AFC West: Matthias Askew
Posted by ESPN.com’s Bill Williamson
The Kansas City Chiefs and Denver Broncos got a head start on cutting down to the 53-man roster by Saturday’s deadline. The Chiefs cut eight players. The Broncos cut nine players.
The biggest name on the Chiefs’ list is right tackle Damion McIntosh, who previously was a starter. But McIntosh has not played well and he was on the bubble. Barry Richardson is expected to start at the spot.
The Broncos’ early cuts included two draft picks from Mike Shanahan’s final class -- guard Kory Lichtensteiger and defensive lineman Carlton Powell.
Here are Kansas City’s cut list Friday:
No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Age Exp. College
46 Jed Collins FB 6-1 249 23 1 Washington State
23 Travis Daniels CB 6-1 195 26 5 LSU
34 Londen Fryar CB 5-11 192 23 R Western Michigan
73 Eric Ghiaciuc C 6-4 303 28 5 Central Michigan
77 Damion McIntosh T 6-4 320 32 10 Kansas State
66 Corey Smith LB 6-1 225 22 R Cincinnati
75 Herb Taylor T 6-3 295 24 3 TCU
65 Tavares Washington G 6-4 315 26 1 Florida
Here is Denver’s list:
Player NFL Exp. College
DL Matthias Askew 3 Michigan State
G Kory Lichtensteiger 2 Bowling Green State
QB Ingle Martin 3 Furman
CB Rashod Moulton 1 Fort Valley State
T Clint Oldenburg 2 Colorado State
DL Carlton Powell 2 Virginia Tech
ILB Lee Robinson R Alcorn State
WR Nate Swift R Nebraska
RB Marcus Thomas 2 Texas-El Paso
Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson
Denver quarterback Jay Cutler told reporters Monday, a day after the Broncos lost in San Diego to complete their three-week collapse in the AFC West, that he expects Denver to end a three-year playoff drought next season.
"Yes, I do. I think with (head coach) Mike (Shanahan) and the front office, they are going to make some moves and try to improve us as a whole team," Cutler said. "I love the direction the offense is going with Jeremy (Bates) leading us, the coaching, the offensive line and the receivers. I think we have a real chance next year."
The Broncos need to make some defensive improvements. But the team has to get over the hangover from their collapse first.
The letdown did have a silver lining for Denver. It is now picking 12th in the April draft. It is the same slot in which Denver drafted star left tackle Ryan Clady earlier this year.
Denver will look at defense next spring with linebackers Rey Maualuga (USC) and James Laurinaitis (Ohio State), defensive tackle B.J. Raji (Boston College) and safety Taylor Mays (USC) as early possibilities.
Denver signed the following six practice squad players to future contracts: defensive tackle Matthias Askew, guard Mitch Erickson, wide receiver Jayson Foster, defensive tackle Ryan McBean, cornerback Rashod Moulton and wide receiver Matt Willis.
Here are Denver's home and away opponents for 2009. The dates will be announced in the spring:
Home: Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, New England Patriots, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants.
Away: Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Indianapolis Colts, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins.