AFC West: Perrish Cox

AFC West notes

June, 11, 2012
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The agent for tight end Tory Humphrey tweeted that the player has signed with the Oakland Raiders. He has 13 career catches since beginning his career in 2005. He played three seasons in Green Bay where new Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie was an executive. He was also in New Orleans when new Oakland coach Dennis Allen was there.

The Raiders need help at tight end. However, Humphrey has yet to show he can be a consistent performer.

A woman who accused former Denver Broncos cornerback Perrish Cox of sexual assault has filed a lawsuit seeking unspecified damages against Cox and current Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas. Cox was acquitted in a criminal case in March. He has since signed with the 49ers.

Kansas City backup center Rob Bruggeman was assaulted in Iowa over the weekend in an unprovoked attack.
As expected, the Chargers are in the process of cutting left tackle Marcus McNeill.

UT-San Diego is reporting that McNeill’s agent has said McNeill will be cut Tuesday. The Chargers will have about $6 million in salary-cap room with the release.

McNeill is being cut because he has still not been medically cleared to resume playing. Because the Chargers owed him a bonus in the coming days, San Diego had no choice. McNeill spent last season on injured reserve with a neck issue. There is a chance McNeill could come back to San Diego with a lesser deal.

McNeill is the second starting offensive lineman in San Diego to leave this team in the past couple of weeks. Guard Kris Dielman retired because of health issues.

Center Nick Hardwick is a free agent, as is Jared Gaither, who replaced McNeill. The Chargers badly want to re-sign both players. If not, there will be dramatic change on the team’s offensive line. Nearly three weeks ago, at the NFL combine, San Diego general manager A.J. Smith said it was the team’s biggest current issue and it remains the team’s biggest issue as we are closing in on the start of free agency.

In other AFC West news:

San Francisco signed former Denver cornerback Perrish Cox. He was recently found not guilty in a sexual assault case in Denver that could have resulted in him being in prison for the rest of his life. He was with the Broncos when he was arrested, but the Broncos later cut him.

My thoughts on the decision of Denver’s D.J. Williams and Ryan McBean to sue the NFL over their recent six-game suspension for using a banned substance: Why not? The players have nothing to lose, and the Ryan Braun situation in MLB shows it’s a worthwhile try for the players.

Former Denver receiver Brandon Stokley explains in a radio interview his involvement in Peyton Manning's trip to Denver last weekend.
In an Insider piece, Insider Gary Horton of Scouts Inc. looks at the five best destinations for San Diego free agent receiver Vincent Jackson. In the end, though, Horton reasons that the best spot for Jackson is to stay in San Diego. That’s the scenario both Jackson and the Chargers want.

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However, because there is a remote chance the Chargers will place the franchise tag on Jackson by Monday’s deadline, the more likely scenario is that the Chargers and Jackson will discuss a deal once he hits the open market. If the Chargers are in the same range of Jackson’s best offer, he will likely be inclined to stay in San Diego.

In other AFC West news:

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the Titans are not expected to place the franchise tag on cornerback Cortland Finnegan. That is relevant to the AFC West for a couple of reasons. Finnegan will provide competition for Kansas City cornerback Brandon Carr on the open market. Finnegan will also likely attract the interest of the Broncos and the Raiders. Both teams are looking for cornerbacks, although Finnegan will be pricey on the open market.

Former Denver cornerback Perrish Cox was acquitted in a sexual assault trial Friday. I have been asked often Friday if I think the Broncos could re-sign him. I don’t see it. I think the Broncos have moved on. Perhaps Cox will get a chance elsewhere in the NFL, but I don’t expect it to be in Denver.

In a radio interview, San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers talks about the retirement of guard Kris Dielman, and how strange it was to recently work out with a division rival.

An Insider piece connects LSU defensive tackle Michael Brockers to the Broncos. I think the Broncos would do back flips if Brockers was available at No. 25.

Former NFL coach Brian Billick looks at why he thinks the Chiefs are a good fit for Peyton Manning.
San Diego guard Kris Dielman conducted an emotional news conference Thursday to announce his retirement.

The news conference was attended by several teammates, coaches and team employees. An under-the-radar mauler, Dielman was reportedly full of emotion as he was forced to prematurely end his career at the age of 31. Teammates were reportedly choked up, too.

