Could Hernandez's release affect AFC West?

The Aaron Hernandez arrest and his fast release from the New England Patriots is clearly a dominant story that shakes beyond the AFC East.

Yes, there is reason to write about it on this blog. While I think it is currently inappropriate to wonder if his future could include the AFC West, his release from the Patriots could affect this division.

The Patriots may be in need of help at tight end with Hernandez gone and Rob Gronkowski a major question mark because of injuries. The free-agent market is very weak at tight end, thus the Patriots may be forced to seek a trade.

I think both Denver and Kansas City should call the Patriots and see if they can take advantage of the team’s hole at the position. I think Denver could potentially dangle Joel Dreessen and Kansas City could potentially offer Tony Moeaki. Both players are better than any option the Patriots currently have.

Dreessen had 41 catches last season. I think Denver would be more open to move Dreessen than Jacob Tamme, because Tamme is a bigger part of the offense and has long-time chemistry with Peyton Manning. Julius Thomas was getting rave reviews for his work in the offseason, so perhaps he is ready to take the next step and become a contributor. That could make Dreessen expendable.

I am a big believer in Moeaki, who has been hampered by injuries. I’m not sure the new Kansas City regime is courting on Moeaki. Anthony Fasano was signed in the offseason and Travis Kelce was drafted in third round. I wouldn’t be shocked if the Chiefs could get something in return for Moeaki and they’d feel comfortable rolling forward with Fasano and Kelce.

One final thought on Hernandez: He is subject to a waiver claim on Thursday. I would be shocked, beyond shocked really, if any team puts a claim on him. I just couldn’t fathom it.