AFC West: Terrance Newman

The Kansas City Chiefs took advantage of the glut of available cornerbacks and added to what could be one of the NFL’s best units. They beat out the rival Oakland Raiders in the process.

The Chiefs signed former Dolphins cornerback Sean Smith. Oakland was trying to sign him as well. He was one of the best cornerbacks available, but the market has been soft.

The Chiefs added Dunta Robinson last Friday. He is a starting-quality player, but he is best served as a nickelback. The team also has standout Brandon Flowers. Adding Smith is a nice coup for Kansas City.

Oakland badly needs a cornerback, and Smith would have been the team's best. But the Chiefs won the battle.

In other AFC West news:
  • New Denver cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie said one of the reasons that he agreed to sign with the Broncos is the coaching he will get. He said his visit with Broncos coaches wasn’t all roses. He was told he needed to improve and he liked that.

    “When I came in, the one thing that stood out when talking to everybody, they didn’t really just talk about what I can do as a player, they pointed out my flaws and told me how they can help me get better,” he told reporters in Denver. "Just the guys they’ve got here, the coaching staff, I really bought into the system, to be honest.”

  • The Bengals reportedly will try to keep cornerback Terence Newman. He is visiting with the Raiders. It wouldn’t be a killer if Oakland loses out on Newman. There are plenty of good cornerback options still available.
  • The Dolphins are interested in San Diego cornerback Quentin Jammer.
One of the more interesting storylines of this fast-moving free-agency period will be the cornerback market.

The Broncos (Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie) and San Diego (Derek Cox) got things started late Wednesday night with signings. All four AFC West teams went into free agency needing cornerbacks. The Chiefs signed Dunta Robinson on Friday. Even with those signings, the Chargers and Chiefs are probably still looking for cornerbacks. The Broncos are probably off the market. Oakland, which is hosting Cincinnati's Terence Newman, needs multiple cornerbacks.

It is a buyer’s market for cornerbacks and some bargains can be had.

In other AFC West notes:
  • For what it’s worth, the Raiders are represented at West Virginia’s pro day Thursday. They have been linked to quarterback Geno Smith with the No. 3 pick. But representation at pro days really doesn’t mean much. Most teams go to major pro days.
  • Green Bay receiver Greg Jennings is visiting Minnesota. There were some reports listing Oakland as a possible destination for Jennings. I think that would be a stupid move. Jennings would take up a huge part of the Raiders’ salary cap and they have much bigger needs on defense.
  • The more I think about it, the more I think Denver could target a running back with the No. 28 pick. It could target Alabama’s Eddie Lacy. The team is filling other holes quickly in free agency.
  • The slow market for pass-rushers could persuade Elvis Dumervil to accept a pay cut in Denver. If the deal Denver is offering isn’t totally awful, Dumervil might not be able to do better in a market that is drying up. A decision is expected by Friday.
  • The San Francisco Chronicle reports Detroit defensive lineman Corey Williams has left the Raiders’ facility without a deal. That doesn’t necessarily mean there will be no deal. He is not going to be a big-money player, anyway.
The Oakland Raiders are reportedly visiting with more defensive players.

Oakland signed three defensive players Wednesday. However, these two visitors are different because they are over 30.

The Raiders are meeting with Cincinnati cornerback Terence Newman and Detroit defensive tackle Corey Williams.

Newman, 34, has had a long, nice career, including a solid season in 2012. There are a lot of cornerbacks on the market, and Newman should come cheap. He is not near the top of the list, but he likely would have been Oakland’s best cornerback last season. The Raiders are in need of two starting cornerbacks.

Williams’ production has slipped. He was a solid player earlier in his career with Green Bay where Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie was. If Williams, 32, is signed, he would probably be a cheaper version of Tommy Kelly. Williams is expected to be cut by Detroit.