AFC Notes: Broncos, Browns, Chiefs, Raiders



Broncos GM John Elway did not rule out the possibility of moving on from veteran WRs Demaryius Thomas or Emmanuel Sanders this offseason if they need the additional cap room.

I think as we get closer and as we get into free agency once we get back to the office, start looking at availability and what’s out there, [we] rank the free agents that are available,” Elway said, via Troy E. Renck. “Then we will also look at ourselves, look where we are and look where we are budget-wise and cap-wise. As we gather information once we get back, we’ll start putting the plan together with all of those considerations going into the decision.”

Elway added that the “first step” for the team this offseason is to determine their interest in the free agent market.

That’s the first step. There is no question. I think seeing where all of that falls — first thing’s first,” Elway said. “Even though we go to the combine, once we get back to the office after the Super Bowl is over, we’ll dig into the free agency side of it. That will be the focus until we get to the Combine.”


Browns HC Hue Jackson said that the possibility of signing a big-name quarterback and drafting a quarterback with the No. 1 overall pick is “on the table” this offseason.

“I think all of those things are on the table,” Jackson said, via Nate Ulrich of “I think you discuss all of those things and you work through all of those things as you go through this.” 

“Do we want to be in that situation again? No, we don’t. You need to have a quarterback that knows how to win in the National Football League, but circumstances sometimes dictate otherwise,” Jackson added. “You just don’t know how things will unfold, but if we had the best of all of the worlds, we would want a guy in there who has won in the National Football League and knows what that looks like and what that position has to play like to have that.


Chiefs HC Andy Reid said that he will reassume play-calling duties next season now that Matt Nagy is the new head coach of the Bears.

“I’m gonna go back to doing that — I’ll do that,” Reid said, via Terez A. Paylor of The Kansas City Star. “I did it at Denver, against Denver. And I was very happy with Matt (Nagy), but we’ve had some change, and whatever I think is best for the team, I’ll go from there.”


  • Former Lions QBs coach Brian Callahan is scheduled to meet with the Raiders on Thursday regarding their quarterbacks’ coach job. (Jason Wolf)