Does Hines Ward fit in the AFC West?

The Steelers have announced that they will release receiver Hines Ward. I don’t think there will be great AFC West interest in him, but I could see San Diego being interested in adding the reliable veteran on a short-term deal. Ward, who turns 36 on March 8, could be a nice third or fourth receiver for Philip Rivers. I’m not sure if the division's other three teams would be perfect fits at this point.

Ward said he plans to play in 2012. He has former Pittsburgh coach connections in Arizona, Jacksonville and Indianapolis, among other places.

In other AFC West news:

Alex Marvez thinks the Broncos and Chiefs could show interest in free-agent quarterback Chad Henne, who played for new Kansas City offensive coordinator Brian Daboll in Miami last season. Henne would present a strong challenge to both Tim Tebow in Denver and Matt Cassel in Kansas City.

Here is a transcript of Carson Palmer’s entire interview with SiriusXM Radio.

The Indianapolis Star is reporting that talks between the Colts and prospective free agent Robert Mathis are heating up. Mathis could be a target of the Chargers if he hits the open market.

Chargers guard Kris Dielman will formally announce his retirement at a press conference Thursday morning. He is leaving the game on physician's advice after suffering a serious concussion last October. Here are my thoughts on Dielman’s retirement.