"I gave everything I had,” Dielman said. “It ended a little early but it is the right thing to do. I had a blast.”

Dielman is retiring because physicians warned him of potential long-term effects of a serious concussion he suffered at the New York Jets in October that ended his season. Dielman suffered a seizure on the plane flight home that night. Here are my thoughts on the end of a great career.

In other AFC West news:

NFL.com is reporting the Raiders will franchise safety Tyvon Branch. I will be back soon with some thoughts.

The sexual assault case of former Denver cornerback Perrish Cox has gone to the jury.

An Insider pieceInsider connects Cal linebacker Mychal Kendricks to the Chargers in the draft.
The Washington Post reports the Redskins might make a run at San Diego Chargers receiver Vincent Jackson in free agency.

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I can see this happening. The Redskins were one of the teams that considered trading for Jackson while he held out in the 2010 season. Washington coach Mike Shanahan has long been an admirer of Jackson, as the Broncos nearly drafted Jackson at No. 56 in the 2005 draft when Shanahan was at the helm in Denver. However, the Broncos took cornerback Darrent Williams. San Diego selected Jackson five picks later.

If the Redskins are, indeed in on Jackson, that could be problematic for the Chargers. San Diego would like to sign Jackson even though the team expects him to get to free agency. There's still a remote chance the Chargers could give Jackson the franchise tag (for the second straight year) by Monday’s deadline, but the more likely scenario is him getting to the open market.

The Redskins have been known to throw around wild money, so if they really are going to offer Jackson, it could be out of the Chargers’ range. If Jackson does leave, San Diego will look for a replacement in free agency. The Colts’ Reggie Wayne could be an option if that scenario develops.

In other AFC West news:

— Denver receiver Demaryius Thomas is testifying in the sexual assault trial of former Denver cornerback Perrish Cox.

In an Insider piece Insider, Todd McShay has a new rankings list of first-round picks to reflect combine performances.

Here is a portion of an interview Oakland quarterback Carson Palmer conducted Wednesday on SiriusXM NFL Radio with hosts Adam Schein and Rich Gannon.
The Denver Post reports the Broncos have cut embattled cornerback Perrish Cox.

The paper said Cox’s release was football-related. But Cox’s name looms large in Denver for other reasons. He will go to trial in October on sexual-assault charges that could imprison him for life. Cox didn’t perform well this preseason. The fifth-round pick in 2010 started nine games last season and looked to have a bright future. He was arrested during last season.

I don’t feel comfortable coming to any conclusions before such a serious trial. But I’m sure this decision will play well in Denver regardless of the reasons.

Cox could have a hard time finding another job until his legal issues are resolved.

Who's on the bubble?

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As far as I’m concerned the 53-man cut-down date (which occurs Saturday) is an overrated event.

Many players who survive the cut end up being gameday inactives during most of the season and teams are always looking to improve the back end of the roster. Yet, the final cutdown time is upon us, so let’s look at some of the players on the bubble for each AFC West team:

Denver: There’s not a ton of big names here that stand out as certain bubble players. Safeties Darcel McBath and David Bruton, both taken in 2009, could get the axe. Second-year cornerback Perrish Cox -- who is facing an October sexual assault trial that could imprison him for life -- could also be on the bubble. But the season-ending Achilles injury to key backup cornerback Syd’Quan Thompson could help Cox’s cause to make the team.

Kansas City: There’s not a lot big names here, either. Receivers Verran Tucker, Jeremy Horne and Keary Colbert are fighting for a spot. Running back Jackie Battle is likely an odd-man out. Defensive backs Donald Washington, Rashard Langford, Sabby Piscitelli and Travis Daniels are also on the bubble.

Oakland: Defensive backs Walter McFadden, Jeremy Ware, Steve Brown and Sterling Moore are all on the bubble. It will be interesting to see what happens there. Veteran running back Michael Bennett could also be on his way out as well as receiver/punt returner Nick Miller.

San Diego: The Chargers’ receiver situation is interesting. It looks like Bryan Walters could make the team. But what about Seji Ajirotutu, Laurent Robinson and Kelley Washington? Veteran linebacker Stephen Cooper and Kevin Bentley are on the bubble as is rookie undrafted quarterback Scott Tolzien.

