AFC West: Langston Walker

AFC West notes

August, 10, 2011
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ESPN’s John Clayton is reporting that Oakland's interest in free-agent Langston Walker is picking up. The Raiders have a need at the position and they’ve aggressively pursued re-signing many of their players, so if Walker leaves, the team likely won’t fret.
  • The man who coached basketball-players-turned-NFL tight ends Antonio Gates and Julius Thomas warns that folks should not compare the two quite yet. Thomas has been a star at Denver’s camp despite playing just one year of college football.
  • The television blackout has been lifted in San Diego for Thursday’s preseason opener against Seattle. The game will be telecast on ESPN.
  • With eight days remaining until the supplemental draft, former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor has not been added to the draft. He has often been connected as a possible fit with Oakland if he is eligible.
  • The Raiders released their unofficial depth chart. Interestingly, Darrius Heyward-Bey and Jacoby Ford were listed as the starting receivers. Ford is out with a broken hand. He is expected to be ready for the season opener Sept. 12 at Denver. Heyward-Bey has just started practicing after sitting out several days with an unannounced injury. My thoughts? These type of preseason depth charts mean very little. Lots can and will happen.
  • The NFL in Los Angeles has taken a step closer to becoming reality. San Diego and Oakland have been reportedly connected to the city.
  • Kansas City star pass-rusher Tamba Hali is thankful to the Chiefs for his renew, $60 million contract. The Chiefs will be thankful to him if he leads the AFC in sacks again. He had 14.5 sacks last season.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the New York Jets are still heavily pursuing Oakland free-agent cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha despite just spending big dollars to keep receiver Santonio Holmes.

The Jets emerged as a serious pursuer of Asomugha on Tuesday. NFL.com is reporting that the Jets and Asomugha talks are “serious.”

Expect much more on Asomugha’s talks as Wednesday develops. Schefter also named Houston, Baltimore and Dallas as among the teams that are trying to secure Asomugha. Tampa Bay may be careful in its pursuit.

Meanwhile, the Raiders have kept one of their own. Schefter reported Oakland re-signed long-snapper Jon Condo. He is a reliable snapper who is part of a strong special-teams unit. It was a terrific re-sign.

ESPN’s John Clayton reports the Chiefs re-signed safety Jon McGraw to a one-year deal. He is a role player and a fine leader. With linebacker Mike Vrabel retiring, McGraw’s leadership will be needed in Kansas City.

Defensive tackle Ron Edwards left the Chiefs for a three-year deal with Carolina. The Chiefs weren’t overly excited about keeping Edwards and they are looking for an upgrade.

Raiders tackle Langston Walker said he is talking to the Raiders about returning. Yet, the Raiders are pursuing Baltimore’s Jared Gaither, who’d be a major upgrade.

We’ve seen lists from San Diego and Oakland, but here is a list of the undrafted free agents signed by all 32 teams.

Expect talks with San Diego safety Eric Weddle to heat up today. He has a lot of interest, but I think he’d like to return to the Chargers. San Diego agreed to terms with three players Tuesday, but Weddle remains a priority.
There is still a long way to go before a new labor agreement is reached. But there appears to be progress between the owners and players.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted that the expectation is that any player with 4-6 years of experience with an expiring contract would become an unrestricted free agent. There are some interesting names in the AFC West that would be affected. ESPN Stats & Information prepared a free-agent primer. Listed below are key AFC West players who would be affected if Schefter’s expectation plays out:

QUARTERBACKS

6 or more seasons: Billy Volek

4 to 5 seasons: Brodie Croyle, Bruce Gradkowski

RUNNING BACKS

6 or more seasons: Darren Sproles

4 to 5 seasons: Laurence Maroney

WIDE RECEIVERS

4 to 5 seasons: Malcom Floyd

TIGHT ENDS

6 or more seasons: Randy McMichael

4 to 5 seasons: Zach Miller

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN

6 or more seasons: G Robert Gallery, T Langston Walker, C Casey Wiegmann

4 to 5 seasons: T Jeromey Clary, C Samson Satele

DEFENSIVE TACKLES

6 or more seasons: Jamal Williams

LINEBACKERS

6 or more seasons: Kevin Burnett, Mike Vrabel

CORNERBACKS

6 or more seasons: Nnamdi Asomugha

SAFETIES

4 to 5 seasons: Michael Huff, Eric Weddle

San Diego’s Vincent Jackson, Kansas City’s Tamba Hali and Oakland’s Kamerion Wimbley were given the franchise tag. Schefter expects the franchise tag to be part of a new deal. Wimbley has already signed his tender, while Jackson and Hali haven’t.

AFC West: Free-agency primer

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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.

Free agency: AFC West

February, 15, 2010
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AFC Free Agency: East | West | North | South NFC: East | West | North | South

An early look at the free-agent situation in the AFC West.

Note: These projected lists reflect notable unrestricted free agents for each team. The NFL will not issue an official list of free agents until the signing period begins March 5.

