AFC West: Marques Harris

AFC West: Free-agency primer

March, 3, 2010

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.


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.

Inactives from San Diego

January, 17, 2010
SAN DIEGO --- The inactives have just been announced for Sunday’s AFC divisional playoff game between the New York Jets and the San Diego Chargers.

There are no major surprises for San Diego, which enters the game as healthy as it has been all season.

San Diego Chargers Inactives

QB Charlie Whitehurst (3rd Quarterback)

CB Dante Hughes

RB Michael Bennett

LB Dontarrious Thomas

LB Marques Harris

C Eric Ghiaciuc

WR Buster Davis

DE Vaughn Martin

New York Jets Inactives

QB Kevin O’Connell (third quarterback)

QB Erik Ainge

RB Chauncey Washington

LB Kenwin Cummings

G Matt Slauson

DE Ropati Pitoitua

WR David Clowney

LB Marques Murrell
Thirty of the 212 NFL players who would lose their status as unrestricted free agents this offseason if the league and its union can't agree on a new labor contract play in the AFC West. They'd be restricted free agents.

Several big-name players from the division on are the list. There is some time between now and when free agency starts, but if a new deal isn’t made (and it seems unlikely at this point that there will be a new deal) it could greatly impact these players.

Here’s the list:


Elvis Dumervil LB

Chris Kuper OG

Brandon Marshall WR

Kyle Orton QB

Tony Scheffler TE

Le Kevin Smith DE

Kansas City

Brodie Croyle QB

Derrick Johnson LB

Corey Mays LB

Rudy Niswanger C

Ryan O’Callaghan T

Jarrad Page S


Jon Alston LB

Khalif Barnes OT

Ricky Brown LB

Charlie Frye QB

Thomas Howard LB

Kirk Morrison LB

Stanford Routt CB

San Diego

Tim Dobbins LB

Malcolm Floyd WR

Antonio Garay DT

Eric Ghiaciuc C

Marques Harris LB

Vincent Jackson WR

Travis Johnson DT

Marcus McNeill OT

Shawne Merriman LB

Darren Sproles RB

Charlie Whitehurst QB
The San Diego Chargers are expected to sign linebacker Marques Harris as early as today, a source close to the situation said Tuesday.

Harris left San Diego in the offseason and signed with San Francisco. He was cut earlier this season. Harris worked out for the Chargers a few weeks ago, but he has a leg injury that delayed his availability.

The Chargers need some depth at outside linebacker. Shawne Merriman is dealing with a foot injury. He could be held of the Chargers’ game at Cleveland on Sunday to rest for the stretch drive. Harris would be the third outside linebacker Sunday if Merriman doesn’t play against the Browns.

Harris has good pass-rush ability and could help then Chargers off the bench. In his previous tenure with the Chargers, Harris was known for his work in the community as well as being a solid role player. It is unclear how the Chargers will make the room for Harris on the 53-man roster.

Evening AFC West news and notes

November, 11, 2009
Posted by’s Bill Williamson
  • Guard Russ Hochstein was practicing with the first unit in Denver ahead of Ben Hamilton. Thus, it looks like Hochstein, who played for Denver coach Josh McDaniels in New England, is primed to start Sunday at Washington. Hamilton has struggled some lately.
  • Denver receiver Brandon Marshall didn’t practice Wednesday because of a back injury. It is not known if it will jeopardize his playing chances Sunday.
  • It doesn’t look like Washington running back Clinton Portis is going to face his former team Sunday.
  • With Jyles Tucker slowed by an ankle injury, the Chargers worked out Marques Harris, who left the team through free agency last year. It seems Harris will be on the team’s radar for the next couple of weeks.
  • Running back LaDainian Tomlinson (hip), tight end Antonio Gates (foot) and linebacker Shaun Phillips (ankle) were among the players who didn’t practice in San Diego on Wednesday. At this point, none of the injuries appear serious. Center Nick Hardwick continued to practice on a limited basis. Still, it is no sure thing he will play Sunday against the Eagles.
  • Here is more speculation that this will be Tomlinson’s last year in San Diego. He almost didn’t come back this year, and if his production doesn’t increase dramatically, he will likely not be a Charger next year.
  • Oakland's Greg Ellis had shoulder surgery as well as knee surgery.

Evening AFC West news and notes

March, 25, 2009

Posted by's Bill Williamson

DANA POINT, Calif. -- Here is a report that identified Minnesota as the first team to talk to Denver about quarterback Jay Cutler in February.  Denver coach Josh McDaniels confirmed that Denver talked to Tampa Bay about Cutler.

