Evening AFC West notes

Mary Porter, the 89-year-old grandmother of Denver Hall of Fame-elect tight end Shannon Sharpe, has died. She raised Sharpe. A large focus on his Hall of Fame acceptance speech next month will focus on his grandmother, Sharpe said. Our condolences go out to Sharpe and his family.

  • College Football Talk reports that there is a good chance Kansas City free-agent linebacker Mike Vrabel will join Ohio State’s coaching staff. Vrabel, who will turn 36, has said he still wants to play. He is former teammates and close friends with new Ohio State coach Luke Fickell. The Chiefs would like Vrabel back because of his leadership ability. If he doesn’t come back, though, the Chiefs should be able to move on at least on the field. Vrabel’s ability is waning. He came over from New England in a trade along with Matt Cassel two years ago. Vrabel has been heavily involved in the lockout talks. He is on the NFLPA executive committee.

  • The San Diego Union Tribune looks at the freedom the Chargers may have in free agency. The Chargers have plenty to do, so it will need the freedom.

  • Former Denver washout Maurice Clarett is back in the UFL. He signed with the Omaha franchise.