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Kansas City, San Diego headlines

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Kansas City

There is a competition to replace Tony Gonzalez.

My take: This will be interesting to watch as several little-known players are vying to replace the greatest tight end ever to play in the NFL. Gonzalez was traded to Atlanta for a second-round draft pick in 2010. The truth is, new Kansas City coach Todd Haley doesn't use the tight end much. As the offensive coordinator in Arizona, Haley used the tight end sparingly. So, whoever wins the job (my bet is on second-year player Brad Cottam) may not be a huge part of the offense, anyway.

San Diego

Norv Turner likes where his team is at.

My take: Last year, the Chargers were a sexy Super Bowl pick (I was one of many to buy in). But after an 8-8 regular season in 2008, I believe the team may be flying under the radar nationally heading into the 2009 season. That may be a mistake. I'm not ready to predict the Super Bowl for this team again quite yet, but this is a strong roster. Remember, the Chargers were as hot as any team in the league at the end of the season and they are getting Shawne Merriman back. If the team stays healthy and the pass defense rebounds (which should happen with Merriman back), the Chargers will be a team to reckon with.