Monday, July 25, 2011

AFC West Free Agency Outlooks

Last, but not least, is the division with the best team in football, the San Diego Chargers. Snapping back to reality, the AFC West is straight up terrible. If it weren't for the NFC West, this would be the worst division in football. Hopefully, someone has woken up Raiders Owner Al Davis and told him that the lockout is over for he abstained from voting on the new collective bargaining agreement. Furthermore, the Chargers could be one of the most active teams along with the New York Jets in free agency due to its high number of free agents, including its entire ILB and WR core. Needless to say that this division could stand to improve via this crazy free agency period.

Denver Broncos Top Needs: Running Back, Defensive Line
Top Targets: Even though Denver already has high hopes for Knowshon Moreno, he has not given Denver anything to really believe in. A nice cure for that is to pair him with a guy who is used to sharing carries with a promising running back: DeAngelo Williams or Ahmad Bradshaw. Williams has plenty of experience with new Denver head coach John Fox in Carolina and would blend right into the fabric of the franchise. Additionally, due to the teams shift from a 3-4 to a 4-3, the right defensive line guys will be necessary. Drafting Von Miller was a great pick and Elvis Dumervile is due back from injury, but Jamaal Williams is not an effective option as a 4-3 defensive tackle, so the Broncos really need to find some defensive tackle help. Brandon Mebane, Pat Williams, and Barry Coefield would be good fits in John Fox's system.

Kansas City Chiefs Top Needs: Nose Tackle, Offensive Line
Top Targets: Even though nose tackle is their #1 need, look for the Chiefs to be very active in the offensive line market going after big names like Matt Light or Jermon Bushrod. If the Chiefs go after a nose tackle, look for them to go after Aubrayo Franklin or Gerard Warren. If they fill both needs, it will prove that last year was no fluke in Kansas City.

Oakland Raiders Top Needs: Non-Senile Owner
Top Targets: Look for Oakland to bring back tight end Zach Miller relatively quickly as their first order of business. As for everyone else, no one knows what owner Al Davis will do next, but my best guess is that he will look into replacing Nnamdi Asomugha with someone flashy like Antonio Cromartie and will most likely overpay him, as well. Go Oakland Abstainers!

San Diego Chargers Top Needs: Linebackers, Wide Receivers
Top Targets: The Chargers, like the Jets, will have a ton of work to do in the coming days. Eric Weddle appears to be the first signing the Chargers will make, but that might change if general manager A.J. Smith looks at the depth chart and realizes that there is no one at wide receiver or inside linebacker. Expect one of either Stephen Cooper or Kevin Burnett to be re-signed, but wide receiver is a much trickier position to project. Depending on what the outcome of Vincent Jackson's kicking and screaming is will determine the fate of Malcolm Floyd. One or the other will survive the salary cap chopping block, but not both. Expect the chargers to look into Randy Moss if the price is right, for he would fit perfectly into the Chargers' deep routes and big play offense.

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