AFC West: Duke Preston

Posted by's Bill Williamson

DANA POINT, Calif. -- It is being reported that Kansas City will visit with Wake Forest linebacker Aaron Curry.

The Chiefs have the No. 3 pick and Curry is expected to be the first defensive player off the board. The Chiefs' primary needs are on defense. Kansas City's interest in Curry is no surprise. If he is on the board and the team doesn't want to trade down, he could be the likely selection.

The word around the lobby at the NFL owners' meeting was that the West Coast teams aren't overly thrilled with the fact that East Coast teams are getting a break coming out West. Some West Coast representatives argued that their teams are at a disadvantage because they have to travel to the East Coast and often play in games that start at 10 a.m. Pacific.

Still, don't expect any change. The NFL feels restricted enough in its scheduling and to schedule every game of a West Cost team playing on the East Cost for a 1 p.m. Pacific start is not going to happen.

With their acquisition of Miami center Samson Satele, the Raiders are no longer pursuing Buffalo center Duke Preston.

There will be some history made when Oakland and Denver play on Thanksgiving. The Raiders haven't played on Thanksgiving in 39 years and Denver hasn't hosted a Turkey Day game in 46 years.

AFC West news and notes

March, 12, 2009

Posted by's Bill Williamson

• Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson said he did think about his life after the Chargers as insurance if he had not re-done his contract, which he did Tuesday. Tomlinson said he thought he'd fit in with New Orleans, Baltimore and (gasp) Denver.

Could you imagine LT playing for the Broncos? The sky would fall in San Diego. With Denver signing three veteran tailbacks already, the Broncos likely wouldn't have had a need for Tomlinson.

Had Tomlinson hit the open market, the likely landing spot would have been the Saints. They have a need and the presence of Tomlinson's former teammate and good friend Drew Brees would likely have made that a workable pairing.

• The Raiders are still considering Buffalo center Duke Preston. A final resolution could come within the next few days.

• Former Chiefs coach Herm Edwards discusses his situation in a radio interview.

• The St. Paul Pioneer Press says the Vikings are happy with their quarterback situation and will not pursue Denver quarterback Jay Cutler if Denver makes him available again.

• Raiders running back Darren McFadden says he's healthy and raring to go after a recent surgery.

• Two San Diego radio personalities are off the air after making comments about Tomlinson returning to the Chargers.

AFC West news and notes

March, 9, 2009
Posted by's Bill Williamson

The Chargers' running back situation remained the hot topic in the AFC West as Monday wore on.

ESPN's John Clayton reported that the contract talks between the team and running back LaDainian Tomlinson have been amicable and there is no team-imposed deadline to get a deal done. While both sides would like a resolution soon there is no deadline.

Still, if Tomlinson and the team don't come to an agreement on a new contract, he will likely be cut.

Meanwhile, the San Diego Union Tribune reports that reserve running back and return man Darren Sproles hasn't signed his franchise tag tender yet and he could conceivably miss a portion of the offseason before he signs it or until he signs an extension.

While Sproles could conceivably miss time there is virtually no way he will miss any time during the regular season because there is no way he will forego $6.62 million in 2009 salary.

Meanwhile, San Diego assistant coach and former Chargers receiver Charlie Joiner received a new bronze bust for his Pro Football Hall of Fame induction. His previous bust was destroyed in a fire two years ago.

While tackle Khalif Barnes is moving on with his visits, the word around the league is that Oakland is still in play for Buffalo center Duke Preston.

Posted by's Bill Williamson

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports San Diego running back LaDainian Tomlinson said Wednesday night that he is optimistic that he and the Chargers will come to an agreement on a restructured contract.

Still, Tomlinson said he realizes the NFL is a business. It seems that Tomlinson is preparing himself for whatever happens. But he remains hopeful to stay in San Diego. The two sides have been trying to come to an agreement for several days.

Meanwhile, Oakland is still pursuing Buffalo center Duke Preston.

The Oakland Tribune has a transcript of Oakland coach Tom Cable's press briefing today regarding linebacker Marquis Cooper, who is missing at sea.

The Raiders are visiting with Khalif Barnes, an athletic tackle who the team has been considering signing for days. There could be movement on the Barnes front in Oakland on Thursday. The team is concentrating on Barnes and not Pittsburgh's Marvel Smith at this point.

The Raiders and Chargers are both vying for the services of Dallas linebacker Kevin Burnett, who could make a decision on where he'll play at any time.

Even though Seattle receiver Bobby Engram departed Kansas City without a contract, the two sides could still make a deal.

AFC West news and notes

March, 3, 2009

Posted by's Bill Williamson

With the Broncos trying to mend fences with starting quarterback Jay Cutler, the team is reportedly going to visit with Titans quarterback Chris Simms.

Simms would be brought in as Cutler's backup. The team is not going to re-sign Patrick Ramsey, who was Cutler's backup the past two years. New Denver coach Josh McDaniels must feel that Simms fits his system well.

The word out of San Diego is that the Chargers and the agents for LaDainian Tomlinson are still chugging away at a restructured contract that would keep Tomlinson in town but there is no timetable for a decision.

The Raiders re-signed guard Cooper Carlisle and tight end Tony Stewart. Re-signing Carlisle was big for Oakland. Many thought Carlisle was the team's best lineman last season and he was being courted by other teams. Oakland is looking at several other linemen as well, including Buffalo's Duke Preston.

The Kansas City Star reports receiver Bobby Engram has left his visit with the Chiefs without a contract and that the team is looking at linebacker Clark Haggans. The linebacker would be a nice addition for the team that needs a ton of defensive help.

Defensive tackle Grady Jackson is close to joining Detroit. Denver had an interest in him.

Buffalo has agreed to terms with cornerback Drayton Florence. San Diego was considering signing him.

Former Broncos running back Ron Dayne is looking for a job after mending from an injury last year.