AFC Notes: Broncos, Chargers, Colts

     

Broncos

Broncos P Sam Martin said he was “definitely interested” in re-signing with the Detroit Lions, but elected to join Denver instead. 

I did have an offer to go back to Detroit,” Martin said, via Jeff Risdon of LionsWire. “I was definitely interested in going back to Detroit.”

Martin said that Lions K Matt Prater, who played with the Broncos from 2007-2014, helped influence his decision to sign with Denver. 

Combined with all the praise I used to get from Prater on Denver on  a weekly basis about how much he loved the city and Colorado in general, it became the place where I really wanted to land,” Martin said. “Detroit was definitely still on the table but Denver was a little more appealing and the contract was as well.

Chargers

New Chargers OT Bryan Bulaga mentions that he is glad to be reunited with OL coach James Campen, whom he played under for eight years in Green Bay. In fact, it’s possible that Bulaga would not have ended up in Los Angeles if it weren’t for Campen.

“It was a big deal for me,” Bulaga said, via ChargersWire.com. “Going into a new place when I’ve been somewhere for 10 years and having a familiar face in the room, and especially someone I trust very much. I think Coach Campen’s a hell of a coach. I think he’s a hell of a person, too.”

  • Chargers LB Kyzir White has been charged with reckless driving following an incident in March. (TMZ)

Colts

Colts GM Chris Ballard said the organization is still disappointed with their 7-9 finish last season and took the blame for failed expectations. 

This season’s going to be remembered for being a 7-9 season, and that’s a stain that does not easily wash away,’’ said Ballard, via Mike Chapell of Fox59. “We’re disappointed organizationally where we’re at. And all of that . . . starts with me. When we don’t succeed and we don’t meet expectations, that directly falls on my shoulders.”

Colts HC Frank Reich believes their staff “accomplished a lot” this offseason when considering the additions they made. 

“As you look at what we were prioritizing, we accomplished a lot of what we wanted to accomplish,’’ Reich said.

Reich is confident that the Colts built a “good roster” this offseason and is excited about their potential. 

“I think Colts fans should be really excited right now. I know you don’t want to get over-hyped. You’d rather under-promise and over-deliver, but I’m excited. I think Colts Nation should be excited. This roster is a good roster; good players, good talent.’’

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