AFC West Notes: Broncos, Chargers, Chiefs, Raiders



  • Per Ryan O’Halloran of the Denver Post, Broncos GM John Elway said they targeted OC Pat Shurmur for his experience as a play-caller: “He’s been a coordinator at a lot of different spots and his background play-calling – he has a lot of experience there, too. I think that was the main thing. We thought he was a good fit for us.”
  • Elway mentioned the Broncos aren’t in a hurry to make a decision on LT Garett Bolles‘ fifth-year option: “We’ll wait. There’s no sense doing it early. We’re not going to do it until May. We’ll see when we get there where we are.” (O’Halloran)
  • Anthony Treash of Pro Football Focus lists Cowboys WR Randall Cobb as a potential free-agent target for the Broncos. 


The Chargers have a number of high-profile players slated to hit free agency this offseason, chief among them QB Philip Rivers and RB Melvin Gordon. Discussing Rivers, Chargers GM Tom Telesco said there are a lot of moving parts the team needs to consider when it decides whether or not to bring Rivers back. 

“Well he’s a free agent so there’s a lot of moving parts that come with that,” Telesco said in an interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio. “He among some other free agents that we have. I said after the season that we didn’t have the best year, obviously. We had five wins, so that wasn’t good enough. Didn’t make the playoffs and had a rough year but Philip still has good snaps in him. I think I can see that, I think everybody can see that. He still has some good snaps. He didn’t play his best in every game but guess what, our team didn’t play its best in every game either. We only had five wins. I think he still has plenty of good snaps in him but like I said, he’s a free agent. So there’s a lot of moving parts that go with that.”

Regarding Gordon, Telesco said that the runner’s holdout in an effort to get a new deal hadn’t damaged the relationship between the player and team enough to keep him from re-signing in Los Angeles. He acknowledged the market constraints of the Chargers cap situation and the wisdom of paying big bucks to a running back haven’t changed, however. 

“I love Melvin Gordon. He’s been a great player for us,” Telesco said. “He’s a player that we trade up in the first round (for), we drafted him. He came in and has done an excellent job for us. But he’s a free agent and we have to try and figure out what’s the best for our football team as we move into 2020 and beyond. Our philosophy is that we sign our own. That’s what we like to do. You can’t necessarily do that with every single player but we like to re-sign our own free agents when we can. But we’re trying to work through that process, see what works best. Melvin has shown he’s an excellent football player and deserves to get paid. He does. So we’ve got to figure out if it’s with us or with somebody else, but I love the kid. I really do.”

  • According to Pro Football Network’s Tony Pauline, people around the league think the Chargers will use the transition tag on TE Hunter Henry if they’re unable to agree to a long-term deal before free agency. 
  • Anthony Treash of Pro Football Focus lists Packers OT Bryan Bulaga as a potential free-agent target for the Chargers. 


  • Chiefs WR Demarcus Robinson (illness) was the only player to miss practice Wednesday, per ESPN’s Adam Teicher.
  • Chiefs DT Chris Jones ended up playing as a game-time decision despite pessimistic reports Sunday. Chiefs HC Andy Reid anticipates Jones’ status being less up in the air for the Super Bowl in two weeks: “I think he feels pretty good. He didn’t have a setback so that was good.” (Teicher)
  • Anthony Treash of Pro Football Focus lists Broncos CB Chris Harris as a potential free-agent target for the Chiefs. 


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