AFC West notes

In this Insider piece,Insider Football Outsiders look at the biggest holes for each AFC West team. As a whole, the division needs defensive help soon.

Former Denver safety Kyle McCarthy announced on Twitter he has signed with the Chiefs. He has a chance to be a bottom-of-the-roster player.

Three AFC West players are in the top 10 of CBS Sportline’s top-50 free agent list, including Chiefs’ cornerback Brandon Carr at No. 2. The Chiefs will likely put the franchise tag on either Carr or receiver Dwayne Bowe.

CSNBayArea praises the Raiders’ decision to cut cornerback Stanford Routt. He was being paid too much money, but the reality is Oakland is now without any starting-quality cornerbacks, have limited draft picks, and a lot of salary-cap work to do.