AFC West: Tom Condon

Elvis Dumervil’s new agent, Tom Condon, and the Denver Broncos lost an appeal to get the verbal agreement honored by the NFL. The agreement was turned in after the league's deadline on Friday.

It was considered a longshot, anyway because had the NFL honored the deal the rest of the league would have been upset.

The Denver Post reports that the Baltimore Ravens are currently negotiating with Dumervil. The Broncos want Dumervil back and he wants to return, but there are salary issues.

The Denver Post reports the Broncos' first choice to replace Dumervil, 29, if he signs elsewhere will be former Atlanta pass-rusher John Abraham. He was productive last season, but he will turn 35 in May.

In other AFC West notes:

Cornerback Terence Newman tweeted he may make his decision on a team later in the week, choosing between the Bengals and Raiders.

The Baltimore Sun reports former Oakland safety Michael Huff, who was cut last week, is receiving interest from Baltimore, Green Bay, Dallas and Tennessee.

Dallas reportedly is talking to Jets guard Matt Slauson. He reportedly received interest from Oakland early in free agency.

Raiders linebacker Nick Roach got a four-year with $5 million in guaranteed money.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft said receiver Wes Welker signed with Denver for less than what New England offered him. Welker signed a two-year, $12 million deal with the Broncos.

The Boston Globe reports the Patriots have shown some interest in right tackle Eric Winston, who was cut by the Chiefs. Winston has also visited with the Chargers.

Former San Diego pass-rusher Antwan Barnes has signed with the Jets on a three-year contract.

Raiders lose TE Brandon Myers

March, 16, 2013
The reality of the Oakland Raiders’ salary-cap issues struck again Saturday when tight end Brandon Myers signed with the New York Giants.

The Raiders have seen several good, young players leave the team during free agency. Myers had 79 catches and was the favorite target of quarterback Carson Palmer last year. Myers is a poor blocker and has some limitations in the receiving game. But he is a good player and the bottom line is Oakland needs all the good players it can get.

Tight end may be another hole. The team has young players David Ausberry and Richard Gordon at the position, but neither player is proven. Oakland will need to bring in a tight end in some form. Versatile fullback Marcel Reece can play in some tight end formations.

Oakland has been concentrating on adding defensive players in free agency. The Raiders have several free agents remaining, including punter Shane Lechler. The punter market has been slow. Lechler has been connected to Houston, but there have been reports the Texans may look elsewhere.

Meanwhile, cornerback Terence Newman has tweeted that he will make his decision on where to play in the coming days. Newman, who will be 35 in September, visited Oakland recently. He’d be a starter there.

In the Elvis Dumervil saga in Denver, USA Today reports Dumervil has interest from at least four teams, but he wants to return to Denver. That is believable since he did agree to a pay cut. The issue is whether the Broncos can figure a way to make it work.

The Denver Post is reporting Dumervil is close to hiring the powerful Tom Condon as his new agent. Condon is Peyton Manning’s agent. Condon clearly has a successful relationship with Denver’s brass. That may be another sign of Dumervil wanting to stay.
The thought of LaDainian Tomlinson ending his career in a Denver Broncos' uniform was interesting. But it was best for all parties that it never materialized.

Tomlinson told U-T San Diego that he considered signing with the Broncos. Tomlinson, who spent nine seasons with the Chargers before they cut in him in 2010, instead signed with San Diego and retired Monday.

Tomlinson and quarterback Peyton Manning share the same agent, Tom Condon.

“The only team I really gave a thought to was the Broncos, because of Peyton [Manning]," Tomlinson told the paper. "We talked. Tom talked with them ... It made me pause a little (and think), 'Was this what I really want to do?'

"I said, 'They got Peyton, they have a good defense already; they went deep in the playoffs with Tim Tebow, what are they going to do with Peyton?' I seriously thought about it."

I think the best scenario is the way it played out. Tomlinson, who turned 33 Saturday, is finished as a player. The move wouldn’t have helped Denver and playing for a division rival would have further tarnished his image in San Diego.

The fact that he made up with the team and retired now as a Charger was the best thing he could have done.