Midday AFC West headlines

The Denver Post predicts executive vice president John Elway will have at least partial ownership of the Broncos if he succeeds in his new role. I totally expect that. Elway and Denver owner Pat Bowlen are very close and Elway has ownership aspirations. This relationship is not expected to be a short-term endeavor.

Once again, San Diego general manager A.J. Smith defends coach Norv Turner. Am I surprised? No, Smith loves his coach and is always behind him.

USA Today looks at whether the Chiefs can build upon their 2010 success.

Could Nnamdi Asomugha garner $19 million a year in free agency?

NFL.com expects Brian Dawkins to play in Denver with a restricted contract. That’s what I expect. Dawkins lead players workouts in Denver during the lockout and the Broncos have given signals they would like to bring him back for another year, though he may have to take a pay cut. Still, Denver will likely try to start rookies Rahim Moore and Quentin Carter.

The word is Kansas City center Casey Wiegmann, who turns 38 this month, still hasn’t decided whether he will play this season, but the Chiefs want him back. If Wiegmann doesn’t play, second-round pick Rodney Hudson will likely start.