AFC West: Danny Southwick

Around the AFC West

May, 13, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Denver

A comparison of John Elway's retirement and Brett Favre's retirement.

My take: Elway went out on top. He won the Super Bowl in his final two seasons and he won the Super Bowl MVP award in his final game. Even though he admitted he was breaking down at the time of his retirement, Elway could have muddled through another year or two. Why, though? He went out on the absolute top and he will always be remembered for that. There is no greater way to depart from the game for a legend.

Kansas City

The Chiefs are hoping to bolster their special teams.

My take: That was a clear theme of Kansas City's draft. Quinten Lawrence, Ryan Succop and Donald Washington were all brought in to help on the special teams. There's nothing wrong with this. But the Chiefs also have major needs on defense and offense. An upgraded special teams will only go so far if the offense and defense still need repairs in Kansas City.

Oakland

The Raiders have added another quarterback.

My take: The team's signing of Danny Southwick doesn't mean much. He is the fifth quarterback and will likely be a camp arm. The more interesting quarterback to watch will be former starter Andrew Walter. He has fallen out of favor in Oakland after not working out with the team this offseason. He didn't do much at all during last weekend's minicamp. Perhaps Oakland will try to deal him for a late-round pick.

San Diego

A look at Malcom Floyd's situation.

My take: Floyd, a restricted free agent, should join the team. The reserve receiver is being paid well. Really, he has no other choice but to join the team. He is not the first restricted free agent and he isn't being treated unfairly.

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