AFC West: Rodney Wright

Chiefs notes: Cassel moving better

September, 16, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com’s Bill Williamson


Matt Cassel is making strides toward making his Kansas City debut Sunday at home against Oakland. He didn’t play in Baltimore in the opener because of a knee injury he suffered Aug. 29.

The issue has been Cassel’s mobility. With him moving better in a pivotal Wednesday practice, Cassel is clearly moving in the right direction. If he can make continued strides during the next three days, Cassel should be on the field against Oakland.

The Chiefs added receiver Lance Long to their practice squad. They released receiver Rodney Wright from the practice squad to make room for Long. Long was on Arizona’s practice squad last year where Kansas City coach Todd Haley was the offensive coordinator.

The Chiefs worked out tight end Leonard Pope on Tuesday. He played for Haley in Arizona. They also worked out receivers Courtney Roby and David Terrell (for the second time in five weeks) in addition to Bobby Wade, who was signed.

Meanwhile, it is being reported that the Eagles will not sign tackle Jon Runyan at this time. Runyan worked out for the Chiefs last week.

More AFC West practice squad news

September, 6, 2009
9/06/09
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Posted by ESPN.com’s Bill Williamson


Here is Denver’s announcement of its practice squad:
The Denver Broncos on Sunday signed tight end Marquez Branson, cornerback Tony Carter, guard Mitch Erickson, cornerback D.J. Johnson, inside linebacker Braxton Kelley, defensive lineman Everette Pedescleaux, running back Darius Walker and wide receiver Matthew Willis to their practice squad
Here is Kansas City’s seven-man list. The limit is eight: The Oakland Tribune has six practice-squad additions in Oakland.

AFC West news and notes

April, 7, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

The San Diego Union Tribune looks at how the Kellen Winslow contract in Tampa Bay could affect a new contract for San Diego tight end Antonio Gates. The team would like to finalize contract extensions for both Gates and quarterback Philip Rivers. Regardless of Winslow's big deal, Gates is sure to break the bank.

The Chiefs' return to Missouri from Wisconsin for training camp may have some snags.

The Broncos trade of quarterback Jay Cutler cost the team $1.9 million in salary cap space because of contract escalators.

The Chiefs signed receiver Rodney Wright and long snapper Tanner Purdum. Wright was on Buffalo's practice squad six years ago. He most recently played in the Arena Football League. Purdum last played at Baker University in 2007. Both Wright and Purdum have to be considered long shots to make Kansas City's 53-man roster.

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