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AFC West news and notes

The deadline to place the franchise tag on players is Thursday. There had been speculation that Oakland could place the tag on tight end Zach Miller. The franchise tag for a tight end is $7.3 million. However, there is no guarantee Miller will be an unrestricted free agent under the rules of a new CBA, so Oakland could roll the dice and not tie itself to the franchise tag. No matter what happens, I don’t see Oakland losing Miller this offseason.

  • There is confusion about whether or not the Raiders’ buyback contract option for linebacker Kamerion Wimbley is in accordance in league rules and that Wimbley could end up being a free agent this year. If Wimbley is a free agent, he will be a priority for Oakland. He had nine sacks last season.

  • The Broncos have some big-money decisions to make on veteran like Brian Dawkins and Jamal Williams. Williams is a better fit for the 3-4 defense and Denver will move to a 4-3, so he could be expendable. Fox loves veterans like Dawkins, so I could see Denver trying to work something out with Dawkins at a reduced price.