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Thursday, March 25, 2010
How I See It: AFC West Stock Watch

By Bill Williamson

NFC Stock Watch: East | West | North | South AFC: East | West | North | South

Falling

Brandon Marshall’s trade value: The more time that goes by, the more unlikely it seems that Denver will be able to acquire a high, first-round pick for the restricted free agent wide receiver. The Seahawks appear adamant that they won’t send one of their two first-round picks (they have the No. 6 and No. 14 picks). No other team has made a move. The Denver Post suggested earlier this week that Seattle could send its second- and fourth-round picks to Denver for Marshall. If Denver wants to trade Marshall, it may have to settle for less than it originally desired.

Rising

A.J. Smith, Chargers general manager: Smith received some early heat from Chargers fans this offseason after the team lost, traded and cut several big-name veterans. However, Smith has to be back in the good graces of San Diego fans after he traded third-string quarterback Charlie Whitehurst to Seattle. The two teams swapped second-round picks next month (the Chargers now have the No. 40 overall pick and Seattle has No. 60) and San Diego will receive a third-round pick next year. Whitehurst has never thrown an NFL pass and had no real future in San Diego. This was a terrific trade for the Chargers. They should be able to address nose tackle and running back with the two picks and it gives San Diego drafting power it didn’t have.