With the NFL league year well under way, let’s look at what's still floating out in the AFC West air:
Quarterback for sale: The Broncos would like to trade quarterback Kyle Orton, but after a deal fell apart with Miami, they currently don’t have any takers. If a starting quarterback gets hurt or falters badly in the preseason, perhaps the market for Orton will revive. For now, he is running the No. 1 offense and second-year player Tim Tebow leads the second team.
Free agents: Three of our pre-free agency 10 top AFC West free agents are still available.
2. Zach Miller, tight end, Oakland: The market has been surprisingly dry. I get the feeling Miller will re-sign with the Raiders soon.
4. Malcom Floyd, receiver, San Diego: I think Floyd thought he’d get a better deal. The market is not great. Perhaps he comes back to San Diego.
8. Stephen Cooper, linebacker, San Diego: A veteran may have to wait for awhile for a deal.
Who could come: The Raiders have been connected to Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie. I’m not sure if Oakland will make a big splash. I think all four teams in the division will make some additions, but I’m not sure how high on the Richter scale the deals will be.
Rookies: We have just two unsigned draft picks in the division: San Diego defensive lineman Corey Liuget and Kansas City third-round pick Justin Houston. I don’t see any major long-term issues at this point.