AFC West: David Chao

It appears the Kansas City Chiefs are not going to make a push for fullback Vonta Leach unless the team can come up with some cap room.

The Chiefs only have about $3.5 million in salary-cap room and they must sign No. 1 overall pick Eric Fisher. They are also going to visit with linebacker Desmond Bishop on Thursday.

Never say never on Leach ending up in Kansas City, but some things have to happen. Leach appears to be a luxury the Chiefs currently can’t afford.

In other AFC West news:

The USA Today reports there is more trouble for David Chao, who recently quit as the Chargers’ team physician.

New Denver receiver Wes Welker visited Boston after leaving the Patriots this offseason.
John Dorsey was the scout who helped bring Vonta Leach to the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted free agent in 2004.

So it is natural to think Dorsey, now the general manager of the Kansas City Chiefs, could have some interest in the fullback now that he is a free agent. The Baltimore Ravens cut Leach this week and has now been linked to the Chiefs and Broncos.

Leach's agent, Ralph Vitolo, said he talked to Dorsey this week and has not talked to the Broncos. Vitolo said Dorsey was “non-committal” but said perhaps the team could interest in Leach at some point. The Chiefs have several young fullbacks and I can see Leach getting a look if the Chiefs want a veteran presence the position.

In other AFC West notes:

The Chiefs claimed pass-rusher Austen Lane off waivers after the Jacksonville Jaguars cut him on Thursday. He was a fifth-round pick in 2010 and has 16 starts. He could be a backup outside linebacker in the Chiefs’ 3-4 defense. Defensive tackle Daniel Muir was cut to make room for Lane.

Former Oakland Raiders safety Matt Giordano has signed with the St. Louis Rams. Giordano started 22 games for Oakland over the past two seasons. Giordano was a high-effort player, but he isn’t considered a solid starter and is more of player that adds depth. The Raiders signed Charles Woodson, who is a big upgrade over Giordano.

The San Diego Chargers announced Dr. David Chao has left the team because he wants to spend more time with his family. He was under fire from the NFLPA because of malpractice allegations. He has not implicated after a recent investigation.

A group of Broncos will attend the funeral of the parents of running backs coach Eric Studesville in Madison, Wisconsin. The couple was killed last week in a motorcycle accident in Texas.

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