AFC West: Leigh Bodden

AFC West notes

November, 11, 2011
Oakland linebacker Aaron Curry was reportedly fined $20,000 for a hit on Denver quarterback Tim Tebow last week and Denver rookie linebacker Von Miller was fined $15,000 for a hit in the game.

Raiders trade out vet WRs

November, 2, 2011
Catching up on the day in the AFC West after a day of travel:

On the surface, it makes some sense that Derek Hagan was the player Oakland cut to make room for veteran receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh.

Hagan was the lone veteran receiver and the Raiders’ apparently felt they only needed one, so they went with the 34-year-old Houshmandzadeh, who was with new Oakland quarterback Carson Palmer and Oakland coach Hue Jackson in Cincinnati.

Hagan started two games and had 11 catches for the Raiders as role player. Jackson said he wanted Houshmandzadeh since the summer, but owner Al Davis -- who died Oct. 8. -- wanted Hagan. Now, that Jackson is charge, he is getting the players he wants. Now, he has to make sure Houshmandzadeh, whose play declined sharply last year, can still play.
  • Meanwhile, it is being reported Kansas City visited with cornerback Leigh Bodden, who was just cut by New England. He’d likely be a nickel corner for the Chiefs if they sign him. He played for Kansas City defensive coordinator Romeo Crenel in Cleveland.
  • Denver linebacker Von Miller has slipped a bit in ESPN’s Rookie Watch.

AFC West notes

October, 31, 2011
Here are some AFC West notes as I play catch-up upon my arrival in Kansas City:

Oakland coach Hue Jackson confirmed that the Raiders will work out former Cincinnati receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh on Tuesday. Houshmanzadeh, Carson Palmer and Hue Jackson were all in Cincinnati together. Here are my thoughts on the matter.
  • Oakland running back Darren McFadden didn’t practice Monday, the Raiders are hoping he can go Wednesday. He injured his foot in Week 7 against Kansas City.
  • Cut New England cornerback Leigh Bodden went unclaimed and now he can sign anywhere. There was a report that Kansas City could claim him. I could see Oakland showing interest. They have been looking at veteran cornerbacks for months.
  • Hence, the Lito Sheppard re-signing. He signed with Oakland on Monday. He spent some time with the Raiders this summer. Sheppard replaced kicker Dave Rayner. who was cut last week. Sheppard will wear No. 21 in Oakland. It was last worn by cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, who departed to the Eagles as a free agent.
  • Former Dallas cornerback Tashard Choice was claimed by the Redskins. That means the running backs-needy Broncos did not put in a claim on him.

The latest sensation ... Tebowing

October, 28, 2011
Put this one in the you-can’t-make-it up category. Ladies and gentlemen, we introduce Tebowing.

Check out the link, chuckle and proceed however you may choose.

Carry on.

UPDATE: Tebow addressed “Tebowing” mania after practice Friday.

“When it’s getting talked about and shared as, ‘Hey it’s something cool or something funny to get on a knee and pray,’ at least it’s being talked about and that’s a cool thing,” Tebow told reporters in Denver. “If I can help be an example of that, then I look at that as a blessing. Yes some people don’t necessarily take it seriously, but you know, they’re on a knee praying. So who knows what you’re going to think about after that, how that can affect you and hopefully it’s just a good example for people.”

In other AFC West nuggets:

Kansas City owner Clark Hunt supports both general manager Scott Pioli and coach Todd Haley in an interview with the Kansas City Star. Hunt also said he believes Pioli and Haley have a good relationship. There were reports earlier in the season that the two men have a strained relationship.

But the thing is, both men have a good job and as long as the Chiefs’ arrow is pointing up, Hunt will be pleased. ESPN’s Adam Schefter looks at how coach Todd Haley turned around the Chiefs after an 0-3 start.

The Patriots cut cornerback Leigh Bodden. I could see the Raiders being interested in him. They have been looking at cornerback help since the summer.

The Raiders looked at veteran cornerback Brian Williams this week as a well as a couple low-level running backs, which lends speculation that the team could be worried star Darren McFadden may not be healed from a foot injury by Nov. 6 when the Raiders host the Broncos.