AFC West Notes: Chargers, Raiders, Chiefs

The play of the Seahawks’ secondary during their Super Bowl run has the NFL trending toward bigger defensive backs, and the Chargers are one team targeting tall corners in the draft, writes ESPN Insider Kevin Weidl (subscription required). He mentions that there are quite a few corners standing at six feet or taller, and picks out Clemson’s Bashaud Breeland as a possible target. Here are some other notes from around the AFC West:

  • The Chargers will make re-signing Donald Butler a priority this offseason, writes Eric D. Williams of The team would like to come to an agreement on a long term contract before the start of free agency. Williams writes that the Chargers could consider using the non-exclusive franchise tag on him, which although it carries more than $10MM in salary, it will give them a chance to continue to work on a multi-year contract.
  • The Raiders also have to consider whether or not to use the franchise tag this offseason, according to Chris McClain of Silver and Black Report. The most likely candidate would be left tackle Jared Veldheer, but top passrusher Lamarr Houston is a possibility as well.
  • The Chiefs would like to clear some extra cap space in order to further improve their roster, but there aren’t many veterans who would be logical cap casualties, according to Adam Teicher of He writes that the biggest savings would come from Tamba Hali, Brandon Flowers, and Eric Berry, but notes that those players are too productive to let go. Dwayne Bowe and Sean Smith would make more sense on the field, but financially are not options for release.
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