With all the noise made Tuesday in NFL free agency, for the most part, the AFC West was completely silent. One can understand why the Denver Broncos are content to wait to see how the market unfolds. They were one misplayed pass away from the AFC championship game. One can even understand the Kansas City Chiefs being quiet. They have their quarterback in Alex Smith and recently signed cornerback Dunta Robinson. But with all the needs the Oakland Raiders and the San Diego Chargers possess it is hard to understand their lack of movement.
Games cannot be won in March, but teams sure can miss chances to be competitive by standing around during the NFL’s free agency dance party. According to NFL.com Chargers general manager Tom Telesco is not about big spending, at least not this season. He was quoted as saying “There’s a time and place, but that time and place for it is not this year.”
Raider’s general manager Reggie McKenzie inherited a mess in Oakland, one even bigger than he originally perceived. “It’s a little more of a makeover than we thought,” he recently told the Mercurynews.com. The Raiders currently have less than 50 players under contract and they need bodies everywhere. McKenzie is going to have to do a great job bargain shopping and using the Raiders draft picks well.
As free agency rolls along, fans of the AFC West may just want to turn away. It does not appear that some of our favorite teams out West will be making any big splashes this year. Laying a foundation is never fun and exciting, but without it nothing built will last. Hopefully these general managers are building teams that can be competitive for years to come.