Brock Osweiler is being looked at by the Broncos. Photo by Ric Tapia/Icon SMI
Thanks for checking out my AFC West news and notes for April 8th 2012. I will cover some news and offer my input about the happenings with the Raiders, Broncos, Chargers and Chiefs. Free agency has slowed down as teams are now focusing on the 2012 NFL draft.
Denver Broncos news and notes
The Denver Broncos have gone to check out Brock Osweiler the 6ft 8 inch quarterback fromArizonaStatewho is entering the 2012 NFL draft. The Broncos know they need to already be thinking about grooming a replacement for Peyton Manning. There have not been many successful NFL quarterbacks who are that tall but the team may take a chance on drafting him. The Broncos also acknowledged that they will be adding a running back to their roster before the season starts. Knowshon Moreno is coming off injury and Willis McGahee is getting up there in years.
Kansas City Chiefs news and notes
The Chiefs may be after Ryan Tannehill if he slips in the draft or the team wants to trade up for him. Matt Cassel has gotten lukewarm support to be the starter in 2012. Tannehill is raw but could push for a starting job in 2013 and may even beat out Brady Quinn as the backup this season. With the Chiefs offensive system the key is to not make mistakes and let the running game and defense win for you, which does not point to a rookie starting at quarterback.
Oakland Raiders news and notes
The Oakland Raiders signed former New York Giant defensive end Dave Tollefson to a free agent deal. Tollefson is a pass rushing specialist who didn’t get a great deal of starting time with the Giants but showed that he can get to the passer. The Raiders continue to go slow in free agency due to salary cap constraints.
San Diego Chargers news and notes
The San Diego Chargers brought back often injured defensive tackle Louis Castillo after releasing him earlier in the season. When Castillo is healthy he is a good player and signed a one year deal to show he can still stay on the field and perform. The Chargers added more wide receiver/special team’s players in Roscoe Parrish and Michael Spurlock. Both players are good return men and have shown flashes of ability at wide receiver. Former Bill Parish in particular may play well on offense with Phillip Rivers as his quarterback. They join former Bronco return man Eddie Royal in vieing for roster spots at wide receiver for the Chargers.