AFC West links: Breakthrough in Oakland?

Denver Broncos

Jeff Legwold of The Denver Post says the Broncos plan to be active in free agency once the market opens.

Lawyers for Perrish Cox urged police not to release an affidavit that "lays out evidence supporting sexual-assault charges against the cornerback."

Kansas City Chiefs

Chiefs cornerback Donald Washington is nervous that the lockout will continue to drag on.

With Mike Vrabel out of the picture, the Chiefs need to find someone to play opposite Tamba Hali.

Oakland Raiders

Steve Corkran of the Sporting News: "The Raiders are convinced they are on the precipice of a major breakthrough this season. However, they face a much tougher schedule in 2011 and will be hard pressed to duplicate their impressive feat of going undefeated in the AFC West."

San Diego Chargers

Jay Clemons of the National Football Post uses Ryan Mathews as an example of a player who didn't live up to expectations in his rookie season.

Brian Wright compiles a list of the 11 worst excuses in NFL history, and Shawne Merriman comes in at No. 11.