Madden cover chase: Then there were none

The AFC West Madden cover dream is over for another year.

In the round of 16, Carolina quarterback Cam Newton whipped San Diego tight end Antonio Gates. Newton moves to the Elite 8 of the Madden cover competition, which is based on an ESPN SportsNation vote. Gates was the final AFC West representative remaining in the competition.

Until next year.

In other AFC West news:

ESPN’s uniform expert reviews all of the team’s uniform changes. There were very little changes for the four AFC West teams. Kansas City owner Clark Hunt talked about the importance of keeping the team’s tradition with the new uniform deal with Nike.

The Chiefs have re-signed defensive back Travis Daniels. He is a backup.

Here’s more talk that the Raiders are working on a long-term deal with franchised safety Tyvon Branch. The Raiders have long indicated that is a goal this offseason. It would give the team some cap relief.

In a procedural deal, the Broncos re-signed exclusive rights free agent punter Britton Colquitt. He wasn’t going anywhere, anyway.

UPDATE: I just talked to someone in the know in the Dave Tollefson talks. He has yet to make his decision and he is expected to visit the Titans on Thursday as planned. But the Raiders are considered strong contenders for the Bay Area native and former Oakland practice squader. He would provide strong defensive-line depth.