AFC West Notes: Broncos, Chiefs, Raiders


  • According to Ian Rapoport, the Broncos’ succession plan for their ownership after the passing of Pat Bowlen is to have executive Joe Ellis continue as the acting owner for “at least” the next two or three years. 
  • Rapoport reports that the Broncos plan to “uphold the wishes” of Bowlen, which was to have one of his children inherit the franchise, with Brittany Bowlen emerging as the “most likely successor.” 
  • Bowlen, 29, graduated from Notre Dame with a degree in finance, received her MBA from Duke, worked in the NFL league office, and is expected to take an executive role with the Broncos later this year. 
  • Rapoport points out that Beth Bowlen remains in the mix and there was a lawsuit filed on her behalf that made the case that she should be named the team’s owner. 
  • According to Rapoport, “nothing functionally is going to change” for the Broncos with Ellis acting as owner, while Brittany Bowlen works her way into the organization. 


Chiefs TE Travis Kelce (ankle) says he expects to be “100 percent” healthy for the start of training camp next month. 

“I’m ready to go,” Kelce said, via Arrowhead Pride. “It’s kind of been a little bit of an experience just not being able to really go out there and train for the upcoming season quite yet. I don’t know if I’ve had an injury that hasn’t allowed me to get on the field, at least a little bit in the offseason, outside of my knee surgery my first year.”

“It’s been a little frustrating,” Kelce added. “I want to get out there and mesh with everyone and teach, have fun and get better. But right now, just getting healthy is the main thing, and I think we’re there. I think by the time training camp comes around, I’ll be 100 percent.


Raiders ST coordinator Rich Bisaccia said second-year P Johnny Townsend has “improved tremendously” on his hang time since last year

He’s really done a great job working on his hang time,” said Bisaccia, via Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “That’s improved tremendously (over) the course of the year. Now, we’ve given up a little bit of direction to get his hang time where he’d like it to be, and hopefully we can get both — the hang and the direction — going into training camp.”

  • Gehlken notes that Townsend and undrafted P A.J. Cole are competing in camp with Townsend being the “favorite.” 
  • According to Gehlken, Bisaccia only said there is “competition” at the punter and long snapper jobs, meaning second-year K Daniel Carlson should have no issues securing the starting kicker’s role. 

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