AFC Notes: Broncos, Chargers, Chiefs


  • According to Mike Klis, Justin Simmons and Broncos have amicably agreed to disagree. The two sides have talked and Simmons will bet on himself and play on $11.441M franchise tag this year, per source.
  • Klis writes the Broncos still love Simmons and plan to revisit a long term deal after the 2020 season.


Daniel Popper of The Athletic takes a look at 10 “pressing questions” for the Chargers’ next season, including:

  • Regarding Chargers’ first-round LB Kenneth Murray‘s usage in 2020, Popper could see LB Drue Tranquill starting as their WILL linebacker to help Murray’s development.  
  • As for the Chargers’ dimeback role, Popper expects CB Desmond King to start but could face competition from Nasir Adderley and Rayshawn Jenkins, should they covert him from safety. 
  • Popper does not think Chargers’ fifth-round WR Joe Reed will win the third-receiver job given that HC Anthony Lynn compared him to former WR Josh Cribbs. 
  • Former XFL TE Donald Parham and OL Storm Norton both have “work to do” to make the team, but Parham could have a “better shot” given the Chargers’ lack of depth behind TE Hunter Henry. 
  • At quarterback, Popper could only see Chargers’ first-round QB Justin Herbert playing as a rookie if Tyrod Taylor sustains an injury or Los Angeles plays an “atrocious season” and are out of playoff contention with “four games to play.” 
  • Popper also believes Chargers’ second-year QB Easton Stick is still on pace with his development as a backup quarterback given he was a fifth-round selection in 2019. 
  • Popper points out that the Chargers’ addition of DT Linval Joseph reflects DC Gus Bradley‘s plan to bring more pass-rushing pressure from the interior line. 


In the Chiefs’ official statement regarding DT Chris Jones‘ new four-year, $85 million extension, GM Brett Veach said re-signing Jones was a “priority” for the franchise. 

“I’d like to thank Chris and his representatives, Jason and Michael Katz for their efforts in getting this deal done,” Veach said, via the team’s official site. “Chris is an elite defensive tackle in our league, and there is no better example of that than his impact in our Super Bowl LIV victory. He’s a passionate player and guy who loves Kansas City. He wanted to be here with us, and it was a priority for us to keep him here. We’re really excited to lock him up for years to come.”

Chiefs HC Andy Reid praised Jones’ presence in the locker room and his progress as their leading defensive tackle. 

“Chris is a player that is full of positive energy, and that enthusiasm carries throughout our entire locker room,” Reid said. “He has the ability to make plays up front for us, which we’ve all seen plenty of times over the last four years. He’s come a long way since we drafted him and the best part is, he still has room to grow and learn. He’s earned this recognition, and I’m happy for him and his family.”

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