AFC West: Kalimba Edwards

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

The deconstruction of Oakland Raiders' disastrous 2008 offseason is underway (again).

When the Raiders shocked the league at midseason by cutting starting cornerback DeAngelo Hall (who signed a $70-million plus deal after being acquired in a deal with Atlanta), there were reports that the purge of newly signed players would continue after the season.

It started Friday when safety Gibril Wilson and defensive end Kalimba Edwards were released. Wilson signed a $30-million plus deal last year and Edwards was signed to a more modest deal. Veteran receiver Ronald Curry was also cut Friday.

In addition to Hall, Wilson and Edwards, more 2008 signees could be washed away. The Raiders shelled out $25 million in salaries and bonuses last year. Now, after a great failure, the Raiders are making headlines by whacking players who were brought in.

Left tackle Kwame Harris, receiver Javon Walker (although he would be a cap hit if released) and defensive tackle Tommy Kelly (who signed a $50-million plus contract to stay in Oakland last year) all could conceivably be cut.

Oakland fans shouldn't let the team off the hook here. They should be furious.

Yes, the Raiders made good by re-signing in-house standouts Nnamdi Asomugha and Shane Lechler to long-term deals this week, the colossal mistakes made last year will continue to hurt the team. Those moves were made to end a five-year downturn. Not only did the signed players do little to help the team in 2008, but the Raiders finished 5-11 to become the first team in NFL history to lose at least 11 games in six straight seasons.

Now, the long recovery begins.

Raiders begin purge

February, 20, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

The bill for Shane Lechler and Nnamdi Asomugha started to arrive in Oakland on Friday as the team cut three players.

Out are receiver Ronald Curry, defensive end Kalimba Edwards and safety Gibril Wilson. Wilson's release was the most surprising.

Wilson was signed to a lucrative deal by the Raiders last year as part of a wild spending spree and was productive last season. He had 129 tackles, which was the ninth most in the league.

Edwards was fairly productive in his first season in Oakland after signing as a free agent from Detroit. He had five sacks. Curry's release was not a surprise. He didn't make an impact on a receiving crew that was desperate for production.

This may be the just the beginning of the purge in Oakland. The Raiders were not in great salary cap shape before this week's blockbuster deals given to Lechler and Asomugha. Lechler signed a four-year deal that will pay him $16 million and make him the highest paid punter in the history of the NFL. Asomugha signed a three-year, $45 million-plus deal that makes him one of the richest players in the league.

These were two important signings for Oakland but the deals were costly for the team. Other players such as left tackle Kwame Harris and receiver Javon Walker could be next. However, cutting Walker would be a big cap hit for Oakland.

Wilson and Edwards could attract interest on the open market now that they are free agents. Wilson will likely attract more immediate interest. It wouldn't be a shock if Denver or San Diego shows interest in him.

Best in the AFC West, by the numbers

December, 3, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Here is a look at the AFC West leaders in a few categories after Week 13:

Passing yards

Jay Cutler, Denver Broncos

  • The numbers: He has thrown for 3,393 yards.
  • What does it mean? Cutler is the leading yardage passer in the AFC and he is making a strong push for the Pro Bowl.

Rushing yards

LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego Chargers

  • The numbers: He has rushed for 794 yards.
  • What does it mean? Tomlinson is still on pace for 1,000 yards despite the fact that he ran for 24 yards last week, which was his second-lowest outing in his eight-season career.

Receptions

Tony Gonzalez, Kansas City Chiefs

  • The numbers: The Chiefs tight end has 73 catches.
  • What does it mean? Another huge game allowed Gonzalez to bypass Denver's Brandon Marshall for the reception lead in the division. Marshall has 72 catches.

Tackles

Kirk Morrison, Oakland Raiders

  • The numbers: The Raiders linebacker has 101 tackles.
  • What does it mean? Morrison is fourth in the NFL and first in the AFC in tackles.

Sacks

Kalimba Edwards, Oakland Raiders

  • The numbers: Edwards has five sacks.
  • What does it mean? The injured Edwards leads a weak division in sacks.

Interceptions

Jarrad Page, Kansas City Chiefs

  • The numbers: The Chiefs safety has three interceptions.
  • What does it mean? The sacks and interceptions are just not piling up in the AFC West.

Raiders, Chargers injury update

December, 2, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Here is an injury report from Oakland and San Diego. The two teams play in San Diego on Thursday:

In Oakland, four players didn't practice. Linebacker Ricky Brown was out with a groin injury as was receiver Ronald Curry. He has an ankle injury. Center Jake Grove was out with a calf injury. All three of those players didn't practice Monday, either. Receiver Ashley Lelie was out Tuesday with a headache. He practiced Monday.

