AFC West: Matt Slauson

While the Oakland Raiders continue to work on their quarterback issues, they need to also figure out the cornerback position.

Oakland has two starting spots open at the position. Take Terence Newman off the list. He has agreed to return to Cincinnati. Newman visited Oakland early in free agency and took an extended time to decide where he was going to play. He tweeted that he turned down more money from Oakland to return to the Bengals.

The Raiders are still in the mix for Tracy Porter and Mike Jenkins. Porter visited this week and Jenkins, who is getting interest from Jacksonville and Buffalo, is set to soon visit Oakland.

Meanwhile, the quarterback wait continues in Oakland. The Raiders are in trade talks with Seattle about backup Matt Flynn. It’s been reported that if Oakland can figure out a contract with Flynn, the deal will happen. Current Oakland starter Carson Palmer could also agree to take a reduced contract to stay.

If both the Flynn and Palmer talks blow up -- there’s already talk that Arizona (starter) and San Francisco (backup) could make a play for Palmer if he is cut --- the Raiders reportedly might turn to former Arizona quarterback Kevin Kolb. There is no timetable for this scenario to unfold. It could happen Saturday or extend into next week.

In other AFC West news:

CBS Sports reports the Denver Broncos are an option for veteran cornerback Antoine Winfield. He has other interest, and the veteran cornerback market is not a big priority for Denver right now.

Former Jets guard Matt Slauson signed with Chicago. He had been connected to Oakland because he played for new Oakland offensive line coach Tony Sparano last season.

Pass-rusher Dwight Freeney is being connected to Detroit. Denver has some interest, but Freeney’s price tag is currently too high. Denver might adjust its pass-rushing sights on the draft.
Elvis Dumervil’s new agent, Tom Condon, and the Denver Broncos lost an appeal to get the verbal agreement honored by the NFL. The agreement was turned in after the league's deadline on Friday.

It was considered a longshot, anyway because had the NFL honored the deal the rest of the league would have been upset.

The Denver Post reports that the Baltimore Ravens are currently negotiating with Dumervil. The Broncos want Dumervil back and he wants to return, but there are salary issues.

The Denver Post reports the Broncos' first choice to replace Dumervil, 29, if he signs elsewhere will be former Atlanta pass-rusher John Abraham. He was productive last season, but he will turn 35 in May.

In other AFC West notes:

Cornerback Terence Newman tweeted he may make his decision on a team later in the week, choosing between the Bengals and Raiders.

The Baltimore Sun reports former Oakland safety Michael Huff, who was cut last week, is receiving interest from Baltimore, Green Bay, Dallas and Tennessee.

Dallas reportedly is talking to Jets guard Matt Slauson. He reportedly received interest from Oakland early in free agency.

Raiders linebacker Nick Roach got a four-year with $5 million in guaranteed money.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft said receiver Wes Welker signed with Denver for less than what New England offered him. Welker signed a two-year, $12 million deal with the Broncos.

The Boston Globe reports the Patriots have shown some interest in right tackle Eric Winston, who was cut by the Chiefs. Winston has also visited with the Chargers.

Former San Diego pass-rusher Antwan Barnes has signed with the Jets on a three-year contract.

Chargers add to O-line

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The San Diego Chargers signed tackle King Dunlap.

He is massive at 6-foot-9, 330 pounds. He started 12 games last season for the Eagles. He can play both left and right tackle. The Chargers have massive needs on the offensive line.

I think Dunlap will be given a chance to earn a spot at either right tackle or as a key backup, perhaps with the latter being the most likely scenario. This very likely doesn’t mean the Chargers are done looking for a starting left tackle. That is currently the spot where the team is expected to use the No. 11 pick.

In other AFC West news:

It has been reported the Raiders are interested in Jets’ guard Matt Slauson. He played under new Oakland offensive line coach Tony Sparano in 2012.

The NFL Network reports Denver pass-rusher Elvis Dumervil is now open to taking a pay cut with Denver. That probably means he doesn’t think his market would be great in free agency.

The Broncos are visiting with defensive tackle Terrance Knighton. He is sought after. He played for Denver defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio with the Jaguars. CBS Sports is reporting Denver is interested in Oakland defensive tackle Richard Seymour. He could help a contender on a limited basis.

The Raiders are reportedly interested in Cleveland linebacker Kaluka Maiava. The USC product started 13 games on the weakside for the Browns.

Final Word: AFC West

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Five nuggets of knowledge about Week 3:

Tolbert not a force at the goal line: The San Diego Chargers would like to see bowling-ball running back Mike Tolbert regain his mojo at the goal line Sunday against visiting Kansas City. According to ESPN Stats & Information, Tolbert has scored on just one of six goal-to-go situations in two games. Last year, he was 10-of-21 in those situations. Tolbert was stopped on fourth-and-inches at the goal line at New England last week. It was one of the most crucial plays of the game.

[+] EnlargeSan Diego's Mike Tolbert
AP Photo/Charles KrupaThe Chargers need to get more production around the goal line from running back Mike Tolbert.
Raiders need to put hex on Rex: One of the reasons New York Jets coach Rex Ryan has been so effective as a head coach is his confidence. He is not afraid to play anywhere. He certainly won’t fret about entering the Black Hole on Sunday. Since he took over the Jets in 2009, Ryan’s team is 6-0 against non-divisional AFC competition on the road. It’s up to the Raiders to show Ryan the road can be a tough place.

Last trip to San Diego not good karma for Chiefs: The last thing the Kansas City Chiefs need right now is bad memories. The Chiefs are floundering at 0-2. They have been outscored 89-10 in two games, they have injury issues, and coach Todd Haley is reportedly on the hot seat. A win at San Diego would solve a lot of problems, but the Chiefs will not be hitting the field in San Diego with terrific memories. The Chargers hammered the Chiefs 31-0 in Week 14 of last season -- Kansas City's last visit. The Chiefs were without quarterback Matt Cassel, who had an appendectomy earlier that week.

Did the Titans pick the right QB? Before the end of the lockout, there was speculation the Tennessee Titans would pursue a veteran quarterback to help groom first-round pick Jake Locker. A lot of the speculation centered on Denver’s Kyle Orton. However, instead of trading for Orton, the Titans signed Seattle’s Matt Hasselbeck. In the end, Orton didn’t get dealt, and now the two veterans will face each other Sunday in Nashville. So far, Hasselbeck is enjoying a fast start for the Titans, so they probably don’t have any regrets going into this matchup.

Raiders defensive front could have a field day: New York star center Nick Mangold is out for Sunday’s game. Rookie free-agent Colin Baxter is expected to start in his place. Baxter was claimed off waivers from the Chargers after the Chargers cut him with the intent of stashing him on the practice squad earlier this month. Baxter has had nine practices with the Jets and will be in charge of protecting Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez, who has a bruised arm. The Raiders’ defensive front, one of the best in the league, must take advantage of this. It has to attack the middle of the Jets’ line and try to make life as difficult as possible for Baxter. If Baxter fails, the Jets are prepared to use left guard Matt Slauson at center. That would put the Jets’ offensive line in even more upheaval.

Inactives from San Diego

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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

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