Around the AFC West

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Kansas City

Monty Beisel wants to be a leader this time around in Kansas City.

My take: The Chiefs can use all the veteran leadership they can get. On defense, it will start with former New England linebacker Mike Vrabel. Beisel, coming off a trip to the Super Bowl with Arizona, can help the cause. Kansas City is one of the youngest teams in the league. Every bit of leadership will be welcome.


Warren Sapp ripped Tom Cable.

My take: Sapp is a quote machine who says things just to get a reaction. That is his right, but if I was a Raiders' fan or if I was Cable, I wouldn't worry too much about what the retired Raider says. Truth be told, Oakland's success does not hinge on what Sapp says.

San Diego

Antonio Gates wants to remain with the Chargers.

My take: That's good news for San Diego. Gates is a special player who San Diego will want to stick around for several years. The Chargers and the superstar tight end have talked about a contract extension. This will be a great investment because Gates helps San Diego in every aspect of the game. He is truly a keeper and that fact that he is happy in San Diego cannot be underscored.