Around AFC West

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson


A call for peace in the Cutler-McDaniels saga.

My take: Denver defensive end (and maybe new linebacker) Elvis Dumervil believes the Broncos and Jay Cutler needs to settle their differences as the team moves forward. Dumervil is absolutely correct, of course. If the Broncos are going to succeed in the first year of the Josh McDaniels era, they will need Jay Cutler to be on board and ready to go. If this situation doesn't get resolved and fast, Denver will be in trouble.

Kansas City

Scott Pioli defends his defensive additions strategy.

My take: The Chiefs have done very little in free agency as they have added lesser-known players, the latest being former New England and former Cincinnati linebacker Corey Mays. The Chiefs have gaping holes on defense and about $35 million in salary cap room, yet free agency is in the second wave and the team has done very little. Pioli maintains that this is the beginning phase of the process. He is right and he has made some good decisions early on, especially the acquisition of Matt Cassel and Mike Vrabel. But his team does need some more help. He needs to sign some more defensive players because plenty is needed in Kansas City.

Aaron Curry is visiting Detroit soon.

My take: This is not what the Chiefs want to see. Kansas City has the No. 3 overall pick and the Wake Forest linebacker is a perfect fit for the defense-hungry Chiefs who are working in an offense-heavy top of the draft. If Curry does go to the Lions with the No. 1 pick, Kansas City have to decide to take a receiver such as Michael Crabtree or an offensive lineman, another defensive player or trade the pick. The Curry situation is very worth watching.

Meanwhile, a reader wondered if the Chargers could be interested in right tackle Kevin Shaffer, who was cut by Cleveland. It makes perfect sense. Shaffer played for San Diego assistants Mike Sullivan and Jeff Chudzinski in Cleveland, the Chargers could use a right tackle and he'd be fairly inexpensive. Yes, it is something worth monitoring.