AFC West Blog
The Raiders' leading receiver from 2014, Andre Holmes, has decided to sign his surprisingly low tender, which will pay him $1.542 million this season. Had he signed with another team and had Oakland decided not to match the offer, the Raiders would not have gotten any draft compensation in return. However, Holmes garnered little interest on the free agent market.
According to the Dallas Police Department, both Aqib Talib and his brother are under investigation for aggravated assault. There was allegedly some sort of altercation at a Dallas-area nightclub during the early morning hours of Wednesday. There has been no report of an arrest or charges being filed to this point.
Restricted free agent wide receiver Rod Streater will officially be back in Oakland when he signs his second-round tender Monday, according to reports. The one-year tender is worth $2.356 million. Streater is returning from a foot fracture that limited him to just three games and nine receptions last season.
Emmanuel Sanders said Monday that he's been told by the Broncos that he'll see more time in the slot in three-receiver sets this fall. Sanders spent a lot of time in the slot while at Pittsburgh and some time there last season. Sanders will still remain outside in two-WR sets.
Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders said earlier today that he's been told by his coaches that he will play more often out of the slot in 2015. But he didn't just speak about himself moving inside. He also praised second-year wide receiver Cody Latimer, who will line up outside.
"On my Twitter, I'm real vocal about Cody, and that's because I believe in Cody," Sanders said. "Cody, he's a special player. He has strong hands. He's a physical tool. I think this is going to be the year that he jumps on to the map -- on to the scene. I think he's going to have a big year. I'm happy he is on my team and in our wide receiver group."
Michael Crabtree is expected to sign with the Raiders as soon as tonight, according to Fallon Smith of CSN Bay Area.
Crabtree has played his entire six-year career with the 49ers. The former 10th-overall pick has been a disappointment, all things considered. He showed promise early, improving in each of his first four seasons, leading to a career year in 2012. However, a ruptured Achilles in 2013 has derailed his career. Last season, he caught 68 passes in 16 games, compiling fewer than 700 yards.
The Broncos re-signed their 2014 breakout linebacker Brandon Marshall on Monday. He was an exclusive-rights free agent. The 25-year-old seemingly came out of nowhere last season. In just 14 games, he tallied 113 tackles, two sacks and one interception. Marshall was thrust in to the starting role due to injuries to Danny Trevathan.
Chiefs star RB Jamaal Charles admitted Tuesday to playing through injuries and being frustrated for all of last season. However, he said he feels good now.
"My body has healed up, rested up," he said.
Charles went on to talk about his struggles in 2014 while dealing with knee, foot, back, ankle and hamstring ailments.
"I was frustrated more last season as I've ever been because of all of those injuries," he said. "I was frustrated because I didn't feel my body was right the whole season. But I battled through that time. That's all I could do. I felt like I was in a fight and I had to respond. I had 12 weeks to finish the season, and it felt to me like I had 12 rounds to go."