Our sources have heard the following whispers from around the AFC West:
• The Raiders' young receiving corps gained experience and matured in 2010, but one team observer said the team would benefit from adding an older veteran to the mix at the position. There is speculation that WR Chad Ochocinco, who had new Raiders head coach Hue Jackson as a position coach for three seasons (2004-06), could end up in Oakland if the Bengals decide to cut ties with him this offseason. Ochocinco is not on good terms with Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis, and Ochocinco has said nothing but good things about Jackson.
• With potential defensive coordinator Jim Mora pulling his name out of the running, we hear the Broncos' next target for their defensive coordinator position could be Packers defensive line coach Mike Trgovac. He worked with Fox from 2002-08 in Carolina and was promoted from DL coach to defensive coordinator after just one season. Fox has already shown loyalty to assistant coaches from the previous regime by retaining Mike McCoy as his offensive coordinator and might like the idea of bringing in a coach who has experience working with the defensive line, particularly since that was always a position of strength for the Panthers.
• The Chiefs' decision to promote Mark Donovan to team president came as no surprise, we hear. When president Denny Thum stepped down in September, Donovan assumed most of his responsibilities, so it was only a matter of time before the new title became official. Donovan, who joined the club as chief operating officer in 2009 after spending six years in the Eagles' front office, will be in charge of the team's business operations.
• For the first time, the Chargers have lowered prices on season tickets for 2011, likely because of their sagging attendance in 2010. Even though they were coming off a season in which they won a division title, the Bolts had three home games blacked out this past year. According to reports, the team is lowering the cost of 6,500 seats about 15 percent while leaving the price of the rest of the season tickets the same in the hope that attendance will rebound next season.