AFC West: Tony Ugoh

AFC West notes

August, 17, 2012
For the second time in training camp, a veteran offensive tackle has retired shortly after joining the Chiefs.

Friday, the team announced veteran tackle Ray Willis retired. He was in the Chiefs’ camp and he was a long shot to make the team.

Willis replaced Tony Ugoh, who retired shortly after signing with the Chiefs early in camp. Like Willis, the Chiefs were looking at Ugoh as a potential reserve. I would think Kansas City will look at veteran tackles after the final cuts are made Aug. 31.
There will not be a contract extension for Denver left tackle Ryan Clady in 2012.

The Denver Post reported that Monday’s team-imposed deadline passed without Clady and the team coming to an agreement. The paper reported the Broncos offered a five-year, $50 million deal for Clady, who is entering the final year of his contract.

If a new deal isn’t agreed upon after the season, Denver could always use the franchise tag. There is little chance Clady is not in Denver in 2013.

With the Clady talks stalled, the next left tackle in the division who could be in line for a new deal is the Chiefs’ Branden Albert. Don’t be surprised if talks heat up sometime in the next couple of months for the pending free agent.

In other AFC West news:

Tackle Tony Ugoh retired days after signing with the Chiefs. The team had hoped he’d provide depth. The team will likely look for more backup help through the summer.

Denver backup running back Knowshon Moreno practiced fully for the first time this summer. He is coming back from a torn ACL in his knee.

Kansas City offensive coordinator Brian Daboll is deferring questions about holdout receiver Dwayne Bowe to head coach Romeo Crennel. It makes sense, because Crennel is the spokesman for the team. However, he hasn’t had much to say about the holdout of Bowe, which was in its fourth day Monday. Bowe will show at some point, but the unsigned franchised player has not indicated at all when that might be.

Around the AFC West

July, 26, 2012
The Kansas City Chiefs have signed veteran offensive lineman Tony Ugoh, a second-round pick of the Colts in 2007. He has 28 starts in five NFL seasons. If he makes the team, it will be in a reserve role.

In other AFC West news:

New Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie told the Oakland Tribune the Raiders “have the makings of a playoff team.” Again, the key is health for this talented team that lacks depth.

Former Oakland linebacker Darryl Blackstock has signed with Baltimore.

San Diego has released tackle Tra Thomas from its reserve/retired list. He never played a game for the Chargers.

Rachel Nichols will work from the sidelines during the Chargers at Oakland game in a Week 1 "Monday Night Football” doubleheader on ESPN on Sept. 10.