AFC West: Flozell Adams

When he was taken in the third round in 2008, the Kansas City Chiefs had high hopes for tight end Brad Cottam.

But the blocking tight end never truly established himself in his first two seasons and he likely won’t play in his third. The Chiefs put him on the reserve/physically unable-to-perform list, which likely ends his season. He broke his neck in Week 15 during a game against Cleveland. Cottam didn’t practice in the offseason program. The Chiefs’ top tight ends now are Leonard Pope and rookie Tony Moeaki, who the coaching staff has high hopes for.

Meanwhile, ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that the Chiefs and No. 5 overall pick Eric Berry may be closing in on a deal.

Oakland receiver Chaz Schilens left the afternoon practice and did not return. He was seen walking into the team’s field house several minutes later and he didn’t have an apparent limp or any other issue. The team said they had no word on Schilens’ status. He missed eight games last year with a broken foot and had offseason surgery.

Former Dallas tackle Flozell Adams signed with Pittsburgh. He previously visited Denver, but the Broncos never pursued him any further. The Broncos were looking at Adams as a potential issuance policy for Ryan Clady, who is recovering from a knee injury and who may miss some time at the start of the season.

Evening AFC West notes

June, 29, 2010
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Second-year Oakland receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey reasons why the Raiders are better without the released JaMarcus Russell. Even guys who worked with Russell for just one year figured out that he needed to go. Wow.
  • The Football Outsiders believe it is risky for San Diego to rely too much on rookie running back Ryan Mathews. Still, that’s exactly what the Chargers plan to do.
  • Former Dallas left tackle Flozell Adams is visiting Pittsburgh. He visited Denver last month. If Denver really wants Adams, it will likely go after him before the Steelers can grab him. That appears unlikely.

You pick it responses

June, 4, 2010
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The AFC West story of the week is the Oakland Raiders' grievance against former quarterback JaMarcus Russell. The Raiders are trying to retrieve more than $9 million from Russell, who was cut last month three years after being the No. 1 pick in the 2007 draft.

The other candidates were Denver visiting with former Dallas standout left tackle Flozell Adams and Denver rookie quarterback Tim Tebow being promoted to the third string.

I agree with the readers that the Russell story is the tale of the week. It is another unusual move by an unusual organization. The Tebow story will become bigger later and the Adams’ story is a wait-and-see deal.

Below are some of your responses. Thanks to everyone who participated:

Bulldog from Arlington Heights, Ill., : I, personally, think it is a joke that the Raiders are trying to re-coup money from JaMarcus Russell, I mean, here is a team that still owes two previous head coaches money, and now when they give up on a draft bust, they want money back...THAT'S JUST NOT RIGHT!

Gabriel M. from Kansas City, Kan.,: It has to be the Oakland Raiders trying to get money back from the worst Quarterback of all time. If the Raiders are trying to get money back from JaMacrus Russell that just lets you know that he really was an Epic Failure. Raiders did not try to get money back from Javon Walker. As a Raiders fan,I want my ticket money for the past 3 years! Good luck Al Davis.

Nick from Reno, Nev.,: None of the story lines this week are stand outs. Adams visits Denver is expected with the their injury issues. Tebow moves to #3, also expected for a first rounder to be moving up on his teams depth chart (especially from 4 to 3) I suppose the Raiders seeking money from Russell is the best of the worst. Only because it's surprising, but then again, is anything surprising when it comes to Al Davis? It certainly added some humor to my week.

Jacob Friesenhahn from Eindhoven, The Netherlands: Flozell Adams is the best of the three stories. I was wondering if the Chiefs have a chance in picking up Adams or not? If not I think that they need help at that position, so is there any chance of them getting a Tackle before the start of the season?

Daylon from Wyoming: The Adams and Tebow stuff are neat an all, but the Raiders acutally thinking they can get guaranteed money back? That takes the cake. I guess its turn about fair play as Al has stiffed Shanahan and Kiffin before.

Raider Hater from Kansas City, Kansas: Being a lifelong Chiefs fan, it is fun wathcing the Raiders shoot themselves in the foot. The ultimate draft bust is both Russell and the Raiders fault. Now they are trying to recoup money. This shows how far the franchise has fallen. They have also fired coaches and not paid them. Al Davis can't take responsibility for his decisions which is why the franchise has fallen and it can't get up.
The candidates are:

Adams visits Denver: The Broncos brought in former Dallas standout left tackle Flozell Adams for a visit. The Broncos need depth at the position because of injury issues.

Raiders pursue money from Russell: The Raiders have filed a grievance against former quarterback JaMarcus Russell to retrieve more than $9 million from him.

Tebow moves up the ladder: Training camp has not even started and Denver has already promoted Tim Tebow to No. 3 quarterback ahead of Tom Brandstater.

Pick your choice for the story of the week and hit my mailbag with your thoughts. I will post some of your responses later in the week.