Defensive end Kalimba Edwards, who has a team-high five sacks, was limited in practice both Monday and Tuesday with a hip injury.

In San Diego, four players didn't practice. Safety Clinton Hart didn't practice with a shoulder injury he suffered Sunday against Atlanta. He did practice Monday. Defensive tackle Jamal Williams didn't practice Tuesday but it was not injury related, the team said. Backup linebacker Marques Harris and fullback Mike Tolbert didn't practice Tuesday, either. Tolbert missed the Atlanta game and he was spelled by fellow rookie Jacob Hester.

Chargers, Raiders injury update

December, 1, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Here is an injury update from San Diego and Oakland. The teams play Thursday night in San Diego:

In Oakland, linebacker Ricky Brown continues to be out with a groin injury. Center Jake Grove is dealing with a calf injury. Receiver Ronald Curry did not practice an ankle injury. Guard Cooper Carlisle was limited in practice with an ankle injury. Defensive end Kalimba Edwards has a hip injury. Tight end Zach Miller was also limited. He has a groin injury.

In San Diego, the only player not to practice Monday was guard Kris Dielman. He has the flu. It kept him out of Sunday's loss to Atlanta. The Chargers' offense, especially in the run game, missed Dielman's presence.

Backup linebacker Marques Harris was the only San Diego player limited in practice. He has a hamstring injury.

Chiefs, Raiders injury update

November, 28, 2008
11/28/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Here is a quick evening injury update.

In Kansas City, defensive end Tamba Hali didn't practice Friday and is in danger of not playing Sunday at Oakland. The Kansas City defensive line is a mess going into the game at Oakland. The Chiefs may actually start two players at defensive end, Jason Babin and Wallace Gilberry, who were not on the team just a few weeks ago. And people wonder why Kansas City gave up a franchise-high 54 points at Buffalo last week.

In Oakland, Raiders sack-leader Kalimba Edwards is injured and may not play Sunday against the Chiefs due to a hip injury. He is questionable on the injury report. Tight end Zach Miller is also questionable with a groin injury, but he is expected to play Sunday.

Best in the AFC West, by the numbers

November, 26, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Here is a look at the AFC West leaders in a few categories after Week 12:

Passing yards

Jay Cutler, Denver Broncos
The numbers:
He has thrown for 3,036 yards.
What does it mean?
Cutler is third in the NFL in passing yards behind New Orleans' Drew Brees and Arizona's Kurt Warner.

Rushing yards

LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego Chargers
The numbers:
He has rushed for 770 yards
What does it mean?
Tomlinson is having a subpar season for him but he is still a special player.

Receptions

Brandon Marshall, Broncos
The numbers:
Marshall has 67 catches.
What does it mean?
Marshall will need to continue to be a difference maker as Denver tries to hold on to its lead in the AFC West.

Tackles

Kirk Morrison, Oakland Raiders
The numbers:
The Raiders linebacker has 92 tackles.
What does it mean?
The Raiders defense is better than some think and Morrison is a leader.

Sacks

Kalimba Edwards, Raiders
The numbers:
He has five sacks.
What does it mean?
Edwards leads in a weak year for sacks in the AFC West. Boy, does this division miss Jared Allen and Shawne Merriman.

Interceptions

Jarrad Page, Kansas City Chiefs
The numbers:
He has three interceptions.
What does it mean?
Page is stuck on three and he leads a lackluster group.

Best in the AFC West, by the numbers

November, 12, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Here is a look at the AFC West leaders in a few categories after Week 10:

Passing yards
Jay Cutler, Denver Broncos

The numbers: He has thrown for 2,616 yards.

What does it mean? Cutler is second in the NFL in passing yards behind New Orleans' Drew Brees after his 447-yard performance against Cleveland.

Rushing yards
LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego Chargers

The numbers: He has 629 yards.

What does it mean? Tomlinson expressed concern over the Chargers' running attack earlier this week. The team's running game just isn't where it is supposed to be. Still, Tomlinson leads the division in yardage.

Receptions
Brandon Marshall, Denver Broncos

The numbers: Marshall has 57 catches.

What does it mean? Marshall continues to be one of the most dominant receivers in the NFL.

Tackles
D.J. Williams, Denver Broncos

The numbers: The Broncos' weakside linebacker has 77 tackles.

What does it mean? Williams missed last week and will likely miss three more games with a need injury.

Sacks
Kalimba Edwards, Oakland Raiders

The numbers: Edwards has five sacks.

What does it mean? Edwards has done a nice job while Derrick Burgess has been injured. Burgess may come back this week after missing five games. Once he returns, Burgess and Edwards should make a good team.

