AFC West Notes: Broncos, Chargers, Raiders

     

Broncos

  • Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer writes not to expect much movement in negotiations for Broncos S Justin Simmons, or any other players on the franchise tag, until closer to the July 15 deadline. 

Chargers

Last offseason, Chargers CB Chris Harris spent much of his off-time trying to finagle an extension or a trade from the Broncos heading into the final year of his deal. The two sides ended up settling on a compromise that guaranteed Harris a little more in 2019. But after signing a two-year deal with the Chargers in free agency this offseason, Harris is relieved not to have to deal with business drama and to be able to just focus on football this offseason. 

“I am fired up, man,” Harris said via NBC Sports’ Fernando Ramirez. “Last year, there was a lot of stuff going on with me. Mentally, you never know how stuff will wear down on you, and I think it just did. Going into this year, I feel so happy, and I have a clear mind. I feel very comfortable here.”

  • Joel Corry of CBS Sports expects Chargers DE Joey Bosa to demand a contract that will make him the NFL’s first non-quarterback with a $25 million annual salary and a holdout “could be inevitable.”

Raiders

New Raiders LB Nick Kwiatkoski paid his dues his first three seasons in the league with the Bears. He started for stretches in his first two years before becoming primarily a special teams player in 2018. But after injuries opened up an opportunity, he took it last year and excelled with 74 tackles, three sacks, one interception, one forced fumble, four pass defenses and a safety. The result was a three-year, $21 million deal from the Raiders and a chance at a full-time starting opportunity. 

“It’s an opportunity that I feel like I’ve earned,” Kwiatkoski said via the Athletic’s Tashan Reed. “I’m excited to see what I can do as the full-time guy. I’ve been through a lot of different changes, position changes and ups and downs in Chicago. So, to come in on Day 1 and be able to have a full season under my belt and show what I can do, I’m excited about it. I can’t wait.”

  • The Athletic’s Vic Tafur thinks the Raiders prior investments at safety rule them out in any trade for Jets S Jamal Adams
  • He adds the Raiders are still weighing whether to keep or cut G Gabe Jackson, who’s due sizable guarantees Monday. 
  • Tafur notes the Raiders did try to re-sign DB Daryl Worley, albeit at a lower salary than he made in 2019, before the veteran signed with the Cowboys. 
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