AFC West: Osi Umenyiora

The Buffalo Bills, owners of the 10th pick in Thursday's first round of the NFL draft, are reportedly high on Alabama safety Mark Barron. There has been rampant talk that the Chargers would like to trade up to get Barron.

San Diego has the No. 18 pick. It previously appeared that the Chargers would have to get to the No. 12 range to get Barron; perhaps they will have to climb higher. If the Chargers want to jump ahead of Buffalo to grab Barron, they might have to part with that No. 18 pick, the No. 49 pick and a late-rounder.

We might soon see exactly how much the Chargers covet Barron.

In other AFC West news:

NFL Network reported that the Giants could potentially part with pass-rusher Osi Umenyiora for a third-round pick this week. I’m not saying it’s going to happen, but if I think the Chargers should consider it.

Oakland’s first pick in the draft is No. 95. The last team to have its first pick past that selection is Cleveland in 2008. Its first pick was No. 104.

Kansas City tight end Tony Moeaki reiterated Tuesday that he expects to be back for training camp. He suffered a torn ACL last September. is reporting that San Diego free-agent receiver Malcom Floyd is close to making a decision and there are about five teams vying for him, including the Chargers.

I know the Chargers would like him back, but they aren’t going to break the bank. So, if there is a bidding war, I don’t see the Chargers playing along. I think the best chance of Floyd returning to San Diego is if all of the offers are similar and he wants to stay in San Diego.

If Floyd isn’t signed, the Chargers will likely look for a veteran receiver at some point.

In other AFC West nuggets:
  • The Raiders have brought back center Samson Satele. He is good insurance on the line. The team is starting second-round pick draft Stefen Wisniewski. Satele would potentially play guard as the Raiders try to figure out the best mix on the line. It seems the team is continuing to stay away from tackle Mario Henderson because of conditioning concerns.
  • ESPN’s John Clayton tweets that the Raiders still have to clear $10 million in cap room. With a major need at tight end (Kevin Boss, anyone?), the Raiders better clear the room. While $10 million seems like a lot, it is not overly daunting. Oakland can get there with some restructured deals.
  • The Chargers tried to reunite a new coach with a former player, but it didn’t work.
  • In an Insider piece, here are the over/under projections for each NFL team in 2011.
  • Kansas City quarterback Matt Cassel talks about the progress of training camp in a radio interview.
  • ESPN’s Rick Reilly has a wonderful story on how Kansas City tight end Leonard Pope saved a boy from drowning during the lockout. A must read.
UPDATE: ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting the Giants are no longer allowing defensive and Osi Umenyiora to seek a trade. It has been reported that Denver and San Diego had interest. It will be interesting to see where this story goes after this twist.

AFC West notes

August, 3, 2011
It is being reported that the Giants have dropped the asking price from a first-round pick to a second-round pick for defensive end Osi Umenyiora. The Broncos and Chargers are both reportedly interested in him. Now that the price has dropped, something could move quickly.
The New York Daily News reports Denver and San Diego are two of the five teams that have expressed interest in New York Giants’ defensive end Osi Umenyiora.

The Giants reportedly want at least a first-round draft pick. It is unlikely any team would give up that type of bounty. The general consensus is that if the Giants are willing to accept a second-round pick, they will likely get willing takers. Umenyiora’s new team will likely have to give him a new deal as part of any trade. He had 11.5 sacks last season and he has 52 sacks in his past five seasons.

On Monday, we looked at the chances of the four AFC West teams making a run at Umenyiora.

I’m a little surprised Denver, which is desperately trying to upgrade its defensive line, is interested. The Broncos have several young pass-rushers, and draft picks are at a premium for this rebuilding team.

Umenyiora would be an interesting fit with a veteran team like the Chargers who want to make a major playoff push. But such deals are out of character for the team.

Clearly this development is worth watching. Interestingly, during the 2010 draft, reported that the Broncos and Chargers were interested in Umenyiora.
ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio is reporting the New York Giants have given defensive end Osi Umenyiora permission to seek a trade.

Could he help an AFC West team? Sure, he can help any of the teams in the division. Umenyiora, 29, has 52 sacks in his last five seasons and he had 11.5 sacks last season.

But there are complications. The Giants are reportedly seeking, at least, a first-round draft pick, and Umenyiora will want a huge, new contract from any team that deals for him. Let’s look at the chances of him landing with each AFC West team.

Denver: The Broncos have several young pass-rushers they want to see develop. It wouldn’t be prudent to give big dollars to Umenyiora.

Kansas City: Umenyiora would make the Chiefs’ defense deadly. But the Chiefs have to pay Tamba Hali, who led the AFC with 14.5 sacks last year, at some point. He is their franchise player. If there is any way the Chiefs could pay both players and get Umenyiora for a second-rounder, it’d be a great move. But those are a couple of big ifs.

Oakland: This is the type of move Al Davis would make. But the Raiders are strong on the defensive front and they can’t afford to lose their first-round pick next year because they don’t have a second-rounder. So, this pairing doesn’t make a lot of sense.

San Diego: Umenyiora would be an interesting fit, but this type of bold move is out of the Chargers’ character and they are set defensively.

AFC West links: Praising Tamba Hali

May, 27, 2011
Denver Broncos

The Broncos have a new television partner. KUSA-9, the NBC affiliate in Denver, will televise the Broncos' preseason games as well as a weekly program with John Elway.

Denver Hall of Fame running back Floyd Little will be taking a new job as a special assistant at his alma mater, Syracuse.

Kansas City Chiefs

Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora had some words of praise for Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali.

Oakland Raiders

About 25 Oakland Raiders worked out at a suburban Atlanta swimming pool as part of a minicamp organized by defensive tackle Richard Seymour. takes a look back at the 12 highest-scoring regular-season games in franchise history.

San Diego Chargers

Jacques Cesaire still wants to be a Charger, even though the team drafted his eventual replacement in Corey Liuget. "I look at it like if I do come back to the Chargers, if they want me back, I got a new brother," Cesaire said. "The last guy the Chargers drafted in the first round to replace me, I ended up being in his wedding."

Does the signing of Bob Sanders prior to the lockout make fellow safety Eric Weddle expendable?