Moving forward in free agency

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Free agency is in its 11th full day and it's time for a look at what each AFC West team may do to add help.

Most of the big name players are now off the market and the second tier of free agency has definitely started. Thus, there are some bargains to be had.


The Broncos have been the busiest team in the NFL in free agency as it has added 12 players in nearly all aspects of the team. The Broncos added five or six new defensive starters, three running backs, a backup quarterback and even a long snapper.

The team could also look at some more help on defense. One name to consider may be New England defensive tackle Mike Wright.

Kansas City

The Chiefs have been very intriguing. They have a lot of salary cap room but they have done little with it. Yes, the Chiefs traded for Matt Cassel and Mike Vrabel and re-signed special teamer Jon McGraw, but still there are gaping needs on the defensive side of the ball at offensive line. Perhaps the Chiefs will start adding some defensive help, especially in the front seven, but don't expect any big free agent moves because there are simply none left to make.


The Raiders have been very quiet in free agency as they have concentrated on keeping their own players.

Still, the Raiders have been sniffing around offensive lineman, linebackers and backup quarterbacks. Linebacker Kevin Burnett and backup quarterback Kyle Boller are possibilities.
If the team doesn't sign tackle Khalif Barnes, tackles George Foster and Ephraim Salaam are possibilities. Neither would be overly pricey and both are adaptable in the zone-blocking scheme Oakland has adopted.

Another player who could attract attention from Oakland could be defensive tackle Tank Johnson, a talented player whose price is reasonable because of past off-field transgressions.

San Diego

The Chargers traditionally let free agency pass without doing much and then trying to keep their own players. This season, the Chargers are very quiet. They've had some visits but most of their team is consumed by trying to figure out the LaDainian Tomlinson situation which is still percolating.

The team wants linebacker Kevin Burnett and there could be some lesser-named players the team looks at safety, linebacker and on the offensive line.