AFC West Notes: Broncos, Chargers, Chiefs


  • Jason La Canfora expects the Buccaneers to franchise tag DE Shaq Barrett in the coming weeks.
  • Mike Klis is reporting that the Broncos had official visits with Boise State OL Ezra Cleveland and Boston College RB A.J. Dillon.
  • The Broncos also interviewed Florida State RB Cam Akers and Vanderbilt RB Ke’Shawn Vaughn this week. (Mike Klis)
  • North Dakota State edge rusher Derrek Tuszka said via Christian D’Andrea that the Broncos have shown interest in him at the combine.


Chargers GM Tom Telesco said during an interview with Sirius XM NFL Radio that he’s “making decisions to win football games” and not just to sell tickets. 

“You have to be careful about splashes,” Telesco said. “Not a lot of substance to it usually, not a lot of sustainability. You gotta be careful with that. You’re making decisions to win football games.

  • Eric Williams reports that the Chargers met with agent Carter Chow at the Combine about restricted free agent CB Michael Davis.
  • According to Williams, no one from Chargers spoke with Don Yee, the agent for QB Tom Brady, because he does not represent any players on their roster.
  • Tony Pauline of Pro Football Network reports that the Chargers intend to keep TE Hunter Henry and were considering the transition tag to keep their options open.
  • However, Pauline says there’s now a growing sentiment that the Chargers intend to work on an extension to keep him in Los Angeles for the foreseeable future.
  • Jason La Canfora says Henry is going to get franchise tagged by the Chargers and everyone he’s spoken with believes there is no chance the Chargers will let him go.


The Chiefs will franchise DL Chris Jones before the deadline to ensure he’s back in Kansas City for the 2020 season. 

Jones said he has “a mix of emotions” about being franchised. 

“It’s like a mix of emotions,” Jones said during appearing on Colin Cowherd’s show, via “Because you figure, you know, after four years, you do everything the right way, within the team way, you try to stay under the line, out of trouble, and be a good citizen for a team and for the city, you expect to be rewarded. So you know when you’re hit with the franchise tag, it can go different ways. You can feel like they’re not valuing you or they’re not valuing what you bring to the table or you can look at it as giving them time to get their horses in a cage and get something together.”

Jones did, however, say that there are no hard feelings. 

“There’s no hard feelings. It’s a business,” Jones said.

Jones added that he would like to remain in Kansas City long term. 

“It would be nice to get paid in Kansas City and stay with Mahomes and what they’re building over there — what we’re building — is exceptional,” Jones said. “I feel like we’re building a dynasty. And for Brett Veach it’s about looking at the team [and] analyzing what you can lose and what you have to keep.”

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