AFC West links: Thomas prefers Manning

Denver Broncos

The Tim Tebow-Demaryius Thomas connection from last season's playoff win against Pittsburgh might be one of the team's most memorable touchdowns in history, but Thomas wasn't overly nostalgic when Tebow was shipped out to make room for Peyton Manning. Thomas said Thursday that he prefers playing with a prototypical passing quarterback such as Manning. "It's a business decision," Thomas said, via SportsRadioInterviews.com. "I ain't going to say I was sad, because the only thing they remember is that pass. You gotta go back and look at the rest of the games."

Guard Chris Kuper hopes to return to the field by June from the gruesome ankle injury he suffered in the regular-season finale, reports Mike Klis of the Denver Post.

Kansas City Chiefs

CBSSports.com’s Clark Judge breaks down where the Chiefs stand by position group heading toward the draft.

Memphis defensive tackle and combine darling Dontari Poe visited with the Chiefs recently.

Oakland Raiders

The Raiders on Thursday signed Andre Hardy, a former basketball player at Cal State Fullerton and Oral Roberts, to play tight end. Hardy never played college football.

GM Reggie McKenzie would take a pass on the Raiders appearing on HBO's "Hard Knocks," reports CSNBayArea.com's Paul Guttierez. "I like Raider business to stay Raider business, that's all," McKenzie said Wednesday.

San Diego Chargers

GM A.J. Smith has a history of making draft-day trades. Smith has traded at least once in six of nine drafts since becoming general manager in 2003, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune's Michael Gehlken. “We’re wide open,” Smith said Thursday. “We have been always since I’ve been here, and we’ve done everything. We’ve gone up in the attack. We’ve bailed out in the past, and we’ve stayed where we are. It depends on circumstance.”

The team's website takes a look at Alabama cornerback DeQuan Menzie, who says he's open to switching to safety in the pros.