What are your thoughts about the final cut downs. Fill up the comment section below with your thoughts.
Terrelle Pryor is wearing No. 6 in Oakland. He wore No. 2 at Ohio State. The last player to wear No. 2 in Oakland was bust quarterback JaMarcus Russell. Nobody is ready to see that number behind center for in the Silver and Black quite yet. It’s kind of a reverse number retirement.

In other AFC West nuggets Friday afternoon:

Denver owner Pat Bowlen told the Denver Post he likes the “energy” new coach John Fox has brought to his team. Times have been tough for Bowlen, who is not used to this losing stuff. He wants to win badly.

Is Fox is the man to do it? We’ll see, but from being at Denver’s camp last week, I can tell there is a renewed stability in the building after the Josh McDaniels' disaster and that players enjoy working for the experienced Fox.

It’s never too early to start thinking about the 2012 draft.

Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. thinks Kansas City safety Eric Berry is one of the game’s rising stars.

A former UFL player is making folks notice him in the Chargers’ secondary.

Denver quarterback Kyle Orton is back at practice after his wife reportedly gave birth. He left during Thursday’s practice.

Denver cornerback Perrish Cox was in court Friday. He goes to trial on sexual assault charges in October.
The Denver Broncos have cut running back LenDale White, according to the Denver Post.

White, a Denver native, was signed by the Broncos last year, but he missed the entire year with an injury. He wasn’t going to be counted on as anything more than a backup, and I’m sure Denver is looking for youth behind Knowshon Moreno and Willis McGahee.

This move is a good sign for Jeremiah Johnson. The second-year Oregon product is making a big push to make the 53-man roster. He played well in the preseason opener at Dallas.

In other Denver notes Tuesday:

A Denver columnist is calling for the Broncos to cut cornerback Perrish Cox. He is going to trial in October on sexual assault charges. He faces a potential life sentence if he is found guilty.

Cincinnati released veteran tackle Tank Johnson. The Broncos could be in the market for a defensive tackle because of the injuries to Ty Warren and Marcus Thomas. Both players were hurt Monday, and Warren could be out for quite some time with a triceps injury.
The San Diego Chargers brought back free-agent Stephen Cooper with a one-year deal.

It is clear Cooper came back to the Chargers after he saw no viable offers on the free-agent market. The Chargers thought Cooper would leave as a free agent.

Cooper will likely provide depth and insurance behind youngsters Donald Butler and Jonas Mouton to play alongside new addition Takeo Spikes as an inside linebacker.

“We are happy Coop decided to return to the Chargers,” San Diego general manager A.J. Smith said. “He wanted to explore the free agent market and weigh his options. He will bring his experience and more veteran leadership to our linebacker corps.”

Cooper gives the team another veteran option. It was a good move by San Diego to bring him back.

In other AFC West nuggets Friday night:

Here is another way San Diego undrafted rookie sensation Daryl Gamble could make the Chargers’ roster.

In an Insider piece, Mel Kiper looks at how free agency has affected each AFC team.

Denver cornerback Perrish Cox has ground to make up if he is going to make the Broncos’ roster. Cox is facing an October sexual assault trial.

Oakland coach Hue Jackson was thrilled with the play of rookie offensive lineman Stefen Wisniewski. The second-round pick will either start at center or guard.

Evening AFC West notes

July, 22, 2011
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Oakland defensive lineman Richard Seymour attended the funeral of Myra Kraft, the wife of New England owner Robert Kraft, Friday. Seymour was traded to Oakland from New England nearly two years ago. Seymour has expressed displeasure with the way the Patriots, in particular coach Bill Belichick, handled his departure. It was a classy move by Seymour to attend the funeral. Myra Kraft died of cancer. She was a favorite of many Patriots’ players and their families.

In other AFC West news:

The Denver Post has new details in the case against Denver cornerback Perrish Cox. His trial is set for October. He could face a maximum of life in prison if convicted of rape. He is free on bail and he is still part of the Broncos.

The Broncos released this statement regarding the Cox case:

“The allegations involving Perrish Cox are extremely serious and troubling to our organization. We will continue to monitor this situation very closely.”
  • The Oakland Tribune looks at the challenges the Raiders will have re-signing free-agent tight end Zach Miller. I expect Miller to be back. The Raiders love him and they usually take care of their own. Losing Miller would be crushing and the Raiders know it.
  • The Broncos hired former Buffalo player Jerry Butler as the team’s director of player development.

