West Notes: Raiders, Cardinals, Broncos

Let’s check out the latest from the West divisions, where the Broncos signed cornerback Chris Harris to a five-year extension earlier this evening…

  • Raiders owner Mark Davis gave general manager Reggie McKenzie another vote of confidence today, perhaps mitigating the sentiment that McKenzie won’t last in Oakland past this season. “He is my guy right now, absolutely,” Davis told Tim Kawakami of the Mercury News (Twitter link). While the “right now” qualifier could lead to speculation that McKenzie is still a candidate to be fired, Davis has given similar declarations before, and the Raiders have won two of their past three games.
  • Because Drew Stanton is expected to return at some point this season, the Cardinals will probably opt to sign just a practice-squad quarterback, if they sign one at all, head coach Bruce Arians told Darren Urban of AZCardinals.com (via Twitter).
  • John Fox expects other teams to be interested in interviewing his coordinators for head-coaching positions, according to Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com. Broncos OC Adam Gase is only 36 years old but he was a candidate for several jobs last offseason, while DC Jack Del Rio would offer previous experience as a head coach, having served in that role with the Jaguars from 2003-11.
  • Chargers defensive end Dwight Freeney and tight end Antonio Gates are getting up there in years, but it sounds like both men have different things in mind for 2015, as Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego writes. Freeney will weigh retirement after this season while Gates has every intention of finishing out his contract, which runs through next year.
  • Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett is playing on nearly 30% more snaps than he did last season, and he believes his four-year, $28.5MM contract is the impetus for the increase. “When they pay you a lot of money they want you on the field all the time,” Bennett told Terry Blount of ESPN.com. “That’s just how it is.”

Zach Links contributed to this post.

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