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Tomlinson retires as a Charger and other AFC West News and Notes

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Thanks for reading my News and Notes for the AFC West written on June 24th 2012. I will cover stuff going on within the division and give my opinion on whatever is going on. Please check back again next week for another addition of AFC West News and Notes, feel free to leave a comment below.

Denver Broncos News and Notes

Former Charger great LaDainian Tomlinson said he considered playing one more season in Denver as Peyton Manning's teammate. The only problem is that the Broncos deny offering him a contract. I am not sure Tomlinson had enough left in the tank to help the Broncos anyway.

Future NFL Hall of Fame safety Brian Dawkins has retired after 16 NFL seasons in Philadelphia and Denver. Here is wishing Dawkins a happy and healthy retirement as he was one of the best players at his position to ever play the game.

Kansas City Chiefs News and Notes

Rodney Hudson a second round pick last year may be the new starting center for the Chiefs. Hudson hasn't played center in the NFL but he is the odds on favorite to replace Casey Wiegmann on the Chiefs offensive line. It's very important to get the line to jell for this power running game offense to flourish for the Chiefs.

 I like the Chiefs wide receiver unit if Bowe is happy. They keep adding a piece here and there and the unit is starting to look good. If Matt Cassel can play at a more consistent level then the team should be able to play well.

\Oakland Raiders News and Notes

The man who murdered the daughter of former Raider player and Coach Fred Blietnikoff's daughter has been sentenced to 55 years in prison. The Raiders may sign running back Cedric Benson. Benson has been a solid player but is another victim of old running back syndrome. Teams have decided that they can pay a young running back less money and are going that route. It makes sense to add Benson in case the Raiders get hit with their usual running back injuries.

San Diego Chargers                                                                                                                            The Chargers  let LaDainian Tomlinson do the traditional one day contract to retire with his original team. Tomlinson didn't part ways with the team on the best of notes.

With all the talk of Peyton Manning and the Broncos I really like Phillip Rivers to play well this season. Rivers will want to cement his being usually considered the best quarterback in the division, and to show he can bounce back from last year.