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Examiner
  • Brown: Sizing up the AFC West’s offseason moves

  • Like one fan said on Facebook, patience with free agency is a virtue.

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  • Like one fan said on Facebook, patience with free agency is a virtue.
    How have the Chiefs ranked among the rest of the AFC West?
    CHARGERS: San Diego lost receiver Vincent Jackson, released tackle Marcus McNeill, and running back Mike Tolbert is shopping around. Despite Kansas City signing Peyton Hillis, Tolbert is still a target for the Chiefs, but the Chargers would like to keep him. San Diego signed former Chiefs fullback Le’Ron McClain, linebacker Jarrett Johnson and receiver Robert Meachem to help replace Jackson.
    The Chargers also re-signed tackle Jared Gaither to a four-year contract. Gaither’s risky, a boom-or-bust player who didn’t work for the Chiefs, but the Chargers are placing Gaither at left tackle.
    The Chargers have signed players and been busy, but nobody who’s registered as big-splash material. If anything, San Diego took a step back with who they lost.
    BRONCOS: The Broncos have put their eggs into the Peyton Manning basket; Manning reportedly threw for both the Tennessee Titans and Broncos Friday.
    Besides jockeying for Manning, Denver signed safety Mike Adams. But in Denver the focus has been on Manning. The Broncos haven’t jumped ahead of the Chiefs in terms of free agency and the division.
    Denver has issues heading into next season with a six-game suspension for both linebacker D.J. Williams and restricted free agent Ryan McBean. The Broncos also need to deal with running back Knowshon Moreno, who was arrested for drunken driving in February.
    Moreno was caught driving his Bentley 70 mph in a 45 mph construction zone. After being pulled over, police smelled alcohol on his breath, and he “did poorly” in sobriety tests. Moreno was the Broncos’ 12th overall pick in 2009 and looks like a bust.
    Running back Willis McGahee, who experienced a rebirth last season, isn’t happy over his contract. McGahee wanted to upgrade his $9.5 million deal, but the Broncos said no. McGahee has a history of knee problems and will turn 31.
    RAIDERS: One word: Release!
    The Raiders are cutting folks, even quality players. The Raiders are in a money crunch and can’t afford much.
    ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Michael Bush is visiting the Bears and Bengals. Oakland’s Kevin Boss signed with the Chiefs. Besides corner Stanford Routt, the Raiders released corner Chris Johnson, safety Hiram Eugene, defensive lineman John Henderson and linebacker Kam Wimbley.
    Wimbley immediately becomes the best pass rusher on the market.
    The Raiders are scrambling; they’re not improving, but letting talent go. Doesn’t hurt my feelings and helps the Chiefs.
    CHIEFS: Thursday was a roller coaster. The rumor mill was alive and well with information changing several times on potential players for the Chiefs. Fans have gone from disappointed back to happy more than once since free agency began.
    Page 2 of 2 - This I know, inside the division the Chiefs haven’t been stellar and they haven’t won lately. Before Kansas City can take it to the New England Patriots, Baltimore Ravens or Pittsburgh Steelers they need to secure their own backyard and dominate at home.
    Hillis filled a need. Charles needed an effective backup, Thomas Jones wasn’t it. If the Chiefs get Mike Tolbert from San Diego, then the running game is set.
    If the Chiefs roll with Matt Cassel – which is looking like the option – a power running game will help bunches, especially on third down. A reliable tight end besides Tony Moeaki was a need that’s been met with Kevin Boss, who’s 27 with productive seasons with the Giants. He’s a good player.
    The No. 1 target is right tackle Eric Winston, who was a last-minute scratch by the Houston Texans.
    By time you read this, Winston might be a Chief. If so, Winston fills a big need on the offensive line. Another box the Chiefs can check off. Signing Winston opens possibilities in the draft as well and is a player the fans really wanted.
    If the Chiefs didn’t get Winston, I’m sure by now Pioli’s had an earful. If the Chiefs gained Winston in addition to who’ve they’ve signed, I’d say free agency so far for Kansas City has been great! And the Chiefs still look like the one to beat in the AFC West.
    Man, wish I had my crystal ball!
    Good day, Chiefs fans!

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