AFC West 2/9/03-2/15/03

What's the competition up to for the week of Feb. 9th, 2003 through Feb. 15th, 2003? Chargers Update takes a look into the brewings of the AFC West division, including new coaches, possible player interest in free agency, arrests on a former player and more information not found anywhere else. This is a weekly premium feature at Chargers Update that tackles the latest issues with the division!

Kansas City Chiefs

Former Chief Arrested
February 9, 2003

Former Kansas City Chiefs RB Kimble Anders was arrested Saturday night. Anders was arrested on an outstanding Johnson County warrant for contempt of court, Lenexa police said. No other information was available. He was participating in a pro wrestling event match when the arrest occurred.

Preseason Schedule Set
February 11, 2003

Kansas City will open the schedule against Green Bay at the Hall of Fame game on Monday, August 4. The Chiefs will return home to play two consecutive games at Arrowhead Stadiuim. They will host San Francisco on August 9th (7:30 PM CT) and Minnesota on August 16th (7:30 PM CT). Their final two pre-season contests will come on the road. Kansas City will travel to Seattle on August 23rd (9:00 PM CT) and then end the pre-season at St. Louis. The specific time and date of the St. Louis game will be determined at a later date.

Candidate to be cut
February 12, 2003

Duane Clemons has been the starter on the right end of the defensive line for three season, where he has continued to be a disappointment. Clemons is due to receive a $3.5 million roster bonus and another $3.5 million in salary next season. However, if he were to be cut, Clemons would only count about $2 million against the cap.

Team eager to re-do contract
February 13, 2003

The Chiefs' next big offseason issue involves quarterback Trent Green. He's due to receive an $8 million roster bonus in March, and the Chiefs are anxious to change that in a signing bonus they can prorate over the course of a new contract. They want Green as their QB next year, and Green wants to stay, so look for this deal to get done.

Contract a complex dilemma
February 13, 2003

The NFL's most productive all-purpose running back over the course of his two seasons in Kansas City, Priest Holmes has three years remaining on the five-year, $8 million deal he signed upon joining the Chiefs in April of 2001 That was, of course, before he amassed 5,456 total yards over the past two seasons, including last year's when he was named the league's Offensive Player of the Year. Holmes says he'd like a new contract, and the Chiefs know he deserves one. "I know this is a game of production and results," Holmes said. "Long before I started playing this game, the rules were already written. I know there's a certain way you do things, and if a guy is performing, there's a certain respect you show him. "You have to show that you're a team that's going to pay a guy so you'll have more guys wanting to improve and play at the top of their game so they can get paid." Complicating this decision is the status of Holmes' injured hip, which kept him out of the season's final two games and cost him his chance at a couple of NFL records (for total yards from scrimmage and total touchdowns). Even Holmes acknowledges that his injury -- which both he and the team say involves only the tissue around the hip, as opposed to the ball and socket of the joint -- has been slow to heal. But he and the team also remain confident that the injury will heal over time without surgery. But, is this the time for the Chiefs to offer Holmes the new contract he and they know he deserves? Will Holmes return to his full ability after the injury? How many more hits can he take after carrying the ball 772 times (as a runner or receiver) over the past two years alone? Don't forget, Holmes has had two major knee injuries in his past at the University of Texas and with Baltimore. It's a complex issue the Chiefs must address, and it likely will have to be settled before the Chiefs know what they'll have available for defensive free agents.

Hasty to Join Staff?
February 14, 2003

Former NFL CB James Hasty is likely to join the Kansas City Chiefs staff as an assistant secondary coach.

Needs surgery
February 15, 2003

Reserve offensive tackle Marcus Spears needs some chips on his elbow removed.

Denver Broncos

Offer actually another push out the door?
February 11, 2003

The Cardinals' contract offer quarterback Jake Plummer that included a caveat that he would have to compete for a starting job next year likely means there's no shot he'll return to Arizona. Denver and Dallas are two teams believed to be interested in Plummer's services, and either team would likely sign him and name him the starter.

Takes easy run
February 11, 2003

RB Terrell Davis took his first real easy run Feb. 7, five months after microfracture surgery on his arthritic left knee. He will continue rehab and likely will have similar surgery on other knee, but the odds of him playing again, especially with Denver, are slim.

Preseason Schedule Released
February 11, 2003

The Denver Broncos have announced their preseason schedule for 2003. The first week, Aug. 7-11th, the Broncos will take on the Houston Texans in Reliant Stadium. The following week, Aug. 14-18th, the team will head to campus of the University of Illinois to face the Bears at Memorial Stadium. During the week of Aug. 21-25th, Denver will host the Indianapolis Colts. The preseason closes out with the Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday, Aug. 28th.

McGlockton Likely Gone

February 12, 2003

The Denver Broncos are likely to release DT Chester McGlockton in a salary-cap related move. His release will save the team $5.7 million against the 2003 cap.