AFC West links: Breakthrough in Oakland?

July, 13, 2011
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Denver Broncos

Jeff Legwold of The Denver Post says the Broncos plan to be active in free agency once the market opens.

Lawyers for Perrish Cox urged police not to release an affidavit that "lays out evidence supporting sexual-assault charges against the cornerback."

Kansas City Chiefs

Chiefs cornerback Donald Washington is nervous that the lockout will continue to drag on.

With Mike Vrabel out of the picture, the Chiefs need to find someone to play opposite Tamba Hali.

Oakland Raiders

Steve Corkran of the Sporting News: "The Raiders are convinced they are on the precipice of a major breakthrough this season. However, they face a much tougher schedule in 2011 and will be hard pressed to duplicate their impressive feat of going undefeated in the AFC West."

San Diego Chargers

Jay Clemons of the National Football Post uses Ryan Mathews as an example of a player who didn't live up to expectations in his rookie season.

Brian Wright compiles a list of the 11 worst excuses in NFL history, and Shawne Merriman comes in at No. 11.
It is the opinion of NFC South blogger Pat Yasinskas that former Chiefs star tight end Tony Gonzalez should be a first-ballot Hall of Famer.

My thoughts? Well, if I had a vote, he’d be on my ballot every time until he was bronzed. It took Denver tight end Shannon Sharpe, who will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this summer, three tries. I thought he should have gotten into the Hall on his first try. And Gonzalez has even better numbers.

In other AFC West nuggets Thursday:

An arrest affidavit detailing the sexual assault allegations against Broncos cornerback Perrish Cox will be released next week. Cox is charged with one count of sexual assault while the victim was physically helpless and one count of sexual assault while the victim was incapable of determining the nature of the conduct. Cox has pleaded not guilty and is scheduled to go on trial in October.

The Oakland Tribune looks where Oakland cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha ranks on the list of the NFL’s best players.

Former Kansas City Pro Bowl safety Deron Cherry understands the NFL labor dispute.

There is an AFC West feel to this list of the best outside linebackers in the NFL.
Scouts Inc.'s Matt Williamson looks at AFC West players on the verge of a breakout in 2011.

The switch to the Denver Broncos’ new 4-3 defense might favor Robert Ayers more than any other player on Denver’s roster. The former 2009 first round pick fits his new defensive end role better than playing outside linebacker in the old 3-4 scheme. This 25-year-old could be poised to take a big step in the right direction next season.

Ayers is a sturdy end who can secure the edge in the run game. As of right now, he is better versus the run than the pass, but he does have some upside as a pass-rusher. He should benefit from the attention that Elvis Dumervil will demand on the opposite side on most downs and surely the attention that rookie Von Miller will command as a pass-rusher on throwing downs. When Miller does line up with his hand on the ground, Ayers could potentially take on a Justin Tuck-like role as a tough interior pass-rusher who can out-quick his slower interior offensive line opponent. But so far, Ayers has recorded only one and a half sacks in his three seasons in the league. Obviously that isn’t good enough. If Denver adds a defensive tackle or two in free agency with pass-rush skills, Ayers could find himself as a two-down player.

Both Dumervil (knee) and Ayers (foot) missed time with injuries last season. Before his injury, Ayers was playing very well -- even in his new role at linebacker. But he wasn’t the same when he returned after missing five games in the middle of the season. A fresh Ayers could take a big step forward.

Other players that I considered include Perrish Cox and Chris Kuper. Two wideouts also crossed my mind -- Eddie Royal could certainly rebound well and play like he did as a rookie, and Eric Decker's skill set could make him one of the more reliable receivers in this league before long.

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Denver Broncos second-year cornerback Perrish Cox will go to trial in a sexual assault case that could put him prison him for the rest of his life.

Cox pleaded not guilty in a Douglas County, Colo., courtroom to sexual assault charges. Cox is charged with one count of sexual assault while the victim was physically helpless and one count of sexual assault while the victim was incapable of determining the nature of the conduct.

The trial is set to start Oct. 18. The Broncos have a bye on Oct. 16. They play at Miami on Oct. 23.

Court documents say the alleged assault happened on Sept. 6. He was arrested Dec. 9 and is free on bond. Cox continued to play last season after his arrest. Cox was a fifth-round draft pick in 2010. He started nine games last season. He had 59 tackles and one interception.

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