Some quick-hitting news from around the AFC West:
Shawne Merriman is getting some terrible advice. The damaged linebacker (knee) is staying away from the first few days of training camp not as a holdout looking for a new deal, but as an unsigned RFA looking for assurance that the team is committed to him (whatever that means). Few players have as much to prove in 2010 as Merriman. He needs to be practicing.
Oversized tight end Brad Cottam, who showed flashes of promise at times last season, is out for the season. Cottam broke his neck in Week 15 last year and hasn’t rebounded well.
Coaches seem inclined to move franchise defensive end Richard Seymour to defensive tackle. Seymour, who was versatile as a 3-4 end in New England, is better inside than outside (especially in Oakland’s 4-3 scheme). If Seymour slides inside next to Tommy Kelly, run-stopping youngster Matt Shaughnessy and explosive second-round rookie Lamarr Houston would be the starting ends.
The Broncos say left tackle Ryan Clady is making great progress in rehabbing his surgically-repaired knee. (Clady, you may recall, partially tore his patellar tendon playing pickup basketball in April.) Of course, would you expect the Broncos to say anything about Clady that isn’t glowing with optimism? The good news is, outside observers have noted that Clady appears to be walking without a limp. The hope is that the game’s most athletic offensive tackle will be ready come mid-September.
-- Andy Benoit
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