father Mike Zimmer in Cincinnati. Adam Zimmer was arrested on suspicion of DUI late last season in Kansas City.
A rousing crowd came out to watch Denver quarterback Tim Tebow’s golf tournament in his hometown of Jacksonville, Florida.
The San Diego Union Tribune had a look at the Chargers’ stadium issues.
The Denver Post has a look at tight end Julius Thomas’ transition from college basketball to the NFL.
The Kansas City Star has a look at Todd Haley’s history with developing successful receivers. The team is hopeful it happens again in the form of first-round pick Jonathan Baldwin of Pitt.
All 10 of the quarterbacks I voted for made the top 10. The only variation from my poll and the final ranking was the flip-flop of Baltimore’s Joe Flacco and the New York Giants’ Eli Manning. I had Flacco ninth and Manning 10th. In the Power Rankings, Manning was ninth and Flacco was 10th in a tie with Dallas' Tony Romo.
The only time I struggled during my ranking was at 10th place. I chose Manning because of his Super Bowl ring over the likes of Romo, Chicago’s Jay Cutler, Tampa Bay’s Josh Freeman and St. Louis Sam Bradford. In all, I considered 18 quarterbacks. It’s a pretty strong quarterback league these days.
I think there are seven elite quarterbacks -- New England’s Tom Brady, Indianapolis’ Peyton Manning, New Orleans’ Drew Brees, Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers, Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger, San Diego’s Philip Rivers and Philadelphia’s Michael Vick. I think Rivers is in a good spot at No. 6. He’s clearly the best quarterback in the NFL without a Super Bowl ring and it was good to see other voters agree. Rivers was fifth on three ballots and sixth on the other five.
Kansas City’s Matt Cassel received one 10th-place vote. I considered Cassel, but I want to see more development before I place him on this impressive list.
All four teams could easily add a receiver. And, of course, there is the case of San Diego holdout Pro Bowl receiver Vincent Jackson.
If the Chargers are going to trade him, it could be before Saturday’s afternoon roster deadline. If he is on San Diego’s roster by Saturday afternoon, he will miss six games. He is facing a three-game NFL suspension to start the season, for two drunken driving arrests, and he will have to miss another three games because he was put on the roster exempt list by San Diego. Thus, he will have more value to teams if he is ready to go in the fourth game, rather than in the seventh. It is plausible, if the Chargers decide to deal him, that Jackson is in his final hours as a Charger.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune added fuel to the fire saying Seattle is trying to clear financial space to trade for Jackson. The Seahawks are the only team -- publicly -- that San Diego has given permission to talk to Jackson about a new deal.
The paper reports that Seattle is trying to clear room by shopping veteran receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh. I think the Raiders could be interested in him; however, the best bet for Oakland’s interest is if Houshmandzadeh is cut. He’d bring a veteran presence to Oakland.
There are reports that indicate Dallas’ Patrick Crayton and Tampa Bay’s Michael Clayton could soon be available as well. Dallas receiver Sam Hurd could also be on the block and Antonio Bryant was cut by the Bengals during the weekend. He is still trying to get is health back.
With all four teams in the division potentially in the market or receiver depth, these names could be of some interest.
Schilens is regarded as Oakland’s best receiver. This is not a devastating blow as long as Schilens is healthy and ready to go for training camp.
Washington coach Mike Shanahan said he expects to find out about Brian Westbrook’s future soon. The veteran running back has visited both the Redskins and the Broncos recently.
Miami can’t be thrilled that the expensive Brandon Marshall era is starting this way. Marshall, 26, was often banged up in Denver and his physical play has obviously worn on him.
Oakland coach Tim Cable seems less sure of a long-term deal for defensive end Richard Seymour than he did at the team’s minicamp a few weeks ago. I'd still expect Seymour to eventually sign with the Raiders, but he has not participated in the team’s offseason sessions.
Denver safety Brian Dawkins is trying to forget the Broncos’ end-of-season collapse.
Guard/center Cory Procter has followed up a visit to Denver with trips to New England and to Miami. Dallas cut him earlier this week. Procter would help Denver’s interior line.
Kansas City receiver Dwayne Bowe dropped some passes in the Chiefs’ OTA on Wednesday. He has had hands issues in the past.
Former Chiefs quarterback Trent Green will be part of the Chiefs’ preseason broadcast team.
Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson
I played along with our quarterbacking ranking feature.
It was an interesting exercise. I learned it's a pretty good league for quarterbacks these days. Some of the players I had ranked low are quality players and are winners.
Here's my list:
1. Peyton Manning, Indianapolis: Manning may be the best quarterback ever to play.
2. Tom Brady, New England: OK, Brady is 1b.
3. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh: Big Ben isn't pretty, but he's a winner.
4. Drew Brees, New Orleans: Brees has had his share of doubters. Not anymore. He's got the goods.
5. Philip Rivers, San Diego: Rivers is a winner. End of story.
6. Carson Palmer, Cincinnati: A good quarterback in a lousy situation.
7. Jay Cutler, Denver: He is not elite yet, but he's on his way.
8. Matt Ryan, Atlanta: What he accomplished as a rookie was astounding.
9. Tony Romo, Dallas: He may need to focus better, but he's a big-league talent.
10. Kurt Warner, Arizona: A future Hall of Famer.
12. Donovan McNabb, Philadelphia: He isn't perfect, but McNabb's a solid player.
13. Matt Hasselbeck, Seattle: Hasselbeck is a gamer.
14. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay: He'll be a Pro Bowler by 2010.
15. Chad Pennington, Miami: A gutsy, hard-nosed player.
16. Matt Cassel, Kansas City: We'll see how he does outside of the Patriots' bubble.
17. Trent Edwards, Buffalo: He has a chance to be very good.
18. Joe Flacco , Baltimore: He has a chance to move up this list quickly.
19. Jason Campbell, Washington: This is a big year for him.
20. Matthew Stafford: Detroit may be wise to take him with the top pick.
21. Matt Schaub, Houston: I expect a big year from him.
22. Mark Sanchez: He has a chance for fast success.
23. Jake Delhomme, Carolina: He's slipping, but he's had a nice career.
24. Kerry Collins, Tennessee: He's finishing his career strong.
25. Jeff Garcia: He still has something left in the tank.
26. Brady Quinn, Cleveland: He will move up this list soon.
27. David Garrard, Jacksonville: He doesn't make many mistakes.
28. Tarvaris Jackson, Minnesota: He's still raw and he needs to improve.
29. Marc Bulger, St. Louis: The end is near.
30. JaMarcus Russell, Oakland: The jury is still out, but he hasn't been impressive yet.
31. Derek Anderson, Cleveland: He needs a fresh start.
32. Kyle Orton, Chicago: He's just so-so.
33. Shaun Hill, San Francisco: Same with this guy.
Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson
The Jay Cutler saga continues to capture the imagination of the country.
News outlets from all over the league continued to cover the fascinating story out of Denver. Of course, the coverage was connected to local teams and whether or not the local teams should pursue Cutler, who has asked to be traded from Denver.
Let's get caught up on the Cutler-centric coverage around the NFL:
New York Jets