Pittman Could Be Gone
February 12, 2003

The Denver Broncos might decide to release DE Kavika Pittman. His release would save the team $1.5 million against the 2003 salary cap.

Miscalculation Causes Trouble
February 12, 2003

The Denver Broncos are approximately $20 million over the 2003 salary cap of $74.8 million, which is about $5 million more than they originally projected. As a result, the team will probably release a number of their players, and might approach other veterans about restructuring their contracts.

Surgery done, but saga ongoing
February 13, 2003

QB Brian Griese had arthroscopic surgery on his left (non-throwing) shoulder. He should be ready for mini-camp but won't be invited if the Broncos intend to cut him after June 1.

Broncos eagerly awaiting word
February 15, 2003

The quarterback issue remains a hot topic in Denver as Broncos officials await word from Arizona, where the Cardinals have made Jake Plummer a new contract offer. It's doubtful Plummer will accept it, however, since it figures to be incentive-based as he is forced to compete for a starting job with second-year pro Josh McKown. Why Plummer, who has made twice as many mistakes as Brian Griese over the years? The Broncos like his leadership, athleticism and ability to make plays, and think he'll thrive if he isn't asked to do it all on his own. Unlike in Arizona, he'll have a surrounding cast in Denver. But Plummer also has to realize if he signs on with Denver, the pressure will increase dramatically. Expectations in the Mile High City, where John Elway is now running an Arena League team, are Mile High after back-to-back Super Bowl wins in the late 1990s. Denver has missed the playoffs three of the past four years, with Griese bearing perhaps more than his share of the blame. The question is whether Plummer would be able to handle it.

Retirement on hold, likely to be cut
February 15, 2003

Terrell Davis isn't ready to hang up the cleats just yet, though there's little question the Broncos wish he would. Davis, due to count $4.7 million against the cap in 2003, took his first easy run Feb. 7 since having microfracture surgery on his left knee in September. He will continue rehabbing with hopes of increasing activity in the next few weeks. Back in August when Davis jogged through the tunnel at Invesco Field, many fans figured they had seen the last of the celebrated running back. He was headed for injured reserve because of a degenerative condition in his knee, and most figured retirement was just around the corner. Davis, however, hasn't turned in those papers yet, and harbors slim hopes of a comeback. It likely won't be with Denver, however, as the Broncos have cap problems. Davis is scheduled to count $7.8 million against the cap this year, and if he doesn't retire, it's likely the Broncos will cut him. The former Super Bowl MVP has played only 17 games in the last four years because of various leg problems. The Broncos have a stable of backs, including Offensive Rookie of the Year Clinton Portis, former Rookie of the Year Mike Anderson and upcoming back Reuben Droughns.

Oakland Raiders

Off to Europe
February 11, 2003

Running back Jamal White, who was signed after the end of the season, has been allocated to the NFL Europe, where he will play for Berlin this spring.

Probable to return to Oakland
February 11, 2003

Even though the Raiders are roughly $48 million over the salary cap, right guard Mo Collins is one starter Oakland can ill-afford to lose.

Pre-season Schedule Set for 2003
February 11, 2003

The Oakland Raiders have announced their 2003 pre-season schedule: The Raiders will open at home against the St. Louis Rams. The pre-season schedule also includes a road game against the San Francisco 49ers, a home game against the Minnesota Vikings and a trip to Dallas to face the Cowboys.

Team not ready to address future
February 13, 2003

According to his agent, center Barret Robbins remains hospitalized in the aftermath of a relapse from bi-polar syndrome that resulted in his dismissal from the team the day of the Super Bowl. "It's a tough situation," coach Bill Callahan said. "There's ongoing dialogue and conversation with his wife and his family. I feel terrible in a lot of respects for the situation and very disappointed, as I am sure Barret is." The team continues to avoid specifics of the case, citing privacy issues. Callahan's only comments, aside from detailing the timing of his decision, was to state that Robbins' return in 2003 was "viable." He denied one report that said he had wanted to bench Robbins in weeks leading up to the Super Bowl. "That is totally false," he said. As for comments by teammates that they didn't know if they could play with him in the future, Callahan said "let's just wait and see what happens ... in the off-season. Let's see what happens in Barret's life. I don't want to pass judgment on any individual right now. I don't think that's right."

Re-signing could prove difficult
February 13, 2003

RG Mo Collins has been injury-prone the last two years but has been a force when healthy. The Raiders would like to keep him but may be unwilling or unable financially to go to the wall to sign him.

Ready to test the waters?
February 15, 2003

RB Tyrone Wheatley may want to test the free agent waters for a starting spot elsewhere and the Raiders may allow him to do so before making an offer.

Specialist might not be hot commodity
February 15, 2003

Free agent RB Zack Crockett is a reserve the club molded into a touchdown producer but may inspire little outside interest.

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