AFC West Notes: Broncos, Chargers, Chiefs




  • Chargers HC Anthony Lynn mentioned Thursday that he wouldn’t be surprised if Philip Rivers played into his forties: “It wouldn’t surprised me if Philip Rivers plays into his 40s. He is expecting to come back every single year and lead this team to a championship.” (Sirius Radio)
  • Chargers GM Tom Telesco said of free agent TE Antonio Gates: “We’ll talk with his agents here. I don’t have an update beyond that. You have unrestricted free agents, and then you have unrestricted players that are Hall of Fame players … who still attack the game with the passion of a college free agent.” (Jack Wang)
  • Telesco also said of Gates: “He showed at the end of the year what he can still do. Those last two games that he played, when we needed him the most, he stepped up for us.” (Jack Wang)
  • When asked about taking a quarterback in round 1, Telesco said: “I wouldn’t take any options off the table. If the kid sits for a number of years, he sits for a number of years.” (Jack Wang)
  • Lynn said when asked if he looks forward to reducing Melvin Gordon‘s touches: “Scaling down Melvin’s touches? I think we were 20th in the league in rush attempts. We need to talk about giving Melvin the ball more.” (Jack Wang)
  • Chargers DE Joey Bosa recently underwent surgery to repair a dislocated finger. (Dan Woike)


  • Chiefs GM Brett Veach said they’ll likely “be in the market” for speedy receivers in the draft to take full advantage of QB Patrick Mahomes’ arm talent. (Marc Sessler)
  • Regarding free agent WR Albert Wilson, Brett Veach said: “We’d be super-excited to have him back.” (Terez A. Paylor)
  • Tom Pelissero confirmed the Chiefs will not be releasing OLB Dee Ford and plan to carry him at his $8.718 million salary for the 2018 season, which becomes fully guaranteed on March 14.