West Notes: Kris Richard, D. Thomas, Chiefs

As we’ve heard previously, it sounds like Kris Richard is the favorite to become the Seahawks’ defensive coordinator, and Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, who reported last month that Richard was likely to become a DC in Seattle or Atlanta, agrees. Had Richard joined the Falcons, he would’ve followed ex-Seahawks DC Dan Quinn, whom Florio adds did in fact offer Richard a role on the Atlanta staff. But Richard, currently Seattle’s secondary coach, turned Quinn down, ostensibly because the Falcons have already hired a defensive coordinator in Richard Smith.

Here’s more from the West divisions:

  • Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas is one of two elite pass-catching options who could be available on the free agent market, writes Jason Fitzgerald of the Sporting News. Along with Dez Bryant, Thomas should be able to top the average annual values of Mike Wallace ($12MM) and Percy Harvin‘s ($12.9MM) contracts, but it will be tough for the duo to match the ~$16MM AAV earned by Calvin Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald. Rather, Thomas and Bryant could aim to set a new second-tier of WR deals at around $14MM per year, per Fitzgerald.
  • In a piece for Over the Cap, Fitzgerald examines the offseason outlook for the Chiefs, who are currently projected at roughly $1.7MM over the cap. While labeling free agent linebacker Justin Houston a “must-sign,” Fitzgerald opines that Dwayne Bowe and Tamba Hali are candidates for pay cuts, if not outright release.
  • A new budget wrinkle proposed by President Obama could end up costing the Chargers as they attempt to build a new stadium, write Roger Showley and Lori Weisberg of U-T San Diego. Per the plan, clubs will no longer be able to use low-cost, tax-exempt municipal bonds to finance stadiums, meaning the Chargers could be forced to shoulder much of the financial burden themselves.
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