Tommy Kelly sees 'writing on wall'

March, 9, 2013
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Oakland Raiders defensive tackle Tommy Kelly told the San Francisco Chronicle he expects to be released by the team. Kelly is his own agent, and he told the paper he has not had any contact with the team this offseason.

“The writing is on the wall," Kelly told the paper. "The team is going in another direction. I'm ready for the next chapter. ... They're ready too."

Quarterback Carson Palmer and receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey may have to take pay cuts to avoid being cut as Oakland tries to get enough cap room to maneuver through the offseason.

In other AFC West news:

U-T San Diego reports the Chargers have given receiver Danario Alexander the low restricted-franchise tag tender. There is a chance that a team could give Alexander a decent offer, but the truth is that he was recently on the street and has dealt with multiple knee issues. The Chargers felt it was worth the risk.

The Chargers signed long snapper Mike Windt to a four-year extension.

The Denver Post reported the Broncos visited with cornerback Dunta Robinson on Friday before he signed with the Chiefs. Cleary, Denver is in the mix for a veteran cornerback.

Pittsburgh cut pass-rusher James Harrison. His skills have been declining, and he is 34. I’m not sure there will be a huge AFC West market for him. For what it’s worth, the Chargers have a couple of the things Harrison is looking for in a new team: They play a 3-4 defense and are a warm-weather team.

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