AFC West: Keith Kidd

The Denver Broncos are adding an interesting name in the front office.

The NFL Network is reporting the Broncos are adding former Philadelphia and Cleveland executive Tom Heckert to the front office, the team did not renew the contract of personnel man Keith Kidd. Heckert will likely fill Kidd's role.

Heckert will not have a position of major power in Denver with John Elway leading the football operations and Matt Russell also playing a key role.

But Heckert does give the Broncos value because of his experience as a decision maker. He was a longtime successful personnel man in Philadelphia and he spent the past three years as the general manager in Cleveland. reports that the Kansas City Chiefs have interest in signing left tackle Branden Albert to a new deal now that trade talks with the Miami Dolphins have died.

I am sure Albert would be interested in a long-term contract, but the Chiefs need to figure out if they are comfortable with No. 1 overall pick Eric Fisher playing right tackle for the long term. He is expected to play there during Albert’s free-agent year, then return to left tackle, where he played in college. Albert has made it clear he does not want to play right tackle.

If the Chiefs eventually want Fisher to play left tackle, it could make it difficult to re-sign Albert. What does it all mean? Everything is still on the table. This news doesn’t change much.

In other AFC West notes:

The Raiders are no longer interested in free-agent quarterback Vince Young, notes. That became obvious when Oakland drafted Arkansas’ Tyler Wilson in the fourth round. Young recently worked out the Raiders.

The Broncos are not renewing the contract of director of pro personnel Keith Kidd. He was a holdover of the Josh McDaniels era and didn’t have a ton of power.

San Diego general manager Tom Telesco held a conference call with several season-ticket holders Wednesday.

AFC West news and notes

February, 22, 2009

Posted by's Bill Williamson

• The Denver Post is reporting that the Denver Broncos have hired ESPN's Scouts Inc. scout and columnist Keith Kidd as their new pro scouting director.

Kidd worked with new Denver coach Josh McDaniels in New England in the early part of the decade. The Broncos are reconstructing their front office in the wake of the Mike Shanahan firing at the end of the 2008 season.

Kidd will join McDaniels and new general manager Brian Xanders as Denver tries to move on in a new direction. Both McDaniels and Xanders will report directly to Denver owner Pat Bowlen. Kidd will work under Xanders in the personnel department. The Broncos will likely add to the front office later in the year.

Kidd also worked for Arizona and Cleveland in his 14-year NFL season. Kidd is known for being a thorough scout with a zest to break down players' abilities.

• There is continued speculation that Oakland will cut receiver Javon Walker in the coming days, continuing the team's purge of 2008 acquisitions. Many folks have a difficult time believing Oakland will cut Walker (who was signed to a six-year, $55 million deal) because it would take a huge cap hit. Still, there are some who are close to Walker who would not be shocked if Walker is cut.

It would be a huge hit for Oakland but many believe the team wants to move on from Walker, who suffered season-affecting injuries in three of the past four seasons. Walker had 15 catches for Oakland before an ankle injury ended his 2008 season.

• The scuttlebutt out of the combine is that the Chargers will be studying available offensive guards and perhaps right tackles in the early rounds of the draft.