The Kansas City Star reports star tight end Tony Gonzalez is staying "neutral" about trade talks involving him. Previously, Kansas City owner Clark Hunt said the team was going to keep him and then a report was released with a source close to Gonzalez saying he's still open to a trade.

Texas defensive end Brian Orakpo had a strong workout at Texas' pro day. Denver would likely jump on him if he was available with the 12th pick. But with his strong workout, he could be cemented as a top-10 pick.

San Diego free agent linebacker Marques Harris is still talking to teams. Denver is a potential possibility. He is not expected to return to the Chargers.

A.J. Smith presser news and notes

February, 26, 2009

Posted by's Bill Williamson

San Diego general manager A.J. Smith held a 45-minute press conference to address the team's status heading into free agency. There were several interesting developments. Of course, the most important part of the press conference centered around a situation that is still unresolved.

Smith said talks on restructuring LaDainian Tomlinson's contract were ongoing, but he wouldn't go into specifics about the situation. If Tomlinson, who is due more than $6.7 million this season, doesn't take a restructured deal to reduce his 2009 pay, he will likely be cut.

The talks could last several days. There is no hard deadline. The fact that the talks, which began in earnest Sunday, are taking this long could be a sign of difficulty. However, both sides want Tomlinson to remain in San Diego so the talks will continue.

Meanwhile, San Diego cut linebacker Anthony Waters, who was a third-round pick in 2007. The team had high hopes for Waters last season but he was injured and never made an impact when he was healthy. Still, it is a bit surprising the team gave up on him so early in his career.

Smith said the team will not pursue any of its four remaining unrestricted free agents: defensive lineman Igor Olshansky, guard Mike Goff, linebacker Marques Harris and center Jeremy Newberry. That proclamation is not surprising.

The team wasn't pleased with Olshansky's and Goff's play last season and Harris and Newberry are role players. The Chargers re-signed guard Kynan Forney on Wednesday and he could take Goff's place. Smith said the team would monitor movement in free agency but wouldn't say how much of a player the team would be. The Chargers will likely sign one or two players but not be particularly busy.

Also, Smith said left tackle Marcus McNeill had knee surgery three weeks ago but he is expected to be ready for training camp. McNeill was hampered by a neck problem last season.

AFC West notes: Russell update

December, 8, 2008
Posted by's Bill Williamson

Here are some AFC West notes leading with an injury update on JaMarcus Russell:

In Oakland, Raiders coach Tom Cable told reporters that Russell should be ready to play Sunday against visiting New England. Russell was more cautious and wouldn't commit to being ready.

His ankle has been in a protective boot since Thursday night's loss at San Diego. Russell was knocked out of the game late in the second quarter. It appears if Russell feels comfortable in practice this week, he will play against the Patriots.

It still says here that Russell should pack it up for the rest of the season. He has been suffering from ankle and knee injuries much of the season. The Raiders are 3-10 and not going anywhere. Russell, who hasn't played well for much of the season, should start preparing for 2009. But it seems if healthy enough, he will play.

In Kansas City, Chiefs coach Herman Edwards said young quarterback Tyler Thigpen needs to look for his receivers other than tight end Tony Gonzalez. It is clear Gonzalez is Thigpen's first option, but he is also his best option. The two clearly have a strong chemistry. After Sunday's loss in Denver, Gonzalez said it would be a "disgrace" if Thigpen isn't Kansas City's quarterback next season.

In San Diego, backup linebacker Marques Harris is back on the practice field after an injury. The Chargers are fairly healthy for the stretch run. San Diego has to win all of its final three games, starting Sunday at Kansas City, and it has to hope Denver loses all three of its remaining games to claim the division crown.

Raiders, Chargers injury report

December, 3, 2008

Posted by's Bill Williamson

Here is an injury update for the Raiders and the Chargers. The two teams play Thursday night in San Diego.

In Oakland, center Jake Grove (calf) and linebacker Ricky Brown (groin) have both been ruled out for the game. Receivers Ronald Curry and Ashley Lelie are both listed as questionable. Curry has a nagging ankle injury. He was limited in practice Wednesday after not practicing on Monday and Tuesday. Lelie has a headache that kept him out of practice Tuesday and Wednesday.

In San Diego, starting fullback Mike Tolbert is doubtful with a shoulder injury. He didn't play Sunday against Atlanta because of the injury. He was replaced by fellow rookie Jacob Hester. Backup linebacker Marques Harris is also doubtful with a hamstring injury. Starting safety Clinton Hart is listed a questionable. He practiced on a limited basis Wednesday after he didn't practice Tuesday.

Raiders, Chargers injury update

December, 2, 2008

Posted by'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

Posted by'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.

