A.J. Smith could have stayed in the AFC West.
But apparently, the former San Diego general manager is moving East. U-T San Diego is reporting that Smith, fired by the Chargers at the end of the season, is expected to join Washington’s scouting department, where he will work with fellow longtime former AFC West stalwart Mike Shanahan. For what it is worth, I heard similar chatter this morning upon leaving the NFL combine in Indianapolis.
The paper reported Smith also talked to the Chiefs and the Patriots about a scouting role. Smith is a good football man. I doubt he will get a chance to be a general manager again, but he belongs in the league and it looks like he is on the doorstep of joining again.
In other AFC West notes:
The Eagles cut defensive linemen Cullen Jenkins and Mike Patterson. New Kansas City coach and former Philadelphia coach Andy Reid could have interest in both players. The Chiefs are expecting change on the defensive front, so there will be some openings.
As expected, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports Oakland is trying to restructure Carson Palmer's deal. He is on the books for more than $13 million on the salary cap in 2013. There is no way Oakland is going to keep him at that number. If Palmer balks at a restructuring, Oakland could cut him. But the team wants to work something out.