Interceptions
Several players have two interceptions. DeAngelo Hall did lead the division with three interceptions but he was released last week and is now with the Redskins.

Best in the AFC West, by the numbers

November, 5, 2008
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Posted by ESPN .com's Bill Williamson

Here is a look at the AFC West leaders in a few categories after Week 9:

Passing yards

Jay Cutler, Denver Broncos
The numbers: He has thrown for 2,169 yards.
What does it mean? Cutler has thrown for 131 more yards than San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers. Cutler is fourth passing yardage in the NFL and Rivers is fifth.

Rushing yards

LaDainian Tomlinson
The numbers: He has 551 yards
What does it mean: Tomlinson hopes for many more yards in the second half. He is close to being completely healthy after dealing with a turf toe injury since Week 1.

Receptions

Brandon Marshall, Denver Broncos
The numbers: Marshall has 51 catches.
What does it mean? Marshall's numbers have slipped some. He was held to a season low two catches against Miami on Sunday.

Tackles

D.J. Williams, Denver Broncos
The numbers: The weakside linebacker has 77 tackles.
What does it mean: Williams is tied for the NFL lead in tackles but he will miss 3-4 weeks with a MCL in his knee. It is a shame because he is having a Pro Bowl season and he is one of the few standouts on Denver's defense.

Sacks

Kalimba Edwards, Oakland Raiders
The numbers: Edwards has five sacks.
What does it mean: Edwards has been one of Oakland's better players. He is a very solid pass rusher.

Interceptions

DeAngelo Hall, Oakland Raiders
The numbers: Hall has three interceptions.
What does it mean: Interception numbers are down and Hall, who may be cut as soon as Wednesday, is clearly the top ball magnet in the division this season.

Best in the AFC West, by the numbers

October, 29, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Here is a look at the AFC West leaders in a few categories after Week 8:

Passing yards
Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers

  • The numbers: He has thrown for 2,038 yards.
  • What does it mean? Rivers has thrown for the third most yards in the NFL this season. He has thrown for 176 yards than Denver's Jay Cutler who has played in one less game than Rivers.

Rushing yards
LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego Chargers

  • The numbers: Tomlinson has 551 rushing yards.
  • What does it mean? Tomlinson's yardage numbers may start to increase now that he seems to be healing from a turf toe. He had his second 100-yard rushing game of the season Sunday against New Orleans.

Receptions
Brandon Marshall, Denver Broncos

  • The numbers: Marshal has 49 catches.
  • What does it mean? Marshall has a big advantage in the division even though he has played in six games during the first eight weeks of the season.

Tackles
D.J. Williams, Denver Broncos

  • The numbers: Williams has 69 tackles.
  • What does it mean? The Broncos' linebacker is third in the NFL in tackles despite Denver having a bye last week.

Sacks
Kalimba Edwards, Oakland Raiders

  • The numbers: Edwards has four sacks.
  • What does it mean? The AFC West misses Shawne Merriman and Jared Allen. Sack numbers are way down.

Interceptions
DeAngelo Hall, Oakland Raiders

  • The numbers: Hall has three interceptions
  • What does it mean? Hall didn't add to his total last week but he still needs in the division interception race.

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

It looks like Oakland defensive end Derrick Burgess will miss his third straight game, Sunday at Baltimore.

Burgess missed all three days of practice this week with a triceps injury and he is listed as doubtful on the injury report. He isn't expected to play at all and will be replaced by veteran Kalimba Edwards and rookie Trevor Scott. Edwards leads the AFC West with four sacks and Scott had two sacks last week in Oakland's overtime win over the Jets.

Backup linebacker Jon Alston is also likely not to play at Baltimore because of a foot injury. He didn't practice all week.

Rookie running back Darren McFadden was limited in practice because of a nagging turf toe and he is listed as questionable. Still, at this point, he is expected to play. Defensive tackle Gerard Warren is listed as questionable with an ankle injury but he is expected to play.

Chargers, Raiders injury updates

October, 23, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Here is some injury information about the Chargers and the Raiders:

In Oakland, defensive end Derrick Burgess missed practice again with a triceps injury. He has missed the past two games and he didn't practice Wednesday. He has been replaced by Kalimba Edwards and Trevor Scott, who sacked Brett Favre twice last Sunday. In addition to Burgess, linebacker Jon Alston missed practice with a foot injury.

Defensive tackle Gerard Warren practice on a limited basis Thursday with an ankle injury. He didn't practice Wednesday. Running back Darren McFadden was limited with a turf toe. He practiced Wednesday. The injury has been bothering him since Week 2.

