Hansen Hype: Must-Read AFC West Links, July 23 Edition

Christopher HansenNFL AnalystJuly 23, 2012

Sept 12, 2011; Englewood, CO, USA; Denver Broncos offensive tackle Ryan Clady (78) on sidelines in the fourth quarter against the Oakland Raiders at Sports Authority Field.The Raiders defeated the Broncos 23-20. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE

Here are the links to the latest buzz surrounding the AFC West.



A superb job by the Denver Broncos' organization and its players to reach out to the Aurora shooting victims. The Broncos' official website and the Denver Post have quotes and photos from the visit.

Ryan Clady was offered a five-year, $50 million contract and turned it down, according the Denver Post. He's reportedly seeking a deal that would pay him more than Joe Thomas. Clady might be overplaying his hand because of the arrival of Peyton Manning. As ProFootballFocus points out, you don't need an elite left tackle to win, and Clady hasn't been an elite left tackle, either.

Jeff Legwold of the Denver Post writes that the Broncos are hoping their tight ends can produce like Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez did in New England last season. Broncos might need to do a little more than hope Jacob Tamme and Joel Dreessen can produce to that level.

Manning loves training camp—he might convince the Broncos to move it off-site next year.


Kansas City

The Chiefs have the youngest roster in the NFL, according to the Kansas City Star. They are also the youngest in the AFC West by a large margin, with the Raiders being the next closest with seven players over 30. 

Chiefs' cornerback Donald Washington was arrested for driving under the influence of drugs, according the Kansas City Star. He was also arrested for marijuana possession and cited for speeding. Unfortunately, this is becoming commonplace in the NFL.

Allen Bailey is one of Football Outsiders' under-the-radar prospects (via KCChiefs.com).



Carson Palmer thinks the Raiders are a playoff team. He also eagled the 16th hole at the American Century Golf Classic in Lake Tahoe over the weekend. If Palmer plays quarterback like he plays golf, the Raiders should be in the hunt. 


San Diego

Aubrayo Franklin and Jackie Battle were signed over the weekend, bringing valuable depth to the sideline in San Diego.

Here is the San Diego Union-Tribune's Chargers' camp preview.

Nick Cepena of the Union-Tribune has 10 issues facing the Chargers this summer.