AFC West

Jackson might be third Raiders rookie starter
ALAMEDA, Calif. -- It appears the Oakland Raiders will have two rookies starting on offense when they open the season at the New York Jets on Sunday.Oakland coach Dennis Allen said that Khalif Barnes remains at right tackle and third-round pick Gabe Jackson will replace him at left guard Sunday as Menelik Watson continues to work his way through a hip issue.

Going with Carr the right move for Oakland
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ALAMEDA, Calif. -- This is the second consecutive Labor Day that the Oakland Raiders have replaced a starting quarterback with a youngster.The Raiders hope their decision to make rookie Derek Carr the starter -- the team's first rookie quarterback to start a season and the 18th starter since Rich Gannon left nearly 10 years ago -- ends the quarterback turnstile in Oakland.

Cairo Santos good fit as Chiefs' new kicker
Cairo Santos learned the rules of football by watching "Madden" on his Xbox. He went undrafted in May, is so youthful that he looks closer to 14 than 22, and on Sunday, he will replace the most accurate kicker in Kansas City history when the Kansas City Chiefs open the season against Tennessee.

Chargers sign DT Ricardo Mathews
SAN DIEGO -- In need of depth along the defensive line, the San Diego Chargers announced the signing of defensive tackle Ricardo Mathews on Monday.At 6-foot-3 and 300 pounds, Mathews was among the final roster cuts for the Houston Texans.

Timing of Smith contract is added bonus
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Alex Smith tried to put up a brave front as the summer dragged along without a contract extension with the Kansas City Chiefs. Smith steadfastly maintained he was focused on preparing for the upcoming season and not on the negotiations.

Chargers release RB Marion Grice
SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Chargers continued to churn the roster as they prepares for the regular-season opener at Arizona.The Chargers released sixth-round selection Marion Grice on Monday, according to a source.

Broncos got Ware to lead defense
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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- In his time as the Denver Broncos' chief football decision-maker, John Elway has exercised age restraint in free agency. He's willing to get aggressive in the annual auction, but he's also looking for younger players -- in their 20s -- on their first trek into free agency.

Chiefs claim DE Square from Eagles
The Kansas City Chiefs corrected an imbalance of sorts on their roster when they claimed a defensive lineman, Damion Square, off waivers from the Philadelphia Eagles and released a tight end, Richard Gordon.

QB Lindley highlights Bolts' practice squad
SAN DIEGO – Quarterback Ryan Lindley is returning home. Released by the Arizona Cardinals during final roster cuts, the San Diego native and former San Diego State player made his way through waivers and will be added to San Diego’s practice squad, the team announced.

Broncos might be younger than you think
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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Things could still change if the Denver Broncos look at the hundreds of players who were sent into the open market in recent days and see a name or two they like.

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