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AFC Notes: Chargers, Chiefs, Jets, Patriots & Raiders

Chargers

  • Jason Cole reports that the “overwhelming feeling” is that the Chargers will agree to move to Los Angeles and join the Rams in January.
  • According to Cole, the Chargers already have an acceptable deal in place with Rams owner Stan Kroenke. However, Chargers owner Dean Spanos loves the city of San Diego.

Chiefs

  • The Chiefs announced Saturday that they’ve downgraded WR Jeremy Maclin to out for Sunday’s game.

Jets

  • Rich Cimini doesn’t expect the Jets to move on from QB Bryce Petty next year.
  • Cimini says that if the Jets draft a quarterback again in 2017 it would have to be a “can’t miss” player and he isn’t sure if DeShone Kizer or Deshaun Watson would qualify as “can’t miss.
  • Cimini believes that Buccaneers QB Mike Glennon will be on the Jets’ radar once he reaches free agency this offseason.
  • However, New York will have to decide if they want a big-name quarterback like Tony Romo or Jay Cutler, a cost-effective veteran like Brian Hoyer, or to move forward with Petty or second-round QB Christain Hackenberg.

Patriots

  • Albert Breer isn’t ruling out the possibility that the Patriots could attempt to trade TE Rob Gronkowski next year, even though he’ll have a reasonable $7 million cap figure.
  • Breer mentions that the Patriots have put up with more in terms of off the field behavior with Gronkowski than with any other player and the fact that he’ll be coming off of a third back surgery could prompt them to at least listen to offers for Gronk.

Raiders

  • Jason Cole of B/R reports that of the 15 owners on the NFL Finance and Stadium committees, at least two openly questioned the logic of the Raiders leaving Oakland for Las Vegas during their recent meeting.
  • Cole says that one owner was particularly negative about the deal between Raiders owner Mark Davis and casino owner Sheldon Adelson, saying that Raiders should agree to not to local revenue sharing.
  • NFL staffers informed the two committees that Las Vegas marketing studies have showed that Vegas would have the lowest potential season ticket base of all NFL teams, according to Cole.
  • In regards to the plan being proposed by Oakland, Cole mentions that owners aren’t happy that the city is working with Fortress Investment Group, as FIG is not considered trustworthy.
  • In the end, Cole says the NFL expects to decide between “two bad situations” for the Raiders.

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