AFC West: Vince Redd

Late AFC West news and notes

August, 24, 2009
Posted by's Bill Williamson

Wrapping a busy Monday in the AFC West on a day that Philip Rivers got paid and got paid big:

The Chargers cut cornerback Cletis Gordon. It is bit of a surprise. Gordon was given a second-round tender price this year. But the Chargers feel they are set at cornerback and the fleet Gordon wasn't progressing as well as the team hoped. It would not be a shock if Gordon were claimed via waiver.

Denver claimed defensive back Antwain Spann off waivers from Buffalo. He played for New England the past three years where new Denver coach Josh McDaniels was an assistant coach. Denver cut undrafted rookie receiver Travis Shelton.

The Raiders brought back linebacker Napoleon Harris and cut cornerback Ricky Manning Jr. Harris was brought in to help with Kirk Morrison out with an elbow injury. Morrison is expected back for the start of the regular season, so Harris may have trouble making time.

San Diego rookie Larry English is headed back on the practice field and he is expected to make his preseason debut this weekend.

It's being reported that Vince Redd was suspended by the NFL for four games. He was cut by the Chiefs on Monday.

Posted by's Bill Williamson

We just found out something about new Kansas City general manager Scott Pioli: He is going to aggressively try to fix problem areas.

After the Chiefs' offensive line struggled in the first two preseason games, Pioli has made a move to improve both the starting lineup and the depth on the unit.

Pioli acquired guard/tackle Ike Ndukwe and guard/center Andy Alleman from Miami. Ndukwe started 15 games at guard last season and he was moved to tackle this season. He could push both guard Mike Goff and tackle Barry Richardson in Kansas City. Both Goff and Richardson have struggled. Alleman could potentially push for a starting spot at guard if Ndukwe wins the tackle job.

Ndukwe and Alleman were Miami's starting guards in its playoff game against Baltimore. Last season, Alleman started four games for the Dolphins.

These two aren't world-beater players, but they can upgrade Kansas City's line. The move shows Pioli is willing to do what it takes to address problem areas. Kansas City coach Todd Haley had said new quarterback Matt Cassel may have to make plays with his feet because of the line issues. Perhaps these moves will give Cassel more time.

Meanwhile, Kansas City cut linebacker Vince Redd, who was with Pioli in New England.

Posted by's Bill Williamson

The Arena Football League appears to be no more. I wonder if Denver owner John Elway would ever consider taking a position in the NFL. He was very active with his AFL team and he had said in the past he enjoyed working in a front office. I get the feeling Pat Bowlen, who Elway owned the Denver AFL franchise with, would find a place for Elway with the Broncos if he was ever interested.

Ed Hochuli will be in Denver's camp. It would be a real story if Hochuli was at the Chargers' camp.

The Chiefs claimed linebacker Vince Redd off waivers from New England. He played in five games for the Patriots last year. New Kansas City general manager Scott Pioli was with New England last year. Guard Edwin Harrison, who was on Kansas City's practice squad last season, was cut.

Ricky Brown is eating into some of Kirk Morrison's practice time at middle linebacker in Oakland's camp. It will be interesting to see if that continues as the season approaches.

The Lane Kiffin-Raiders grievance about due salary continues. They have been several meetings in the past couple of months as the two sides are going through an arbitrator. Still, there is no timetable for an outcome.