[+] EnlargeChris Chambers
AP Photo/Charlie RiedelKansas City wide receiver Chris Chambers had 608 yards on 36 receptions after being acquired off waivers in November.
Denver Broncos

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.

Key figures: There isn’t much here. The team could bring back Hochstein, Holliday and Law, but they are all complementary pieces. It’s all about the restricted free-agent class in Denver. The Broncos have to figure out what they are going to do with receiver Brandon Marshall, defensive end Elvis Dumervil, quarterback Kyle Orton and tight end Tony Scheffler.

Kansas City Chiefs

Unrestricted free agents: S Mike Brown, WR Chris Chambers, WR Terrance Copper, TE Sean Ryan, C Wade Smith, LB Mike Vrabel, WR Bobby Wade,

Key figures: Chambers will be Kansas City's priority. He gave the Chiefs’ offense a big spark after he was claimed off waivers in November. The team’s brass really likes what Brown and Vrabel bring to the team and both could be back in Kansas City at the right price. Wade also could be brought back.

Oakland Raiders

Unrestricted free agents: Hiram Eugene, G Cornell Green, K Sebastian Janikowski, DE Richard Seymour, T Langston Walker, LB Sam Williams

Key figures: It’s all about Seymour and Janikowski. The Raiders are trying to get long-term deals with both players done. If new deals aren’t struck, watch for Oakland to put the franchise and transition tags on them. Oakland will do anything it can not to lose either player.

San Diego Chargers

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

Key figures: The team would like to bring back Osgood, one of the best special-teams players in the NFL. But Osgood wants a chance to be a receiver and the opportunity might not be in San Diego. The Chargers will spend most of their energy on their restricted class. The priorities are receiver Vincent Jackson, tackle Marcus McNeill, linebacker Shawne Merriman, running back Darren Sproles and receiver Malcom Floyd.

Posted by ESPN.com’s Bill Williamson


More than a week after looking at former second-round pick Langston Walker, the desperate Oakland Raiders brought him back.

Fullback Oren O’Neal was waived after he injured his ankle. He will likely receive an injury settlement. O’Neal was a starter and a team favorite but he fell out of favor.

Even though the massive Walker doesn’t fit Oakland’s zone-blocking scheme, he was signed. Walker was recently cut by Buffalo. He was drafted by Oakland in 2002. The Raiders have suffered several injuries on the offensive line and the unit has not been strong. Walker will likely get a chance for significant playing time at right tackle once he shakes off the rust.
Posted by ESPN.com’s Bill Williamson

The Raiders made some interesting personnel moves Tuesday.

The one official move the team made was cutting cornerback/return man Justin Miller. He was re-signed last week after being cut earlier in September.

The Raiders are also considering bringing back a familiar name by trying out tackle Langston Walker. He was cut by Buffalo recently. Walker signed with the Bills as a free agent from Oakland in 2007. Walker, 30, played for the Raiders from 2002-06.

The Oakland native is massive. He is 6-foot-6, 366 pounds. He may not be a perfect fit or the Raiders’ zone blocking offensive blocking scheme. But the beat-up Raiders may not be picky at this time. Left tackle Robert Gallery mending from a broken leg and right tackle Cornell Green is coming to be about for a few weeks with a calf injury.

AFC West news and notes

September, 10, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com’s Bill Williamson
  • There is reportedly new information in the Shawne Merriman case.
  • Tackle Jon Runyan visited the Eagles, who he starred for, Thursday. Runyan tried out for the Chiefs on Wednesday.
  • The Chiefs also need receivers and they could show interest in Bobby Wade, who was cut by the Vikings. The Chiefs also had an interest in receiver David Tyree, who was cut by the Giants last weekend. He worked out in Baltimore on Tuesday.
  • Kansas City safety Mike Brown is showing the leadership qualities that attracted the Chiefs to him.
  • Former Oakland coach John Madden is working closely with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. So, any hopes of Raiders fans that Madden will join the Raiders in a role have been dashed.
  • I’m still hearing the Raiders could show an interest in tackle Langston Walker. He was cut by Buffalo this week. Walker previously played for the Raiders, who have a need for tackles.

Late AFC West news and notes

September, 8, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com’s Bill Williamson

Denver coach Josh McDaniels indicated that receiver Brandon Marshall, newly reinstated from a team-imposed team suspension, could end up playing in Sunday's game at Cincinnati. When asked how Marshall, who was suspended after making a mockery of practice Aug. 26, has been practicing this week, McDaniels said: “great.”

Oakland coach Tom Cable hinted that the Raiders may be talking to Richard Seymour about a contract extension. It may be the team’s best chances to get Seymour into town.

It will be interesting to see if tackle Langston Walker, cut by Buffalo, could end up in Oakland. The Raiders could use help at right tackle. Walker left Oakland as a free agent to sign with the Bills.

The Broncos were happy with how starting quarterback Kyle Orton practiced and expect him to play Sunday. He suffered an index finger injury Aug. 30.

Guard Kynan Forney signed with Jacksonville. He was a surprise cut by San Diego.

The Chiefs’ brass promised the public the team will work hard in 2009.

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