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The Denver Broncos’ release of linebacker D.J. Williams was merely a formality. It has been a foregone conclusion that Williams was on his way out in Denver.

Williams, a first-round pick in 2004, simply wore out his welcome. He was suspended for a total of nine games in 2012, and when he returned, he was merely a backup.

Wesley Woodyard received the chance to play full time thanks to Williams’ suspension. Williams had a solid overall career in Denver, but he had too many off–field problems for it be worthwhile to keep him.

Williams, 30, will likely get some interest around the league. Williams is very versatile, so he can play virtually any linebacker spot and could probably start for the next couple of years. A potential landing spot could be Oakland, because the Raiders need a linebacker and Williams played for Oakland coach Dennis Allen when Allen was the Broncos’ defensive coordinator in 2011. Also, Williams is from the Bay Area and could be interested in a return.

Denver also cut quarterback Caleb Hanie. Denver saved $6 million by cutting Williams and $1.5 million in cutting Hanie. The Broncos are still trying to cut back Elvis Dumervil's pay. If Dumervil doesn’t agree -- and he has been hesitating -- the pass-rusher could be released.

As for as Hanie goes, his release was expected. He was the No. 3 quarterback. The Broncos like second-year quarterback Brock Osweiler as Peyton Manning’s backup. Expect Denver to add a young, cheap No. 3 quarterback.

In other AFC West notes:

The Chiefs are reportedly interested in Seattle’s Jason Jones. He’d probably play inside in a 3-4 defense and be a rotational player.

Beanie Wells, cut by Arizona on Monday, fits the Chargers' mold for a running back. But I’m not sure we’d see a Ken Whisenhunt-Wells reunion.

AFC West notes

March, 11, 2013
The Broncos have signed safety David Bruton to a three-year deal. Bruton is an outstanding special-teams player.

The speculation around the league is the Kansas City Chiefs will re-sign defensive end Glenn Dorsey. The Chiefs run a 3-4 defense and he is best suited for a 4-3 defense, but apparently the new regime in Kansas City likes him enough to keep him.

The Giants signed defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins. He visited the Raiders last week, but they are tight against the cap.

The Chargers are keeping receiver/returner Richard Goodman. He was an exclusive rights free agent.

The Chiefs have a private workout set with Central Michigan left tackle Eric Fisher. He is a long shot possibility to be the No. 1 overall pick.

Here is an Insider look at the Raiders’ offseason needs.Insider

Posted by's Bill Williamson

SAN DIEGO -- Veteran running back LaDainian Tomlinson was tutoring rookie Gartrell Johnson often in the morning session. Johnson asked Tomlinson questions after several plays.

The stout Johnson, from Colorado State, was drafted by San Diego in the fourth round. He will give the Chargers a power running presence.

  • Malcolm Floyd was not at the mandatory camp. He is a restricted free agent who has not signed his tender. Because Floyd, a reserve receiver, doesn't have much choice, expect him to eventually sign and report.
  • Quarterback Philip Rivers said first-round pick Larry English, a pass rushing linebacker, looked good in practice. English said his locker is next to Shawne Merriman's locker.
  • There is no update on a potential contract extension for Rivers. He is signed through this season.
  • Defensive end Vaughn Martin was closely watched by the media Friday. He looked fast and he is clearly big and strong. He was a surprise fourth-round choice of Western Ontario. He is raw, but he is an interesting project.