AFC West Notes: Broncos, Chargers, Chiefs, Raiders



  • Spotrac’s Michael Ginnitti writes that Broncos S Justin Simmons is well-positioned to cash in with an extension this offseason after the safety market was reset last year. 
  • He adds the Broncos will likely cut QB Joe Flacco, clearing $10 million in cap space and adding $13.6 million in dead money. 


  • Per the Athletic’s Daniel Popper, Chargers HC Anthony Lynn said LB Denzel Perryman would start this week. Perryman was sent home last week after being late to a meeting. 
  • Spotrac’s Michael Ginnitti believes the Chargers could release Perryman this offseason despite just signing him to a two-year deal this past year.
  • He also identifies Chargers RB Austin Ekeler, a pending restricted free agent in 2020, as a strong extension candidate for the Chargers. 
  • Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer writes that the cap on Chargers QB Philip Rivers‘ career is possibly three years at most, as Rivers has expressed a desire to coach his eldest son, in fifth grade right now, in high school football.
  • Breer adds the franchise tag makes a lot of sense for Rivers. 
  • Chargers CB Michael Davis will return to the starting lineup according to Lynn, but he will also split time with CB Brandon Facyson. (Popper)


  • Per BJ Kissel of the team website, Chiefs HC Andy Reid said DE Frank Clark is seeing a specialist about his stomach issue. 
  • In addition to QB Patrick Mahomes, Spotrac’s Michael Ginnitti identifies DT Chris Jones as another top extension priority for the Chiefs this offseason. 
  • Ginnitti adds that Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins is a likely trade or release candidate given his $21 million 2020 cap hit and $14 million in potential cap savings. 
  • Reid said Chiefs RB Damien Williams, who hasn’t played since Week 11 with a rib injury, would “test it out” in practice this week. (Herbie Teope)


  • According to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, Raiders first-round rookie Josh Jacobs received positive results from the MRI on his shoulder and he should return to the field this week after missing Sunday’s game due to a broken shoulder. 
  • Per the Athletic’s Vic Tafur, Raiders HC Jon Gruden said that just because Jacobs was cleared to practice doesn’t mean that he will play: “Doesn’t mean he will or that he will play. We’ll see what happens next 48 hours.”
  • Spotrac’s Michael Ginnitti says Raiders G Richie Incognito has earned at least one more year at double the veteran minimum salary he’s playing on now. 
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