AFC West Notes: Broncos, Chargers, Chiefs, Raiders



  • The Athletic’s Greg Auman lists the Broncos as one of the potential landing spots for former Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston, though Winston would likely have more interest in Denver than the other way around.
  • The Broncos are committed to Drew Lock as their starter in 2020, but with only five starts on his resume, he’s not as established as some other quarterbacks, which could present an opportunity for Winston to start as a backup and step in later as a starter. 
  • Now that the Eagles have put CB Rasul Douglas on the block,’s Mike Kaye thinks trading him to the Broncos for RB Royce Freeman could make sense. Douglas would add depth for Denver while Freeman would replace Jordan Howard for Philadelphia and has a background with senior offensive assistant Rich Scangarello and assistant RB coach T.J. Paganetti.  


New Chargers CB Chris Harris received interest from a number of teams as a free agent but there were a few key factors that helped him narrow it down to Los Angeles. The Chargers offered a two-year deal while several other teams were only offering one. Harris’ first NFL position coach, Ron Milus, coaches the secondary for the Chargers and the idea of joining the other talented members in the defensive backfield was also appealing. 

“I just felt that they wanted me to play everywhere on the field, play the slot,” Harris said via the Athletic’s Nicki Jhabvala. “They wanted me to come in there and do what I’ve been doing my first eight years before last year, and I feel good. I’m excited to match up with Derwin James, Casey Hayward. I got more established guys around me in the secondary.”


  • Chiefs QB Chad Henne‘s two-year, $3.25 million deal includes a $750,000 signing bonus, base salaries of $1.25 million and $1.2 million, and up to $2 million in annual incentives for playing time and making the playoffs. (Aaron Wilson)
  • Henne’s 2020 base salary is guaranteed, while $750,000 of his 2021 base becomes guaranteed on the third day of the 2021 league year. 


  • According to NFL Media’s Mike Garafolo, Raiders CB Eli Apple‘s one-year deal includes a fully guaranteed $6 million base salary and $500,000 in incentives. 
  • There’s no signing bonus for Apple or other free agents the Raiders have signed this offseason, as Garafolo says cash flow is an issue for the team right now. 
  • Tom Pelissero reports that the Raiders signed WR Nelson Agholor to a one-year, $1,047,500 contract that included a $137,500 signing bonus and $887,500 guaranteed.
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