Midday notes: Oakland legend retires

It is an end of an era in Oakland.

Willie Brown, a Hall of Fame cornerback, is retiring from the coaching staff. He pent the last 15 years as a defensive backs assistant. Several Oakland players were close to Brown.

Brown has basically been a fixture in Oakland since he was acquired in a trade from Denver in 1967. Brown was a great Raider. Please join me in wishing him the best in his retirement.

Four AFC West players made the All-Pro first team: Denver: LT Ryan Clady and LB Elvis Dumervil; Oakland: P Shane Lechler; San Diego: K Nate Kaeding. You can’t argue with any of those choices.

Oakland signed return specialist Yamon Figurs to a future contract. The college star has bounced around the NFL the past three seasons. He was a third-round pick of Baltimore’s in 2007.