In San Diego, wide receiver Chris Chambers practiced on a limited basis for the second straight day. He missed the past two games with an ankle injury. Chambers appears on track toward playing Sunday against New Orleans. Cornerback Antonio Cromartie didn't practice with a hip injury. He practiced Wednesday. Backup receiver Buster Davis didn't practice again with a groin injury. He missed the Buffalo game last Sunday.

Linebacker Jyles Tucker practiced on a limited basis with a hamstring injury. Running back LaDainian Tomlinson practiced fully after sitting out Wednesday because of a nagging turf toe injury.

Best in the AFC West, by the numbers

October, 22, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Here is a look at the AFC West leaders in a few categories after Week 7:

Passing yards

Jay Cutler, Denver Broncos

  • The numbers: He has thrown for 1,862 yards.
  • What does it mean? Cutler was limited after injuring his finger on the first play of the game in Denver's lopsided loss at New England on Monday. Still, Cutler is second in the NFL in passing yardage.

Rushing yards

LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego Chargers

  • The numbers: He has rushed for 446 yards.
  • What does it mean? Tomlinson is 13th in the NFL in rushing but second in the AFC behind the Titans' Chris Johnson. Tomlinson's numbers are down this season because of a turf toe he suffered on opening day.

Receptions

Brandon Marshall, Denver Broncos

  • The numbers: Marshall has 49 receptions.
  • What does it mean? Marshall leads the NFL in receptions despite missing one game due to a league suspension.

Tackles

D.J. Williams, Denver Broncos

  • The numbers: Williams has 69 tackles.
  • What does it mean? Williams leads the NFL in tackles. However, it is not helping Denver's porous defense.

Sacks

Kalimba Edwards, Oakland Raiders

  • The numbers: Edwards has four sacks.
  • What does it mean? With Derrick Burgess out, Edwards has given Oakland some much-needed pass rushing juice.

Interceptions

DeAngelo Hall, Oakland Raiders

  • The numbers: Hall has three interceptions.
  • What does it mean? Hall intercepted Brett Favre in the fourth quarter Sunday to break the division lead with San Diego cornerback Antonio Cromartie.

Pre-game tidbits from Oakland

October, 19, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

OAKLAND - Pre-game news and notes:

Oakland defensive end Derrick Burgess is out for the second straight week with a triceps injury. He is Oakland's best pass rusher. Kalimba Edwards is starting for him.

Oakland rookie receiver Chaz Schilens is looking good in pre-game drills. The seventh-round pick is starting his first game. He has replaced the benched Ronald Curry. The Raiders have also benched safety Michael Huff in favor of Hiram Eugene this week. Jets' quarterback Brett Favre looks very sharp in pre-game warm-ups. It is sunny and it is expected to be 65 degrees in Oakland for game time. It is expected to be a late-arriving crowd. There was a power outage near the stadium and traffic and public transportation has been affected, the Raiders announced.

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Here is a look at the AFC West leaders in a few categories after Week 5:

Passing yards

Jay Cutler, Denver Broncos

  • The numbers: He has thrown for 1,502 yards.
  • What does it mean? Cutler is ranked second in the NFL in passing yards. Things could get tough for Cutler this week with receiver Eddie Royal and tight end Tony Scheffler dealing with injuries.

Rushing yards

Larry Johnson, Kansas City Chiefs

  • The numbers: Johnson leads the AFC with 417 yards.
  • What does it mean? Johnson has just 2 yards against Carolina, but he is having a strong season. When the Chiefs return from their bye week, Johnson will continue to be a focal point of the offense.

Receptions

Brandon Marshall, Denver Broncos

  • The numbers: Marshall has 34 catches.
  • What does it mean: Marshall has had a terrific season, but he had just three catches against Tampa Bay on Sunday. He needs to bounce back against Jacksonville on Sunday.

Tackles

D.J. Williams, Denver Broncos

  • The numbers: Williams has 45 tackles which is third in the NFL.
  • What does it mean: Williams is having a fine season. He was a key figure in Denver's defensive bounce-back game against Tampa Bay as he had 11 tackles and a sack.

Sacks

Kalimba Edwards, Oakland Raiders; Shaun Phillips, San Diego Chargers; Jyles Tucker, San Diego Chargers

  • The numbers: Each player has three sacks.
  • What does it mean? Edwards didn't play in Week 5 because Oakland had a bye and Tucker was injured. Phillips had a sack to make it a three-way tie.

Interceptions

Antonio Cromartie, San Diego Chargers; DeAngelo Hall, Oakland Raiders

  • The numbers: Cromartie and Hall each have two interceptions.
  • What does it mean? There was no change from Week 4.

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