Early AFC West news and notes

The dream of many Oakland Raiders fans was that Bruce Allen would return to the team and perhaps bring former Oakland coach Jon Gruden back to town with him. The two were with Oakland during its resurgence earlier this decade.

Allen was an effective right-hand man for owner Al Davis. Allen gave Davis balance and helped make Oakland a serious contender. But Allen is not coming back to Oakland any time soon. He was just hired by Washington. I know this will hurt some Oakland fans. Allen is a good football man and he will help the Redskins.

Also in th AFC West:

  • Here is some good news for Oakland: Quarterback Bruce Gradkowski wants to re-sign with the team. He signed a one-year deal earlier this year. It is understandable why Gradkowski wants to come back to Oakland. He has been given a chance in Oakland and he seems to be a great fit. I expect Oakland and Gradkowski should be able to come to an accord fairly soon.

  • San Diego kicker Nate Kaeding is again the most accurate field goal kicker in NFL history. But it’s a fluid situation.

  • Dwayne Bowe is back in the starting lineup in Kansas City after he missed the past four weeks serving an NFL suspension for using a banned substance.