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Evening AFC West news and notes

The Kansas City Star wonders if Kansas City backup quarterback Brodie Croyle will get any action on the restricted free-agent market. San Diego was able to trade restricted free agent Charlie Whitehurst to Seattle despite him never throwing an NFL pass. Croyle is a former NFL starter.

AFC North blogger James Walker thinks Baltimore backup quarterback Troy Smith would be a good fit in Oakland. The restricted free agent would cost Oakland a fifth-round pick. I think it would be a worthwhile investment.

• Oakland's JaMarcus Russell reportedly weighed in at 271 pounds this week, according to the San Jose Mercury News' Tim Kawakami.

• New Denver quarterback Brady Quinn spent time in the Broncos’ media room watching the final minutes of his alma mater, Notre Dame’s NCAA men’s basketball tournament loss to Old Dominion on Thursday. Quinn spontaneously delayed his first in-person meeting with the media in Denver so everyone could enjoy the end of the game.