Around The AFC West: Donald Rumsfeld On The Raiders And Champ Checks Out

GLENDALE AZ - DECEMBER 12: Cornerback Champ Bailey #24 of the Denver Broncos stands on the sidelines during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on December 12 2010 in Glendale Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Broncos 43-13. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Sometimes, the best part of the NFL off season is taking joy in the demise of your rivals. Specifically this off season, I'm talking about the Denver Broncos and the city of Denver itself. 

Mark Kizla of the Denver Post wrote an article this morning titled "The Winter of Sports Discontent" in which he wonders aloud about the seemingly flood of sports stars leaving Denver. Kizla said, "When did all these beautiful people of Denver sports decide we make lousy neighbors? It's as if Champ Bailey, Carmelo Anthony and Peter Forsberg woke up one morning, peered out the window and thought the snowcapped Rocky Mountains looked as miserable as Cleveland."

It's so bad in Denver Kizla wrote, "Welcome to the great recession of Denver sports." Ouch. Gotta love that as a KC fan though. Those of you in Denver....is it really that bad there?

After the jump, I've got some more Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers links for you.

San Diego Chargers Place Franchise Tag on Vincent Jackson - Bolts From The Blue
Jackson has been tagged with a "non-exclusive" franchise tag, which means him and his agent can go and negotiate with other teams that are not the Chargers if they wish. If they are given an offer by another team, the Chargers can choose to match the offer or not.

Legedu Naanee Has A Mugshot - Bolts From The Blue
We've known all this for a few days. We've also known that Naanee is a free agent, and probably an unrestricted one, that the Chargers might've been considering letting go anyways. To say "this seals it" might be taking it too far, as Legedu has a great track record (and really, did nothing wrong besides being a little too drunk at the wrong time and place) and the Chargers have invested a lot of time, money and effort into turning him into a WR that can probably start in the NFL.

Donald Rumsfeld on Raiders - The Huddle
When Rachman picked Pittsburgh "because of the epic games against the Oakland Raiders in the 1970s," Rumsfeld had a response: "Nobody could support the Raiders. They're evil."

Champ Bailey Selling His House - Mile High Report
Champ hasn't directly said anything about wanting out of Denver, but you can read between the lines. As a free agent, whenever a CBA is agreed upon, Champ Bailey is free to go where he wants.... and he will.

Tebow had a hand in the development of two QBs attending the NFL scouting combine - The Denver Post
When the NFL scouting combine starts next week in Indianapolis, quarterbacks Josh Portis and Cam Newton will be there partly because of Tim Tebow. Tebow, who played at Florida from 2006-09 before coming to the Broncos, altered the course Portis and Newton took to the NFL's April 28-30 draft.

Step One In Completing The Oakland Raider Super Bowl Dream Complete: Richard Seymour Signs! - Silver And Black Pride
Today is a great day Raider Nation. Mr. Davis is following my plan to a tee. Now. let's see if we can sign Nnamdi to a reasonable contract and sign Champ Bailey.

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