AFC West: Darren Sharper
- Denver running back Jeremiah Johnson was cut. He was promoted from the practice squad last week and will likely be headed back there. The Broncos did add tight end John Nalbone to the practice squad. He finished last year there.
- The Broncos visited with veteran safety Darren Sharper on Tuesday. He was not signed. If Denver feels the need for a safety later in the season, he could be an option. He played for Denver defensive coordinator Dennis Allen while they were with the Saints.
- The Chargers need to sell 4,600 seats to Sunday’s game against Kansas City to avoid a local television blackout. The Chiefs’ terrible start isn’t helping ticket sales, I’m sure.
- Chiefs’ star safety Eric Berry will have surgery to repair his torn ACL in his knee this week. He suffered the season-ending injury in Week 1.
The name is bigger than the event, folks.
The fact that the Broncos are working out Sharper, 36, and not simply signing him shows there are reservations. Denver defensive coordinator Dennis Allen was Sharper’s secondary coach in New Orleans.
There are doubts around the NFL about how much Sharper has left in the tank. The Broncos already have Brian Dawkins, 37, at safety. Do they really need another elder statesmen back there? The Broncos need help on the defensive front much more than at safety.
The San Diego Union-Tribune writes that we should expect Mike Tolbert to carry the ball more than Ryan Mathews for now. My take? The Chargers are in a good situation and will use both players when they feel it’s necessary. This is not a bad thing.
Oakland kicker Sebastian Janikowski was charged in an incidentthat occurred more than a year ago.
I’m sure Sharper is not alone. I bet there are several veterans around the league who could call it a career if the 2011 season is scrapped. It would be very difficult for some veterans to sit out a year and then try to gear back up in 2012.
Here is a look at some of the veterans in the AFC West who potentially may have played their final NFL game if there isn’t a season this fall:
David Binn, long snapper, San Diego: Binn is 39 and was lost in the season opener last year with a nasty hamstring injury. If Binn were to miss virtually two straight seasons, it could be tough for him to come back at the age of 40. Still, he has long best one of the best long snappers in the business and he has always kept himself in good shape.
Brian Dawkins, safety, Denver: Dawkins will be 38 and I think the Broncos are interested in having him for one more season, likely at a reduced rate. If this season is lost, Denver may not be interested in Dawkins in 2012. Yet, he keeps himself in supreme shape and if Dawkins wants to play in 2012, he could get a chance to play somewhere.
Mike Vrabel, linebacker, Kansas City: Vrabel is 35 and the Chiefs have not committed to bringing him back. Still, I could see Kansas City wanting Vrabel for one more season in 2011 if he wants to play. I could see Vrabel -- who is heavily involved in the NFLPA -- deciding to retire if there is no football this season.
Casey Wiegmann, center, Kansas City: Wiegmann is still deciding whether he wants to play in 2011 or not. The general consensus is that Wiegmann, who’ll turn 38 in July, will decide to play in 2011 because he may be refreshed by an extended offseason. The Chiefs want him back. Yet, a lost season could keep Wiegmann at home for good.
- The Raiders made sure Richard Seymour isn’t going anywhere by putting the exclusive franchise tag on him.
- The Lions may consider pursuing recently released San Diego tailback LaDainian Tomlinson. However, Tomlinson has said he wants to play for a contender, so the Lions may not qualify.
- The San Diego Union Tribune believes Jamal Williams days in San Diego are numbered. He is due a bonus next week.
- ESPN.com’s rumor page thinks the Chiefs could make a run at New Orleans safety Darren Sharper. The Chiefs definitely have a need at the position, but I’m not sure spending the money on Sharper would be worth it. The Chiefs could get help in other areas.
- The Chiefs have hired former Cleveland contract negotiator Trip MacCracken. He will be the Chiefs’ director of football administration. He will work with general manager Scott Pioli in the administrative side. The team also hired Mike Clark as strength and conditioning coach. He was previously with Seattle.