AFC Notes: Chargers, Chiefs, Raiders

     

Chargers

  • Joel Corry of CBS Sports thinks Chargers franchise TE Hunter Henry should look at the contract of Browns TE Austin Hooper as a starting point for his next deal. Hooper became the first tight end in the NFL to average more than $10 million per year with his deal this offseason.
  • Corry adds that while Henry is unlikely to be franchised again in 2021, a breakout season could lead to deal significantly higher than Hooper’s, especially if 49ers’ TE George Kittle makes a deal prior.

Chiefs

With the new 10-year extension, the Chiefs have QB Patrick Mahomes locked up for the next 12 years, securing one key variable in their quest to be the NFL’s next dynasty. The other biggest variable is HC Andy Reid, who would be 74 years old if he coached through the end of Mahomes’ deal. Patriots HC Bill Belichick and Seahawks HC Pete Carroll are the oldest head coaches right now at 68 years old, but Reid says he’s enjoying coaching right now and hasn’t even thought about retirement.

“In the young 70s, huh?” Reid said via a transcript released by the team. “Listen, I haven’t got to that point mentally where I’m thinking about retirement. One of the great things about this job is when you look forward to coming to work and to deal with the players and coaches. I’m lucky enough to be around good players and coaches. This guy here [Mahomes], makes it even better. He has a unique ability with what he does with his teammates. The Honey Badger [Tyrann Mathieu] was part of this too. … Both of those two guys make our jobs very enjoyable. I come to work and have two great leaders like that, along with other players who love to play the game. Listen, if it takes me into my 70s, then let’s roll. Herbie, doggone it, I’m ready to go.”

Raiders

  • NFL Media’s Charley Casserly writes that Raiders first-round WR Henry Ruggs is expected to have an instant impact on the team as a deep threat to open up the rest of the offense. 
  • Casserly adds Raiders first-round CB Damon Arnette should compete for a starting job and third-round RB Lynn Bowden Jr. will have a role as a returner and third-down back. 
  • Arnette is competing with free-agent addition Prince Amukamara and 2019 fourth-rounder Isaiah Johnson to start. 
  • Casserly notes Raiders LBs Nicholas Morrow and Marquel Lee will compete for the strongside linebacker role, while Damarious Randall will look to hold off Erik Harris to start at free safety. 
  • Per Casserly, the Raiders expect QB Derek Carr to improve in his third year in HC Jon Gruden‘s offense, particularly with his ability to hit deep shots now that Ruggs is on the team. 
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