NFL Insider: Charean Williams’ five cents

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1 The Kansas City Chiefs’ eight victories have come against teams with a combined record of 20-41, and they have no victories over teams that have a winning record. They will be tested soon enough. After their bye next week, the Chiefs play at Denver, San Diego and Denver in a three-week span. That’s when we’ll find out if they are for real.

2 The Arizona Cardinals insist they want Larry Fitzgerald to retire a Cardinal. The receiver’s salary increases from $5 million this season to $12.75 million in 2014 with a cap number of $18 million. They would take a $10 million cap charge if they part with the 30-year-old in the off-season, but the Cardinals likely will seek to rework Fitzgerald’s deal.

3 The New York Jets benched rookie cornerback Dee Milliner mid-game twice in his first five games. The first-round pick returns to the starting lineup, even though he has allowed 16 receptions on 35 targets for 271 yards and three touchdowns, according to Pro Football Focus. Rex Ryan expressed faith this week that Milliner will become the “best corner in this year’s draft” before the end of the season.

4 Free agency didn’t agree with the Baltimore Ravens. They waived free safety Michael Huff and defensive end Marcus Spears last week. Huff, who signed a three-year, $6 million deal in March to replace Ed Reed, had four tackles and no pass deflections in seven games, including one start. Spears had knee problems since signing a two-year, $2.75 million deal.

5 Jared Allen, 31, makes $14 million in the last year of his contract. It appears unlikely he will finish his career in Minnesota, probably leaving as a free agent in the off-season. The Vikings acquired Allen before the 2008 season in a trade with the Chiefs, who used two of the picks to select tackle Branden Albert and running back Jamaal Charles.

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