AFC Notes: Chargers, Colts, Jaguars

     

Chargers

  • The Athletic’s Michael Lombardi says that while the Chargers would love to sign Patriots QB Tom Brady, he’s doubtful Brady will choose to go to Los Angeles.
  • Lombardi expects the Chargers to move on from QB Philip Rivers, draft a quarterback with their first pick and start QB Tyrod Taylor until the rookie is ready.  

Colts

Colts nickel corner Kenny Moore signed a major extension before the 2019 season, locking a key piece of Indianapolis’ defense up for four years and $33.3 million. However, the rest of 2019 was more of what Moore termed a “rollercoaster” as he fought through a broken thumb in the preseason before an ankle injury cost him the last four games of the season. 

“As a player, it doesn’t just come back to you automatically. It’s not magic,” Moore said via the Athletic’s Stephen Holder. “Every player in the locker room goes through that. I mean, all we do is train in the offseason and you can’t replicate games. So, you have to make every game count. So, it was really a roller coaster.”

  • The Athletic’s Michael Lombardi writes that Chargers QB Philip Rivers would be a good fit with the Colts, as they have the offensive line to protect him and the cap room to sign him. 
  • The Colts tried out OTs Jamal Campbell and Devon Johnson on January 29. (Howard Balzer)

Jaguars

The announcement that the Jaguars would be the first NFL team to play two home games overseas in London in 2020 sparked a renewed flurry of speculation about a potential move across the ocean for the franchise. However, Jaguars team president Mark Lamping claims the deal is more about creating revenue to allow the Jaguars to stay in Jacksonville as opposed to laying a foundation for a move.

“[Jaguars owner] Shad Khan’s been very clear,” Lamping said in an interview on SiriusXM NFL Radio. “The most important thing he wants to do is bring a Super Bowl to Duval County, and obviously we have a lot of work to do on that front. But the other thing he wants to do is ensure that there’s NFL football in Northeast Florida for many generations to come.”

Lamping explained the expansion to two games, which will be played consecutively next season, is part of a deal with the city of Jacksonville regarding a mixed-use development that he says is “changing the feel and energy of downtown Jacksonville, and as downtown Jacksonville goes, so will the Jaguars.”

“London supplements what we’re doing in Jacksonville,” Lamping said. “It certainly doesn’t replace it.”

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