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AFC Notes: Broncos, Browns, Chargers & Jaguars

Broncos

Broncos HC Gary Kubiak was asked about DC Wade Phillips being in the final year of his contract on Friday, but he downplayed the situation, saying that it’s really not that uncommon.

“That’s not uncommon,” Kubiak said of Phillips’ expiring contract, via the Denver Post. “We think the world of Wade. Everybody knows the job that Wade has done. Those are things that will be addressed after we get through this week. But Wade’s a tremendous person and a tremendous football coach.”

Broncos C Matt Paradis mentioned that he’ll undergo staggered surgeries on both of his hips this offseason.

“I’ll be back next year. They’re very confident about that,” Paradis said, via Cameron Wolfe of the Denver Post. “We’re going to get these surgeries done and be back as soon as possible. Hopefully that means (by) OTAs.

Browns

Browns impending free agent Jamie Collins said Friday that while he doesn’t like losing, he would be willing to re-sign with Cleveland “if the money is right.

(Losing is a deterrent) but at the same time, money comes into play around that time,” said Collins, via the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “If the money is right then I could stay here. Obviously I’m not going to turn it down.”

Although, Collins did say that money is not top priority for him when it comes to where he’ll be playing.

 

  • Browns HC Hue Jackson said he’ll definitely take a look at UNC’s Mitch Trubisky during today’s Bowl game and noted that executive Sashi Brown is in attendance for the game. (Nate Ulrich)
  • An NFL personnel man who works for a team that has a good quarterback and no shot at drafting Trubisky tells Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland Plain-Dealer that the Browns should take the quarterback No. 1 overall.

Chargers

  • The Chargers announced Friday that RB Melvin Gordon (knee, hip) won’t play in Sunday’s season finale against the Chiefs. Gordon was hoping to return to earn the three yards he needed to top 1000 yards rushing this season. Instead, his year ends with him totaling 997 rushing yards.
  • Chargers RB Branden Oliver (Achilles) will begin running in January and expects to be ready for spring ball. (Tom Krasovic)

Jaguars

Jaguars interim HC Doug Marrone said Friday that he has yet to interview for the team’s head-coaching job.

“We met, but it wasn’t about the position,” Marrone said, via Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com. “It’s just the same way I’ve been meeting with Dave Caldwell, not about the position. … I happened to be walking upstairs to grab something to eat because I don’t miss many meals and basically it was just, ‘Hey, how’s it going? How’s the team? What are we getting ready to do this week?

“It wasn’t anything beyond the [immediate] future.