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AFC West News and Notes

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Thanks for checking out my AFC West news and notes for May 13th 2012. This will be my opinion on the happenings in the division as teams enter their rookie camps. All the teams had many free agent signings to act as fodder for camp. The vast majority of these “Street” free agents won’t have a shot at making the team. They are there for the “real” players to practice against.

Oakland Raiders News and Notes

Former Raider great Fred Biletnikoff has joined the USFL in an advising capacity. The USFL has been reformed under new ownership, The rumor of the Raiders moving to Los Angeles(again) has begun but the NFL will allow the move only if the team is sold.

Matt Leinart one of the best college and not so great NFL quarterbacks ever has signed to be Carson Palmer’s backup. Leinart also backed up Palmer at USC. Darius Heyward-Bey recently was arrested on a DUI offense. Safety Tyvon Branch recently signed his franchise tender and will be with the team for 2012.

San Diego Chargers News and Notes

The team and city were recreantly shocked and saddened at the suicide of Junior Seau. Dan Fouts was one of the speakers at Seau’s tribute from the team. The Chargers have retired 55 which was Seau’s number with the team. Former Charger LaDainian Tomlinson is probably going to retire since there seems to be no interest in signing him from any teams.

The San Diego Chargers and Dallas Cowboys will be having some join practices. Norv Turner will get to see the team that made him a “Genius” and got him all those head coaching jobs.

Kansas City Chiefs News and Notes

Jamal Charles says he is about 80 percent recovered from his knee injury. Look for a big does of Peyton Hillis early in the season while Charles gets back in good condition. There is some speculation that Dexter McCluster is on his way out of the team’s plans. That would be stupid there should always be a place for a playmaker.

I really am looking forward to seeing Poe play on the defensive line for the Chiefs. I am not in love with the pick as Poe was not a dominant player in a small level college conference.

Denver Broncos News and Notes

Cornerback Drayton Florence has been signed by the Broncos to help shore up the secondary .Florence31 years old was with the Bills for the last three seasons. Peyton Manning will be looking to throw to the tight end a lot this season. It was a staple of his inIndianapolis. But if John Fox has anything to do with it the Broncos will also run the ball more than the Colts did with Manning.