Chargers' interest in Marshall makes sense

The San Diego Chargers are interested in adding a veteran presence to their young crew of cornerbacks. The Miami Herald is reporting that the Chargers on Thursday visited with Richard Marshall, who was cut this week by the Miami Dolphins and is the best cornerback currently on the market.

The Chargers are thin at the position. If signed, Marshall would likely be the nickel cornerback and would also compete with Shareece Wright for a starting spot. Marshall could have the edge because he has experience that Wright does not have. The Chargers lost their two starting cornerbacks, Antoine Cason and Quentin Jammer, in free agency. They are fine at one spot with free-agent pickup Derek Cox.

Marshall, known as a strong locker-room presence, has ties to the Chargers’ staff. He was in Carolina with coach Mike McCoy and in Arizona with offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt.

In other AFC West notes:

Kansas City coach Andy Reid was on ESPN’s “NFL Insiders” show Thursday and said that running back Jamaal Charles is ready to go after suffering a minor foot strain on Aug. 12. Reid would not commit to him playing Saturday at Pittsburgh. But the bottom line is this: Charles will be ready for Week 1.

Also, Reid said receiver A.J. Jenkins – acquired in a trade for Jon Baldwin with San Francisco on Monday – has quickly adjusted well.