Thursday, March 11, 2010
How I See It: AFC West Stock Watch
By Bill Williamson
Veteran lead rusher in San Diego: It is becoming apparent that San Diego is leaning toward putting its primary tailback duties in the hands of a rookie. The Chargers have not made a move on a veteran back. Yes, it is a weak free-agent class, but the Chargers aren’t forcing the issue. They have stayed away from the likes of Chester Taylor and Thomas Jones. Things can change, and you never know if a veteran will become available. But it seems as if the Chargers are excited about the rookie tailback class and what it offers. The class is deep and the Chargers should get a solid player in ether the first or second round to pair with change-of-pace back Darren Sproles, if he doesn’t get a huge offer in restricted free agency.
Chambers’ value: Last November, former Pro Bowl receiver Chris Chambers was on the scrapheap. It seemed like his days as a relevant receiver were over. San Diego dumped him during the season after his play slipped. But that seems like a long time ago. This week, Kansas City signed Chambers to a three-year deal that could net him up to $15 million. Chambers deserved his reversal of fortune. He was terrific for the Chiefs in nine games after he was claimed off waivers from San Diego. He was a game-breaker and he was a favorite target of Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel. He was a free-agent priority for the Chiefs and his signing shows he very much has an NFL future.