AFC West: Ray Farmer
A day after the Chiefs kept their three top free agents; they kept the serviceable Tyson Jackson at a much reduced rate.
The Chiefs needed the salary cap relief after signing receiver Dwayne Bowe and punter Dustin Colquitt to a significant contracts Monday. The team also gave left tackle Branden Albert the franchise tag at more than $9.7 million and it is adding quarterback Alex Smith.
So, the Chiefs have received major cap relief and they get to keep Jackson.
Jackson has never lived up to his draft status. He has improved and he is very solid against the run. The fact that the new Kansas City regime believes in him, should inspire Jackson.
The Chiefs will probably do more 4-3 looks on third down and Jackson can move inside, which could spark an already strong pass rush.
With Jackson taken care of, the Chiefs are still expected to cut quarterback Matt Cassel.
Meanwhile, longtime Kansas City personnel man Ray Farmer went to Cleveland to be the assistant general manager. He had been in talks with the Browns for some time. Expect the new Kansas City regime to add some personnel people at some point.
The Chicago Sun-Times reports Colts’ offensive coordinator Bruce Arians is a finalist for the Chicago head coaching job. He is set to interview in San Diego on Wednesday. The Eagles announced Seattle defensive coordinator Gus Bradley is getting a second interview Tuesday.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported earlier Monday that Bradley may be a favorite for the San Diego job along with Denver offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, who interviewed with the Chargers on Monday. Schefter reported the San Diego job is the one McCoy, who has interested from all five teams, wants. Arizona, believed to be highly interested in McCoy, and will interview him for a second time Tuesday.
The Chargers have been interviewing candidates for the past several days. With the process heating up around the league, we may see some decisions made soon.
In other AFC West news:
- New Kansas City coach Andy Reid confirmed the expected -- the Chiefs will stay a 3-4 defense and that he will call the offensive plays. Also, the Kansas City Star reports defensive staff holdovers Gary Gibbs (linebackers) and Emmitt Thomas (secondary) may remain on the staff.
- Kansas City front-office man Ray Farmer is a finalist Cleveland general manager job, according to Fox Sports. He probably doesn’t have much of a future in Kansas City, anyway. He was bypassed in favor of John Dorsey for the general manager job.
- The Broncos’ brass stands by its late-game decisions in a double overtime loss to the Ravens on Saturday.
Schefter reports the Browns will interview Kansas City personnel man Ray Farmer for their general manger job. It is unclear if the Chiefs’ new regime wants to keep Farmer, but CBS Sports reported he interviewed for the open general manager job in Kansas City. Still, it is very much expected to go to Green Bay personnel man John Dorsey.
Former Denver backup quarterback Jeff Lewis died at the age of 39.
U-T San Diego reports that left tackle Jared Gaither is not a popular figure in the Chargers’ locker-room, and if for some reason the team wants to bring him back (they very likely won’t), his teammates will not be happy. Don’t expect it to be an issue. The Chargers are moving on at left tackle. Gaither is enormously gifted, but he hasn’t shown he wants to play enough.
Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson
The Kansas City Chiefs announced several additions to their scouting department Friday.
General manager Scott Pioli hired Phil Emery as director of college scouting. Emery was previously with Atlanta and has 12 years of NFL experience.
The Chiefs also added Jim Nagy as a regional scout and Jay Muraco and Pat Sperduto as area scouts. Nagy and Muraco worked with Pioli in New England.
The team announced that Ray Farmer will stay on as the team's director of pro personnel. Earlier this week, the team fired several members of the scouting team, including college scouting director Chuck Cook and personnel executive Bill Kurarich.
Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson
The Kansas City Chiefs continued to make changes to their front office Wednesday by firing vice president of player personnel Bill Kuharich on Wednesday after a morning meeting.
The ax has been flying in Kansas City. Several scouts, including college scouting director Chuck Cook, were fired Monday, a day after the draft.
Due to the new regime, the firing spree in Kansas City is not a total surprise. Scott Pioli took over as general manager in January. He is expected to put a nearly new front office together this spring.
One of the few remaining holdovers thus far is director of player personnel Ray Farmer. He has one year remaining on his contract.