AFC Notes: Broncos, Chargers, Chiefs


  • ESPN’s Jeff Legwold notes that with Broncos S Justin Simmons playing out this past year on the franchise tag, it has players in the locker room wondering what exactly they have to do to get re-signed, as Simmons has been a model professional on and off the field. 
  • He adds Simmons could be tagged again in 2021 but that wouldn’t play well in the locker room and it’s in the interest of everyone to get a long-term deal worked out. 
  • According to ESPN’s Field Yates, the Broncos will roll over approximately $17,788,121 in cap space to 2021, with the final amount pending an audit by the NFL. 


With the sensational season from first-round QB Justin Herbert, most thought the Chargers would find an offensive-minded head coach to help maximize him going forward. That made their decision to hire former Rams DC Brandon Staley somewhat curious. But though Staley has made his money on defense, the 38-year-old former quarterback from Dayton said he has the ability to cast a promising vision for Herbert. 

“My vision for the offense really fits Justin and what he can do well,” Staley said via Pro Football Talk. “Creating a system for Justin and uniquely shaping it for his skill set, because he is unlike anybody in the NFL.”

“That’s what I was so excited about, to convey in this process, was my offensive vision, because I do consider myself an offensive coach,” Staley added. “I’ve had some great teachers who have taught me a lot of offensive football.”


  • Per Herbie Teope of the Kansas City Star, both Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes and CB Bashaud Breeland were limited in practice due to the concussion protocol. 
  • Chiefs second-round LB Willie Gay (ankle) was out as well as RB Le’Veon Bell, whose knee swelled up on him. 
  • Chiefs HC Andy Reid mentioned Mahomes took the majority of snaps with the starters, a promising indicator for his status this week. (Adam Teicher)
  • Chiefs OC Eric Bieniemy didn’t talk much about his interview process with teams in the coaching search, but confirmed: “Yes, I want to be a head coach.” (Lindsay Jones)

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