AFC West injury report

November, 13, 2008
Posted by's Bill Williamson


After practice, Broncos left cornerback Champ Bailey told reporters he isn't completely healed but there is a chance he can play Sunday at Atlanta. Denver coach Mike Shanahan said that Bailey is the type of player who doesn't need a large amount of practice to play.

Bailey was limited in his participation Thursday, but it was an unexpected boost for Denver. Bailey didn't participate Wednesday and he has been out since suffering a serious groin injury Oct. 20 at New England. When he was hurt, the diagnosis was that he'd be out 4-6 weeks. It will be 27 days between the Patriots game and Sunday's game at Atlanta.

Earlier in the week, it seemed like there was no chance of Bailey facing the Falcons, so this is certainly progress. If Bailey can't play against Atlanta, undrafted rookie Josh Bell or Karl Paymah will likely take his place.

Meanwhile, running back Selvin Young didn't practice for the second straight day and he likely won't play Sunday because of a nagging groin injury.

Kansas City

Defensive end Turk McBride was taken off the injury report. He could play Sunday against New Orleans. However, other defensive starters, Tamba Hali, Derrick Johnson and Pat Thomas, look like they may not play Sunday.


It looks more and more like quarterback JaMarcus Russell (knee) and running back Darren McFadden (turf toes) will play at Miami on Sunday. Russell missed one game and McFadden has missed the past three games. Meanwhile, defensive end Derrick Burgess wasn't on the practice field to start practice despite indications earlier in the week he could play Sunday. Burgess has missed the past five games with a triceps injury.

San Diego

The only changes of note Thursday were that backup receiver Buster Davis (groin) and backup linebacker Marques Harris (hamstring) didn't practice.

Chambers likely out for San Diego

October, 10, 2008

Posted by's Bill Williamson

It looks like The San Diego Chargers will be without a key offensive cog in their pivotal game against New England on Sunday.

The Chargers have listed receiver Chris Chambers as doubtful to play Sunday night against the Patriots. Chambers did not practice at all in all three practices this week after suffering an ankle sprain late in San Diego's 17-10 loss at Miami last week.

The Chargers 'offense has been out of sync for most of the past two games. Losing Chambers would be a hit for quarterback Philip Rivers.

However, it looks like it won't be a total disaster. Chambers' fellow starting receiver, Vincent Jackson, was back at practice Friday and he is listed as probable on the injury report. Jackson didn't practice Thursday with a minor knee problem.

In addition to Chambers, linebacker Jyles Tucker, who is Shawne Merriman's replacement, is listed as doubtful with a hamstring injury. Marques Harris is set to play for Tucker.

San Diego's star running back LaDainian Tomlinson practiced fully today. He is listed as probable on the injury report and  play Sunday night. Tomlinson was limited in practice Thursday and he did not practice Wednesday. He has a turf toe injury that he has been nursing since opening day. He has routinely taken practice days off but he has not missed a game.

Broncos, Chargers injury update

October, 3, 2008

Posted by's Bill Williamson

Injury report from Denver and San Diego:

In Denver, defensive end John Engelberger practiced fully for the first time this week. He has been hampered by a knee injury but he is expected to play Sunday against Tampa Bay.

Backup defensive tackle Josh Shaw is out with a groin injury. Backup receiver Darrell Jackson, who has missed the past three games with a calf injury, has been limited all week and is listed as questionable on the injury report.

In San Diego, linebacker Jyles Tucker, Shawne Merriman's replacement, is doubtful to play at Miami on Sunday with a hamstring injury. Marques Harris is set to replace him.

There are no other major injury concerns in San Diego. Running back LaDainian Tomlinson is off the injury report this week for the first time since he suffered a turf toe injury in Week 1 against Carolina.

Broncos, Chargers injury report

October, 2, 2008

Posted by's Bill Williamson

In Denver, reserve receiver Darrell Jackson was limited in practice with a calf injury. He has missed the past three games. Defensive end John Engelberger was limited in practice after sitting out Wednesday due to a knee injury.

Defensive tackle Dewayne Robertson has practiced fully both days this week. He didn't play last week because of a nagging knee injury. It looks like Robertson is on target to play Sunday against visiting Tampa Bay.

In San Diego, Jyles Tucker missed his second straight day of practice with a hamstring injury and it is looking like he may not be able to play. Tucker is the replacement for Shawne Merriman at outside linebacker. His backup is Marques Harris.

Fullback Mike Tolbert was limited with an ankle injury. Defensive tackle Jamal Williams was limited Thursday after not practicing Wednesday. He has a lingering knee injury that requires him to rest often during the practice week. Tight end Antonio Gates and guard Mike Goff practiced fully Thursday after sitting out Wednesday with injuries.