AFC West: Oakaldn Raiders

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.
Romeo Crennel might soon be back in the NFL.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting the former Kansas City head coach might join New Orleans’ staff as defensive coordinator or in another role with the team. I was told recently that Crennel, 65, is still interested in coaching and would put off retirement if the right job comes up. Perhaps it will be in New Orleans.

Meanwhile, the Chiefs added former longtime NFL defensive back Al Harris to their staff as an assistant secondary coach. Harris played in Philadelphia for new coach Andy Reid, and he played in Green Bay with new Kansas City general manager John Dorsey.

The Chiefs also added Mark DeLeone as a quality control coach and kept assistant strength and conditioning coach Brent Salazar.

In other AFC West news:

The Raiders have filled their coaching staff with the hiring of longtime NFL assistant Bob Sanders as linebackers coach. He was Buffalo’s linebackers coach last season, and was Green Bay’s defensive coordinator from 2006-08. This hire gives Oakland’s staff more experience. This year’s staff, as a whole, is more experienced than last year’s staff.

Kansas City Pro Bowl punter Dustin Colquitt told the Kansas City Star he wants to stay with the Chiefs. Like Oakland punter Shane Lechler, Colquitt is a free agent. Right now, the general consensus is Colquitt has a stronger chance of returning to his team than Lechler does.

GQ Magazine has a look at former Raiders’ defensive lineman Anthony Smith, who is accused of multiple murders.

The San Francisco Chronicle offers a transcript of a radio interview conducted by Oakland coach Dennis Allen.
Melvin Ingram's hit on Drew Brees on Sunday night cost the San Diego Chargers.

On Friday, it cost Ingram. The NFL said it fined the rookie pass-rusher $15,750 for roughing the passer. He struck Brees in the head and neck area.

Ingram was penalized 15 yards on a play that wiped out an interception return for a touchdown that would have given the Chargers a 31-14 lead over the Saints in the second half. The Saints caught fire after the penalty and rallied to win, 31-24.

In other AFC West news:

Kansas City coach Romeo Crennel said Friday that safety Kendrick Lewis will play for the first time this season Sunday at Tampa Bay. He injured his shoulder in the preseason. Receiver Jon Baldwin (hamstring) is questionable. As expected, running back Peyton Hillis (ankle) and defensive end Glenn Dorsey (calf) will not play Sunday. They could return Oct. 28 at home against Oakland. The Chiefs have a bye next week.

Denver left tackle Ryan Clady tweaked his hamstring this week and he did not practice Thursday. He will be monitored going into Monday night’s game at San Diego. Denver receiver Demaryius Thomas (hip) and linebacker Keith Brooking (concussion) practiced fully Friday after they were both limited Thursday.

For San Diego, left tackle Jared Gaither (groin) did not practice for the second straight day with a groin injury. UPDATE: San Diego coach Norv Turner indicated that Gaither will have difficulty playing Monday night. If that is the case, undrafted rookie Mike Harris would start. He played for Gaither at the start of the season because Gaither had a back problem.

San Diego receiver Eddie Royal (hamstring) did not practice Friday after being limited Thursday and receiver Malcom Floyd (groin) was limited.

For Oakland, tight end Richard Gordon (hamstring) has been ruled out of the game at Atlanta on Sunday and defensive tackle Tommy Kelly (foot) is questionable.

Monday night’s game will be shown locally in San Diego.

Oakland coach Dennis Allen told reporters Friday that pass-rusher Andre Carter will make his Raiders’ debut at Atlanta as a rotational player.

AFC West roster movement

September, 18, 2012
UT-San Diego reports the Chargers did not sign cornerback Chris Carr after a workout Tuesday. I could see Oakland showing interest. The Raiders are looking for cornerbacks because of major issues at the position.

The Raiders waived long snapper Nick Guess. He was signed as insurance for Jon Condo last week. But Condo recovered from a concussion he suffered in Week 1 against the Chargers.

The Broncos put rookie offensive lineman Philip Blake on the injured reserve for a thumb injury. Denver promoted center C.J. Davis and signed guard Adam Grant to the practice squad.

Brandon Flowers looks ready to play

September, 13, 2012
The Kansas City Chiefs’ secondary is getting some much-needed relief.

It appears Brandon Flowers will play at Buffalo on Sunday. Flowers practiced fully for the first time since July 31 when he suffered a foot injury. This has to be a sign Flowers could see some action against Buffalo. He was limited all last week, but he did not play in a 40-24 loss to Atlanta.

In other AFC West news:
  • The San Diego Chargers received a 24-year hour extensions to sell out Qualcomm Stadium and avoid a local television blackout Sunday against Tennessee. The game must be proclaimed a sell-out by 3:25 p.m. ET Friday to avoid the blackout. The team has to sell about 2,1-00 tickets to sell-out the game.
  • Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain (ankle) and running back Taiwan Jones (ribs) were both limited in practice Thursday after they were both held out Wednesday. That is a sign they're both on pace to play Sunday at Miami.
  • Oakland long snapper Jon Condo is still out of practice. He has to be cleared after suffering a concussion Monday night. If Condo can’t play Sunday, the Raiders plan to promote the newly signed Nick Guess from the practice squad.
  • Denver nickel cornerback Chris Harris did not practice Thursday with an ankle injury he suffered against Pittsburgh. The Broncos would miss Harris if he can’t play against the pass-happy Falcons on Monday night. He’d be replaced by Tony Carter.
  • Denver receiver Demaryius Thomas talks about life with Peyton Manning in a radio interview.