AFC Notes: Broncos, Chargers, Raiders



  • Per Aric DiLalla of the team website, Broncos GM George Paton told reporters on Thursday that “we’re still working through it” with regards to OLB Von Miller‘s team option and status for 2021. 
  • He added regarding the investigation into Miller: “We’re just going to let the legal process play out. Obviously it’s a serious situation, but we’re going to let it play out.”
  • Paton did reiterate they view Miller as a part of their plans in 2021: “We want to bring Von back.” (James Palmer)
  • Broncos DB Kareem Jackson also has an option that’s coming due that Paton has to make a decision on. He said ideally Jackson would be back: “We will see if we can do that.” (Troy Renck)
  • Regarding a potential blockbuster trade for Texans QB Deshaun Watson, Paton noted: “I can’t discuss other players who are under contract, but I’ve said before we’re going to be aggressive and we’re going to (pursue) every deal.” (Kyle Newman)
  • Broncos HC Vic Fangio, however, expressed some confidence in incumbent starting QB Drew Lock: “I feel like he will continue to improve. As for QB carousel going on around league, right now just a lot of rumors. I don’t know what’s going to happen.” (Renck)
  • Fangio is expecting to get back OT Ja’Wuan James sometime in the next few weeks after he opted out of the 2020 season: “We’re counting and anticipating him being part of our team next year.” (Renck)
  • Oklahoma State OT Teven Jenkins is scheduled to have a virtual meeting with the Broncos. (Justin Melo)
  • The Broncos have a virtual meeting scheduled with BYU WR Dax Milne. (Justin Melo)


  • Per Jeff Miller of the Los Angeles Times, Chargers GM Tom Telesco said using the franchise tag on TE Hunter Henry for the second straight season is an option but the shrinking salary cap makes it a tougher decision than last year. 
  • Telesco didn’t rule out an extension for Chargers WR Mike Williams: “We’re going to keep all options open. … I think he’s a really, really high-level football player. The opportunities that he gets, he makes big plays for us.” (Gilbert Manzano
  • The Chargers have a virtual meeting scheduled with BYU WR Dax Milne. (Justin Melo


Raiders GM Mike Mayock has dedicated a lot of resources to trying to fix the secondary in his first couple of seasons at the helm. He’s drafted S Johnathan Abram and CB Damon Arnette in the first round and added guys like CB Trayvon Mullen in the second round and CB Amik Robertson in the fourth. The level of play has not been up to par, though, and Mayock says what the unit needs now is to develop, not to have him throw more early picks at it. 

“We’ve expanded some resources in our secondary,” Mayock said via the Athletic’s Vic Tafur. “We’ve got a first-round safety in John Abram; we got a second-round corner (Mullen) who we think is going to be a very good football player. We’ve got a fourth-round corner in Amik Robertson, another first-round corner in Damon Arnette. … So, really, what we need more than anything is for all those players to take it up a notch or two. I’m talking about commitment to the game, work ethic, perseverance, being in the locker room working with your brothers.”

  • According to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, the Raiders have had “pretty extensive trade talks” for RT Trent Brown but he is not expected to be released if they are unable to find a trade partner. 

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