AFC Notes: Chargers, Raiders, Titans

     

Chargers

  • The Athletic’s Daniel Popper says Chargers WR Keenan Allen is one of the team’s top remaining extension priorities and the two sides might even work out a deal this summer. 
  • Popper calls Chargers TE Hunter Henry priority 1B, but because he’s on the franchise tag and the extension deadline has passed, the team will need to resume talks next offseason. 
  • Chargers S Rayshawn Jenkins is another player Popper thinks will be a priority for the team to bring back, though he won’t break the bank or anything. Popper estimates he could land at around $9 million per year on his next deal. 
  • Poppers notes the Chargers will have decisions to make with C Maurkice Pouncey and CB Desmond King. If Pouncey is healthy, Los Angeles could elect to bring him back or move on to younger options like Forrest Lamp or Dan Feeney, both who would also need to be re-signed.
  • As for King, if he bounces back in 2020 Popper thinks his market will be too strong for the Chargers to keep him. 
  • 49ers DE Nick Bosa acknowledged he talked with his brother, Chargers DE Joey Bosa, about playing together someday but both were confident Los Angeles would re-sign him. (Nick Wagoner)

Raiders

Raiders QB Derek Carr said he did not consider opting out of the 2020 season and feels “tired of being disrespected” by critics. 

“Did I think about opting out? I did not. I have a lot to prove to myself. I’m going to be completely honest with you. I’m tired of being disrespected. There was no question I was going to play this year,” said Carr, via Jerry McDonald

  • Per USA Today’s Marcus Mosher, Raiders OC Greg Olson said the goal is for first-round WR Henry Ruggs to play multiple receiver spots and he’s started learning the slot. 
  • That would allow third-round WR Bryan Edwards to get on the field as the team’s other starting outside receiver across from Tyrell Williams, though Olson adds the team wants to move around Edwards as well. 
  • Raiders HC Jon Gruden called free-agent DT Maliek Collins “the key to our defense” and the team has high expectations: “He’s officially about to enter the prime of his career. He has a lot of technical knowledge of what we want done.” (Vic Tafur)
  • Gruden added Raiders DT Johnathan Hankins is in “great shape” and has bought into what new DL coach Rod Marinelli is doing. 

Titans

Titans QB Ryan Tannehill said he is not offended by critics calling his 2019 season a fluke. 

“No, I don’t get angry, I mean everyone is entitled to their own opinion,” said Tannehill, via Paul Kuharsky. “I’m just concerned (with) building on what we accomplished last year. Obviously it’s a totally new year and last year doesn’t matter. So it’s a matter of coming out, taking the next step as an offense and taking our level of performance and consistency to another level and taking advantage of every day.”

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