How Marshall trade affects AFC West

A Denver reunion in Chicago has some current AFC West relevance.

The Bears just acquired Brandon Marshall, and his big contract, from Miami for two third-round picks. The Bears were expected to be a big player for San Diego receiver Vincent Jackson. That pursuit likely won’t happen now.

So, the Chargers will likely have one less competitor for Jackson.

Also, I wonder if Peyton Manning will be bothered to see the Dolphins traded their top receiver. The Broncos are battling the Dolphins to sign Manning.

Two years ago, Denver received two second-round picks from Miami for Marshall, which helped the Broncos move up to take Tim Tebow at No. 25. In Chicago, Marshall reunites with former Denver quarterback Jay Cutler and Denver offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates.

In other AFC West news:

The agent for Kevin Boss tweeted that he will be cut Wednesday instead of Tuesday.

NFL.com reports that Nick Hardwick’s three-year deal in San Diego is worth $13.5 million with $6.5 million guaranteed. Pretty nice deal for the Chargers. Hardwick is a fine player.

Buffalo is visiting with Houston pass-rusher Mario Williams. San Diego has been interested.