NFL Nation: Renlado Hill

Wiz II is officially a Raider

July, 28, 2011
7/28/11
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The Oakland Tribune has reported the Raiders have signed second-round pick Stefen Wisniewski and have just one more pick to sign., third-round pick Joe Barksdale. He is in Napa and waiting to sign. The Raiders start practice this afternoon. Wisniewski, Oakland’s first pick, is expected to start at center.

He is the nephew of former Oakland offensive lineman Steve Wisniewski, who is an assistant offensive line coach in Oakland. The family has been waiting for this reunion to officially start.

In other AFC West nuggets:

ESPN’s Adam Schefter said on SportsCenter that the New Orleans Saints could make a run at versatile San Diego running back Darren Sproles now that they traded Reggie Bush to Miami. Sproles would fill Bush’s role in New Orleans.

I haven’t heard Sproles’ name much in the past two days, but because of his ability to rush the ball, receive the ball and return it, he does have value. The Chargers are getting tight against the cap after all their moves and they were resigned to letting Sproles leave. But if the market doesn’t develop for him, perhaps San Diego will revisit him. Yet, the opening in New Orleans could change Sproles’ market quickly.

As expected, Tennessee will cut quarterback Vince Young on Thursday. I could envision his name connected to Oakland in a backup role. But the Raiders do like Kyle Boller.

Denver safety Renaldo Hill was not at the Broncos’ first training camp practice. It could mean the team is planning to cut him later Thursday.

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

The Broncos inked their sixth player of the day, Miami safety Renaldo Hill. He will fill one of the safety spots while Denver hopes to finalize the Brian Dawkins' deal, which could happen tonight. He is in Denver now and a two-year deal could be near completion. But until he is signed, don't discount the idea of the Eagles' star returning to Philadelphia.

A look at other teams in the AFC West:

  • It is being reported that Oakland is shopping running back Michael Bush around the league. That is somewhat surprising because Bush is a talented player who is versatile. He may be easier to trade than the more expensive Justin Fargas.
  • The Houston Texans are talking to Denver backup quarterback Patrick Ramsey. It doesn't appear new Denver coach Josh McDaniels is overly interested in keeping him. As Matt Cassel showed McDaniels last season in New England, a good backup is needed.
  • Speaking of Cassel, many believe the Chiefs are the only team he could be traded to if the Patriots deal him. With the Mike Vrabel trade going down Friday, it is obvious new Kansas City general manager Scott Pioli is comfortable talking with his former team about a deal.
  • I wonder if new Kansas City coach Todd Haley will use Vrabel as a tight end near the end zone like the Patriots did. Haley is not scared of using unconventional plays, so it could be intriguing.
  • If San Diego brings back Drayton Florence, the team could think more about moving 2008 first-round pick Antoine Cason to free safety. The Chargers are talking to Florence. He is also talking to Buffalo. Jacksonville cut Florence after signing him from San Diego last year.

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