AFC West: Gary Russell

AFC West: Free-agency primer

March, 3, 2010
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Denver

Potential unrestricted free agents: P Mitch Berger, S Vernon Fox, T Brandon Gorin, Nick Greisen, G Ben Hamilton, G Russ Hochstein, DE Vonnie Holliday, CB Ty Law, WR Brandon Lloyd

Potential restricted free agents: LB Elvis Dumervil, OL Chris Kuper, WR Brandon Marshall, QB Kyle Orton, TE Tony Scheffler, DT Le Kevin Smith

Franchise player: None.

What to expect: The Broncos’ restricted class is talented. That will be the focus. It has been reported that Marshall, Orton, Dumervil, Scheffler and Kuper will all get one-year tenders. Marshall very well could be traded. It wouldn’t be a shock if Dumervil gets some action on the restricted market. Miami could be interested.

Kansas City

Potential unrestricted free agents: OL Andy Alleman, S Mike Brown, WR Chris Chambers, WR Terrance Copper, TE Sean Ryan, C Wade Smith, LB Mike Vrabel, WR Bobby Wade

Potential restricted free agents: RB Jackie Battle, QB Brodie Croyle, LB Derrick Johnson, LB Corey Mays, OL Ikechuku Ndukwe, OL Rudy Niswanger, OL Ryan O'Callaghan, S Jarrad Page

Franchise player: None.

What to expect: The Chiefs are interested in keeping some of their unrestricted free agents. General manager Scott Pioli said at the combine the team has been in contact with several of their free agents. Chambers is the focus. The team is trying to keep him. Brown and Vrabel could also return with new deals.

Oakland

Potential unrestricted free agents: S Hiram Eugene, G Cornell Green, T Langston Walker, LB Sam Williams

Potential restricted free agents: LB Jon Alston, OL Khalif Barnes, LB Ricky Brown, LB Jon Condo, QB Charlie Frye, QB Bruce Gradkowski, LB Thomas Howard, RB Luke Lawton, OL Chris Morris, LB Kirk Morrison, CB Stanford Routt, RB Gary Russell

Franchise player: DE Richard Seymour.

What to expect: The Raiders franchised Seymour and signed kicker Sebastian Janikowski to a record deal, so they’ve already been busy. It will be interesting to see how they tender Howard and Morrison. The Raiders could use some new life at linebacker and this could be the start of it.

San Diego

Potential unrestricted free agents: DT Alfonso Boone, TE Brandon Manumaleuna, C Dennis Norman, WR Kassim Osgood. T Jon Runyan, DT Ian Scott, TE Kris Wilson

Potential restricted free agents: OL Jeromey Clary, LB Tim Dobbins, WR Malcom Floyd, DT Antonio Garay, OL Eric Ghiaciuc, LB Marques Harris, WR Vincent Jackson, DT Travis Johnson, OL Marcus McNeill, LB Shawne Merriman, RB Darren Sproles, QB Charlie Whitehurst

Franchise player: None

What to expect: The Chargers have their hands full. It’s been reported they will give high tenders to Jackson, Merriman, McNeill and Floyd. Jackson and McNeill could still attract some interest on the restricted market. Sproles is not expected to be tendered, making him a free agent. The Chargers want him back. But if Sproles hits the open market, the multifaceted weapon could be scooped up quickly.

Pregame notes from Oakland

October, 18, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com’s Bill Williamson

OAKLAND -- Oakland receiver Chaz Schilens is inactive. He was a game-time decision. Schilens has been out with a broken foot.
  • Oakland receiver Javon Walker is active. He has played four snaps all season.
  • Gary Russell is starting for Oakland at fullback in place of the injured Luke Lawton.
  • Eagles rookie Jeremy Maclin is starting in front of Kevin Curtis, who is inactive.
  • Oakland coach Tom Cable was jogging around the field about three hours before game time.
  • It is a 63 degrees and cloudy in Oakland
  • The stadium is empty. About 45,000 fans are expected to attend the game in the 61,000-seat Coliseum.

Posted by ESPN.com’s Bill Williamson


It’s no surprise San Diego linebacker Shawne Merriman made a light rebuttal to general manager AJ Smith’s comments that the team is “soft.”

Merriman is outspoken and there is a perception that he and Smith aren’t always on the same page. His comment won’t change that perception. Merriman said he only cares about what his teammates think. If Smith’s words spur his team, nobody will be more pleased than Smith. I get the feeling Smith made the comment to get the attention of his players. It seems like it worked.

Also in the AFC West:
  • It’s no surprise that running back Correll Buckhalter didn’t practice Wednesday. He has a high-ankle sprain and he may end up missing one to two weeks. Denver safety Brian Dawkins didn’t practice because of knee and shoulder injuries. It would be a surprise if he didn’t play against New England on Sunday.
  • The Chargers tried out two punters and two long-snappers just in case there is an emergency down the road.
  • Brandon Marshal talks about his relationship with Denver coach Josh McDaniels in a radio interview.
  • The Chiefs are getting creative in their search for players.
  • The Raiders re-signed running back Gary Russell.
  • Will it be a jinx? The Broncos are on the cover of Sports Illustrated this week.

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