AFC West: Herana-Daze Jones

Posted by's Bill Williamson

There was a lot going on in Denver and a little going on in San Diego to wrap up a Thursday night.

The Broncos cut three players Thursday: safety Herana-Daze Jones, running back Kestahn Moore and cornerback Rashod Moulton. None of the moves were a surprise.

  • Brandon Marshall pleased the kids of Denver on Thursday, but he was mum on his stalemate with the Broncos. Had Marshall cancelled his clinic because of his fight with the Broncos, he could have further lost public support.
  • Kyle Orton talks in a radio interview about being named Denver's starting quarterback.
  • Don't be surprised if the Broncos defer some of the signing bonus in their rookie contracts. There was a small deferral of the $57,000-plus contract signed by seventh-round pick Blake Schlueter. The deferral is just a way teams can pay some signing bonus money at a later date.
  • The Chargers extended their radio deal.

Back to school

February, 17, 2009

Posted by's Bill Williamson

Several players from the AFC West or who have retired from the AFC West are enrolled in the league's popular NFL business management and entrepreneurial program.

The annual initiative will be held at the Harvard Business School, Kellogg School of Management (Northwestern University), Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. The program began in 2005 and 407 players have taken advantage of it. The programs are run in four-day increments and will run from February through April.

Here are the players participating this year with AFC West ties:

Denver: Safety Herana-Daze Jones, offensive lineman Tyler Polumbus, safety John Lynch, receiver Ed McCaffrey.

Kansas City: Safety Jon McGraw, running back Kolby Smith.

Oakland: Linebacker Ricky Brown, receiver Ashley Lelie, quarterback Andrew Walter.

San Diego: Center Nick Hardwick, tight end Kris Wilson.

AFC West news and notes

December, 17, 2008

Posted by's Bill Williamson

Because of injuries to receivers Ronald Curry and Ashley Lelie, tailback Darren McFadden could get more action Sunday against Houston.

With all due respect to Curry and Lelie, McFadden needs to get on the field. There are just two more games to this season and the No. 4 overall pick has been horribly underused. Oakland needs to see what it has in McFadden and this is a chance for him to get some more playing time.

The Broncos made some moves Wednesday. They signed safety Herana-Daze Jones a week after he was released. They put running back Cory Boyd on the practice squad. He was cut Monday. To make room for Boyd, running back Steve Baylark was released from the practice squad.

The Broncos and the Chargers will likely be facing their opponents' top quarterback in their crucial games Sunday. Trent Edwards is set to play in Denver for Buffalo. And it appears Jeff Garcia will be healthy enough to play for Tampa Bay when it hosts San Diego on Sunday.

The Chiefs appear like they will return to Missouri for training camp in 2010. The team has been training in River Falls, Wis., for nearly two decades. It is expected that next year will be the team's final summer in River Falls.

Putzier returns to Denver

December, 10, 2008

Posted by's Bill Williamson

The Broncos brought back tight end Jeb Putzier on Wednesday. Putzier was a sixth-round draft choice of Denver's in 2002. He was cut after the 2005 season in a salary-cap move. Putzier had 96 catches in 17 starts for Denver.

He is known as a soft-handed receiver who will backup pass-catching tight end Tony Scheffler, who has battled injury issues the past two seasons. With Denver's running game strapped by injuries, the team will likely pass more and the team will need more receivers.

To make room for Putzier, Denver waived Herana-Daze Jones. The safety was signed last week.

Denver also signed running back Steve Baylark to the practice squad. The former University of Massachusetts standout was on Arizona's practice squad last season. He was cut by the Cardinals at the end of the preseason. Denver has a very thin running back crew and Baylark will be closely looked at during practices.

Broncos add a safety

December, 3, 2008

Posted by's Bill Williamson

The Broncos signed safety Herana-Daze Jones on Wednesday. To make room for Jones, defensive tackle Josh Shaw was put on the injured reserve.

Jones is in his fourth season. He played three games with Cincinnati this season. He was waived by the Bengals on Nov. 4. He signed with the Bengals in 2005 from Indiana. He has played in 28 games and he was a special teams ace for the Bengals the past two years. He had a combined 37 tackles on special teams the past two seasons.

He will fill a special teams and backup safety role for Denver.