AFC West: Justin Smiley

AFC West notes

August, 10, 2011
Let’s catch up on his AFC West notes after traveling from the Chargers’ training camp:

The San Diego Union Tribune is reporting that Chargers left tackle Marcus McNeill had bone spurs removed from his knee. It is his second minor knee surgery this year, McNeill is supposed to miss two weeks. He should be ready for the start of the regular season.

The Broncos have some concern over Pro Bowl receiver Brandon Lloyd’s knee and the team will be cautious about it moving forward. Meanwhile, the Denver Post reports Tim Tebow will be the second quarterback in and Brady Quinn will play with the third stringers Thursday at Dallas.

Denver veteran leader Brian Dawkins made a substantial financial sacrifice to remain with the team. In a radio interview, Dawkins talks about why he wanted to stay in Denver.

Former Kansas City center Rudy Niswanger signed with Detroit. The Chiefs did not pursue him. Newly signed Oakland offensive lineman Justin Smiley has retired. He didn’t have a strong chance to make the team.

Denver news and notes

March, 22, 2010
The Denver Post considers whether the Broncos will lower their asking price of a first-round pick for restricted free agent Brandon Marshall. The report suggests perhaps Denver will take Seattle’s second-round pick and fourth-round pick.

Seattle would probably do that deal in a heartbeat. But would Denver? The Broncos have maintained that they want a first-round pick for Marshall. So far, Seattle is the only team to show real interest.

ESPN’s AFC East blogger Tim Graham reports there's no truth behind the Jets’ reported interest in Marshall.

Denver owner Pat Bowlen told the Denver Post that he is pleased with the team’s offseason and that Kyle Orton is still the team’s starting quarterback despite the acquisition of Brady Quinn. Quinn will have a chance to beat out Orton, but he has a long way to go at this point.

There is a report that Miami is shopping guard Justin Smiley. Denver could use a guard and the 310-pound Smiley could fit the bill. is reporting Denver has shown some interest in free-agent center Kevin Mawae. The Broncos desperately need a center and there are few available, so Mawae could be a fit.