AFC West: Marty Hurney
This is relative to the AFC West because Denver has the No. 2 pick. The Broncos need defensive help badly. Fairley would likely be at the top of Denver’s list. Other players Denver could look at include Clemson defensive end Da'Quan Bowers and LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson. Predictably, Denver is talking to Peterson, as are several other teams.
Meanwhile, new Denver football leader John Elway is with his troops at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala.
San Diego general manager A.J. Smith is also at the Senior Bowl. The Chargers are in an enviable draft position. They have five picks in the first three rounds with extra picks in the second and third round. Smith knows this gives him great drafting power. The Chargers could take a big move up from No. 18 if they choose. San Diego moved up from No. 28 to No. 12 last year to take running back Ryan Mathews.
In other AFC West news on a busy Wednesday afternoon, Fox’s Jay Glazer reports Oakland asked permission to talk to Jets defensive backs coach Dennis Thurman but it was denied. Interestingly, Glazer previously reported that he was hearing Oakland wanted to find a defensive coordinator who would teach the Jets’ aggressive 3-4 defense. Maybe now that Thurman is out of the picture, I wonder if Oakland will look at other 3-4 coaches. Other names connected to the Oakland defensive coordinator job are Chuck Bresnahan and Jacksonville defensive line coach Joe Cullen.
Kansas City coach Todd Haley told Sirius Radio that he likely will not be the team’s offensive coordinator in 2011 like he was in 2009. Still, Haley didn’t give any information about who will replace Charlie Weis as offensive coordinator.
New Denver defensive coordinator Dennis Allen said he thinks the Denver defense can improve quickly and that he chose the Denver job over the Philadelphia job because it was a better fit. That’s interesting considering Denver was last in the NFL in total defense and points allowed in 2010.
The AFC West is represented on USA Today’s 2010 All-Joe team, which celebrates hard-hat type players.
Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson
We enlisted several members of our NFL blog network to breakdown what it would take to win the Jay Cutler sweepstakes and get him from Denver.
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The Broncos have announced to the football world they will pursue trading Cutler. Several teams are expected to make offers. Here is a look at what it might take to get Cutler:
Carolina Panthers: It's a very long shot because a move like this would be out of character for John Fox and Marty Hurney. But they could package disgruntled defensive end Julius Peppers with a draft pick for a shot at Cutler. -- Pat Yasinskas
Cleveland Browns: The Broncos would need either quarterback Brady Quinn or Derek Anderson in any type of package that could require a three-team trade and draft picks for the Browns. Pro Bowl defensive tackle Shaun Rogers would be a tremendous sweetener, but Cleveland probably is not that desperate when everyone knows Denver must get rid of Cutler. -- James Walker
Detroit Lions: The No. 1, No. 33 and No. 82 overall picks. Plus, a third team to get Denver a quarterback to replace Cutler. The Lions aren't likely to be willing any players considering their personnel shortcomings. -- Kevin Seifert
Minnesota Vikings: Their No. 22 and No. 54 overall picks, tailback Chester Taylor or defensive end Ray Edwards, and a third team to help Denver get a quarterback in return. Edwards might appeal to the Broncos more than Taylor, who has low mileage but will turn 30 in September. -- Kevin Seifert
New York Jets: They might need help from a third team to swing a deal for Cutler, especially if the Broncos require a seasoned quarterback in return. The Jets have only six draft picks, including the 17th
overall pick. Another possibility could include future draft considerations, such as next year's first-rounder. -- Tim Graham
San Francisco 49ers: I don't know if the Broncos would do it for the 10th overall choice, given that Denver probably wants a quarterback in return. But that is what the 49ers have to offer. -- Mike Sando
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The Bucs don't have a lot of ammo after trading away a second-round pick for Kellen Winslow. They might have to package this year's first with next year's to have any shot. -- Pat Yasinskas
Washington Redskins: It would take Jason Campbell and the No. 13 overall pick to get in the conversation. And it certainly sounds like the conversation has begun. At this time Wednesday I didn't think it would happen. Now I'm not so sure. -- Matt Mosley