AFC West news and notes

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

The Chargers' running back situation remained the hot topic in the AFC West as Monday wore on.

ESPN's John Clayton reported that the contract talks between the team and running back LaDainian Tomlinson have been amicable and there is no team-imposed deadline to get a deal done. While both sides would like a resolution soon there is no deadline.

Still, if Tomlinson and the team don't come to an agreement on a new contract, he will likely be cut.

Meanwhile, the San Diego Union Tribune reports that reserve running back and return man Darren Sproles hasn't signed his franchise tag tender yet and he could conceivably miss a portion of the offseason before he signs it or until he signs an extension.

While Sproles could conceivably miss time there is virtually no way he will miss any time during the regular season because there is no way he will forego $6.62 million in 2009 salary.

Meanwhile, San Diego assistant coach and former Chargers receiver Charlie Joiner received a new bronze bust for his Pro Football Hall of Fame induction. His previous bust was destroyed in a fire two years ago.

While tackle Khalif Barnes is moving on with his visits, the word around the league is that Oakland is still in play for Buffalo center Duke Preston.