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Monday, March 2, 2009
Best Match: AFC West


Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Here is a look at what each team in the AFC West needs to do as free agency moves forward:

Ward

Denver Broncos

The Broncos have agreed to terms with eight free agents and one restricted free agent. They had a deal with running back J.J. Arrington but that contract had a glitch and the two sides continue to talk. The Broncos are also talking to running back Derrick Ward because of the Arrington situation.

The Broncos have been incredibly busy and with the Jay Cutler situation percolating, free agency may now take a back seat while the Broncos try to figure out how to solve the Cutler problem.

Olshansky

Kansas City Chiefs

The Chiefs made a huge splash by acquiring quarterback Matt Cassel and linebacker Mike Vrabel in a trade with New England. Yet, the team has plenty of salary cap room and major needs on defense.

Players like San Diego defensive end Igor Olshansky, Jacksonville linebacker Mike Peterson and Tampa Bay defensive tackle Jovan Haye could be possible players the team goes after.

Oakland Raiders

The Raiders don't have a load of money but they have some needs.

Smith

They have discussed tackles Khalif Barnes and Marvel Smith and are reportedly going to visit with Dallas linebacker Kevin Burnett. Unlike, last year Oakland is looking at bargain players.

A player like Smith would be perfect because he can play both play right and left tackle. Oakland is looking for help at both spots and it would like to fill the holes in both free agency and in the draft.

San Diego Chargers

The Chargers have been extremely quiet in free agency.

Florence
They may bring back cornerback Drayton Florence who cut by Jacksonville after leaving San Diego last year. The Chargers could look at linebackers and guards but they will be second-wave players.

There a couple of big names would could fit if the situation was right, If Baltimore's Ray Lewis' price tag goes way down, he'd be an intriguing fit and if Marvin Harrison can't get a starting job, he'd be a nice fit as the No. 3 receiver in San Diego. But these fits may be difficult because of circumstances.