The week that was

May, 31, 2010
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Let’s catch up on some of the top headlines in the AFC West while I was away for the week: My take: This grievance seems flimsy. It doesn’t look like the Raiders have much of a case here. The Raiders should just cut their losses with this enormous bust and move on. This grievance doesn’t solve anything. My take: Tebow is on the fast track. The Broncos want him to get as many repetitions as possible. Tebow was drafted to play, so he’ll move up the ladder quickly. As for Brandstater, the sixth-round pick in 2009 looks like he may be headed to the practice squad. My take: It wouldn’t be a surprise if Ellison, who started the final nine games last season, is eventually cut. My take: Denver tackles Ryan Clady (knee) and Ryan Harris (foot) are banged up, so bringing in Adams wouldn’t be the worst idea in the world. He’d be nice insurance.

AFC West notes: Denver's risky drafting

May, 30, 2010
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Denver Broncos

The Denver Post's Jeff Legwold takes a closer look at the injury histories of the Broncos draftees.

Former Dallas Cowboys lineman Flozell Adams has reportedly visited with the Broncos. Adams is 35 and one of the most penalized linemen in the league -- but the Broncos have three starters on the offensive line who are returning from surgery.

If you're looking to watch some football this summer, here are some dates the Broncos will be open to the public.

Kansas City Chiefs

In a video on KansasCity.com, Chiefs coach Todd Haley talks about the influence Charlie Weis has had on quarterback Matt Cassel already.

Oakland Raiders

Oakland Tribune columnist Carl Steward asks, "If Al Davis can take back $9.55M from JaMarcus Russell, why not others?"

The Buffalo News' Allen Wilson continues to fuel the belief the most logical landing spot for free-agent wide receiver Terrell Owens is Oakland.

San Diego Chargers

San Diego Union-Tribune columnist Nick Canepa looks at the quest of wide receiver Gary Banks to get off the practice squad.

North County Times beat reporter Scott Bair has a Q&A with Chargers cornerback Antoine Cason.
The Broncos will likely get back All-Pro left tackle Ryan Clady for the season opener Sept. 12 against Jacksonville.

He suffered a 50-percent torn patella tendon in his knee while playing basketball during the weekend. He had surgery Tuesday and said his timetable to return is three months. The team hopes for his return in four.

However, ESPN medical analyst Stephania Bell said there is a chance that Clady will not be 100 percent healthy in four months.

If that’s the case, and Clady is a few weeks behind schedule, here are Denver’s options at left tackle.

Tyler Polumbus: He replaced right tackle Ryan Harris when he suffered a toe injury. Polumbus struggled at times and there’s no reason to believe he’d be stout at left tackle.

Zane Beadles: The second-round pick played tackle the past three years at Utah. The Broncos like him as a guard as well. It will be a tall task to ask him to replace Clady in his first NFL game.

Ryan Harris: He could move for right tackle in the short term and Denver could use Polumbus at right tackle if Clady was out for a short period.

Flozell Adams: He is the best available left tackle on the market. Denver could pursue him as insurance.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting Denver All-Pro left tackle Ryan Clady suffered a patella tendon injury in his knee while playing basketball.

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The Denver Post reported Clady had surgery Tuesday and that the tendon was "only 50-percent torn."

Schefter is reporting that Clady is telling people he will be out three months. If Clady is out for just three months that means both he and Denver have dodged a bullet. Patella tendons that are completely torn usually take six to nine months to heal, ESPN’s Stephania Bell said Wednesday.

The left tackle is arguably Denver’s best player. Using Clady’s timeline, he should be ready to come back before the start of the regular season. Denver opens the regular season Sept. 12 at Jacksonville.

If Denver pursues former Dallas left tackle Flozell Adams, the best available tackle in a free-agent weak class, that would mean the team could be concerned about Clady's ability to be ready for the regular season. At this point, that may be unnecessary.

Still, I’m sure Denver coach Josh McDaniels will let Clady know that he is displeased with his star player hitting the hard court during the offseason.

This could have been a disastrous blow for Denver had the injury been more serious. Denver’s offense is going to be challenged enough in 2010. It can’t afford playing without Clady, who became an instant star after Denver took him at No. 12 in the 2008 draft.

UPDATE: Bell said the four-month return timeline may be optimistic. Bell said that Clady still may not be 100 percent healed when he returns.
A small veteran free agency class got somewhat better Friday when the Dallas Cowboys released two starters.

The Cowboys jettisoned left tackle Flozell Adams and safety Ken Hamlin. Adams is 34 and on the decline and Hamlin was average last year.

The Raiders have a need at left tackle. Oakland is expected to seriously consider using the No. 8 overall pick on a left tackle. However, Al Davis is always intrigued by veteran players from good organizations.

I wouldn’t be shocked if Oakland considered Adams and went another route in the first round. I’m not sure if that would be a great idea. Oakland needs to fix the left tackle position for the long term and Adams is not the answer.

Kansas City, San Diego and Oakland could all be in the market for a safety. The Chiefs have the biggest need at the position. If he came cheaply, Hamlin wouldn’t be a terrible move for the Chiefs even if they took Tennessee’s Eric Berry with the No. 5 pick.

I’m not saying Adams and Hamlin are headed to the AFC West, but there are some decent fits.

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