AFC West: Gabe Miller

High praise for Ryan Clady

September, 7, 2012
This column from colleague Jeffri Chadiha proclaims Denver left tackle Ryan Clady as the No. 4 most indispensable players in the NFL. He is the only AFC West player on the list. I can hear your cackles from here.

I’m sure you have a lot to say. The extremely high ranking is a bit curious, since Clady’s sack numbers have soared. Still, he is a fine player who protects Peyton Manning's blind side. So, there is no doubt he is valuable and important to Denver’s success. Disagree? Have at it in the comment section below. But first, some other AFC West notes:
  • The Raiders worked out several tight ends this week: Gabe Miller, Fendi Onobun, Zack Pianalto and Mickey Shuler. None are impact players and the team was likely simply just doing their due diligence.
  • Receiver Derek Carrier had a workout with the Eagles. He was a highly touted undrafted free agent who signed with the Raiders. He was cut last Friday.
  • Former Oakland cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke is reportedly set to sign with Pittsburgh. The 2011 third-round pick was cut by the Raiders earlier this week and he went unclaimed. The Steelers play at Denver on Sunday and at Oakland in Week 3. I’d doubt Van Dyke would be active Sunday if signed.
  • There is one fewer Manning jersey in Colorado these days.
The San Diego Union Tribune reports San Diego running back Darren Sproles will soon decide between playing for the Chargers, Saints and Eagles. I don’t think the Chargers are going to offer the moon, so Sproles is probably looking at a smaller deal than expected. The Chargers could use him, but I think the team is also OK if he leaves.

Meanwhile, ESPN’s Adam Schefter said San Diego receiver Malcom Floyd may be the next receiver to go off the board after Santonio Holmes and Sidney Rice have agreed to big-dollar deals. Schefter reports Minnesota, among other teams, may make a run at Floyd. The Chargers likely will not match a huge deal for Floyd.

The Chiefs just announced they signed six draft picks. They are: Allen Bailey, Jalil Brown, Ricky Stanzi, Gabe Miller, Jerrell Powe and Shane Bannon. UPDATE: Agent Joe Linta just told me second-round pick Rodney Hudson has agreed to terms with the Chiefs.

Here is another connection between defensive tackle Aubrayo Franklin and the Chiefs. It would be a great fit.

The Saints have agreed to re-sign left tackle Jermon Bushrod. He had been connected to Kansas City.

Denver signed second-round pick Rahim Moore and now have signed its top three picks.

The Lions have some interest in San Diego inside linebacker Brandon Siler.

The Bears will release tight end Brandon Manumaleuna. The Chargers liked him when he was there. If he could come cheaply, I could see him coming back to San Diego. The Chargers missed him.

Guess we can forget that Chad Ochocinco-Hue Jackson reunion. The receiver is headed to the Patriots. Jackson coached Ochocinco in Cincinnati and the two remain close. Just a thought, but maybe the idea of New England getting another receiver will make the Jets ramp up their effort to sign Nnamdi Asomugha.

The Broncos have their eyes on one of John Fox’s former players to fill a key need.

UPDATE: The Bengals agreed to terms with former Oakland starting linebacker Thomas Howard. He was a backup last year and he was not in Oakland’s plans.