AFC West: Ralph Vitolo

The Kansas City Chiefs have been connected to free-agent fullback Vonta Leach for as long as he’s been on the market. New Kansas City general manager John Dorsey was the scout who helped bring Leach to Green Bay as an undrafted free agent nine years ago. Yet, Kansas City is still an unlikely destination for the fullback.

Leach’s agent, Ralph Vitolo, told a Houston television station that five teams are in on Leach. He said Miami, Houston and the New York Giants are the leaders, while the Chiefs and Ravens are also in the mix.

I spoke with Vitolo to gauge the talks with the Chiefs. He said there haven’t been any recent talks, but there has been mutual interest. Still, the Chiefs are tight against the salary cap and they must sign No. 1 overall pick Eric Fisher. Leach would be a luxury signing, so I think the odds are against the Chiefs signing him.

Vitolo said he hopes to find a new team for his client next week.

In other AFC West notes:

Oakland first-round pick D.J. Hayden wrote a blog for the team’s website on his impressions of this week’s rookie symposium in Ohio.

Meanwhile, a Kansas City personnel man gave the harsh truth to the rookies at the symposium. Considering the events in New England this week, hearing reality is exactly what the incoming players need.

The Chargers and the Broncos had success completing touchdown passes in the red zone in 2012.
John Dorsey was the scout who helped bring Vonta Leach to the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted free agent in 2004.

So it is natural to think Dorsey, now the general manager of the Kansas City Chiefs, could have some interest in the fullback now that he is a free agent. The Baltimore Ravens cut Leach this week and has now been linked to the Chiefs and Broncos.

Leach's agent, Ralph Vitolo, said he talked to Dorsey this week and has not talked to the Broncos. Vitolo said Dorsey was “non-committal” but said perhaps the team could interest in Leach at some point. The Chiefs have several young fullbacks and I can see Leach getting a look if the Chiefs want a veteran presence the position.

In other AFC West notes:

The Chiefs claimed pass-rusher Austen Lane off waivers after the Jacksonville Jaguars cut him on Thursday. He was a fifth-round pick in 2010 and has 16 starts. He could be a backup outside linebacker in the Chiefs’ 3-4 defense. Defensive tackle Daniel Muir was cut to make room for Lane.

Former Oakland Raiders safety Matt Giordano has signed with the St. Louis Rams. Giordano started 22 games for Oakland over the past two seasons. Giordano was a high-effort player, but he isn’t considered a solid starter and is more of player that adds depth. The Raiders signed Charles Woodson, who is a big upgrade over Giordano.

The San Diego Chargers announced Dr. David Chao has left the team because he wants to spend more time with his family. He was under fire from the NFLPA because of malpractice allegations. He has not implicated after a recent investigation.

A group of Broncos will attend the funeral of the parents of running backs coach Eric Studesville in Madison, Wisconsin. The couple was killed last week in a motorcycle accident in Texas.