AFC Notes: Broncos, Raiders, Steelers

     

Broncos

  • Jason La Canfora has spoken with some executives who believe the Broncos could be open to trading up for Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins, even after trading a fourth-round pick for Joe Flacco
  • According to Janet Oravetz, former Broncos QB Chad Kelly pled guilty on Wednesday to second-degree criminal trespassing.  
  • As part of the plea to the misdemeanor charge, Kelly will serve no jail time, perform 50 hours of community service and serve one year of supervised probation.  
  • The original charge was first-degree criminal trespassing, which could have meant up to three years in prison and a fine of $100,000.  
  • Kelly is in probable violation of the NFL’s personal conduct policy and faces a suspension if he signs with another team, per Mike Klis.  
  • The plea ends the legal process for Kelly and frees up a possible return to football, as a trial could have extended into the season.  
  • The Broncos will host Missouri QB Drew Lock for a visit.  (Mike Klis)
  • Denver has an official visit scheduled with San Jose State TE Josh Oliver. (Matt Barrows)

Raiders

Steelers

While RB Le’Veon Bell says QB Ben Roethlisberger wasn’t the only reason he wanted to leave the Steelers, he acknowledged “it was a factor.”

“Quarterbacks are leaders; it is what it is,” Bell said via Sports Illustrated’s Jenny Vrentas. “(But) you’re still a teammate at the end of the day. You’re not Kevin Colbert. You’re not [team president Art] Rooney.”

Bell also says Roethlisberger is controlling and has a tendency to play favorites.  

“The organization wants to win. Tomlin wants to win. Ben wants to win — but Ben wants to win his way, and that’s tough to play with,” Bell said. “Ben won a Super Bowl, but he won when he was younger. Now he’s at this stage where he tries to control everything, and [the team] let him get there.

“So if I’m mad at a player and I’m not throwing him the ball — if I’m not throwing A.B. the ball and I’m giving JuJu [Smith-Schuster] all the shine or Jesse [James] or Vance [McDonald] or whoever it is, and you know consciously you’re making your other receiver mad but you don’t care — it’s hard to win that way.” 

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