Here are some whispers we've been hearing from around the AFC:
• Broncos executive vice president of football operations John Elway recently said it's not a sure thing that QB Kyle Orton will be traded, but a PFW insider said it would be very tough to bring the veteran back. While QB Tim Tebow may not give the team the best chance to win, he does have the backing of the fans in Denver. Elway has talked about reconnecting with the fans and could lose some credibility by sticking with Orton. A daily team observer said he gets the feeling that fans would rather win three or four games with Tebow than six or seven with Orton.
• The Raiders, who acquired DL Richard Seymour before the 2009 season for their first-round pick in this year's draft, have a large collection of key free agents to make decisions on this offseason, and Seymour could be one of the more costly to keep. It appears likely that Oakland will put the franchise tag on Seymour for a second consecutive year. The 31-year-old's salary would rise to about $14.9 million under the tag.
• The Dolphins continued to fill their offensive coaching staff, and the change that raised eyebrows was moving Karl Dorrell, the team's WR coach, to QB coach. It's a position Dorrell has never held — although he has been an offensive coordinator. Dorrell moves from coaching the offensive position with the most depth on the team to the one with a big question mark surrounding starter Chad Henne and whoever will be brought in to compete with him in 2011. There was a report that Dorrell had difficulty handling WR Brandon Marshall at times, which could help explain the move.
• The Ravens have some interesting decisions to make at cornerback, where Chris Carr and Josh Wilson, who finished 2010 as starters, have expiring contracts. Carr has six years of service, while Wilson has four, and both would be unrestricted free agents if the NFL retains the rules it used in years when a salary cap was in place. The Ravens are high on CB Lardarius Webb, and Domonique Foxworth will return after missing the 2010 season with a knee injury. The way we hear it, the Ravens could look to draft a corner, too. We’re told they would be open to re-signing both players but that Carr seems more likely to be back.
• Leading up to Super Bowl XLV, Steelers offensive coordinator Bruce Arians said the team quickly knew that rookie WRs Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio Brown could be contributors. "Back in September, we knew these kids were going to have to help us down the stretch," he said of the young receivers, who emerged as key targets late in the season. Neither player was a regular contributors at the outset of the regular season, as Arians said he told WR coach Scottie Montgomery that the rookies needed to be "battle-tested" if they were to be relied on later in the campaign. Early in the season, head coach Mike Tomlin had the young wideouts compete for one roster spot. "They had to find their niche on special teams and be consistent in practice," Arians said.
• Former Titans CB Reynaldo Hill tried out for the Ravens in early February. Hill, 28, last played in the NFL in 2008. He made 26 starts in four seasons with Tennessee.