AFC West Notes: Broncos, Chiefs, Raiders

     

Broncos

Broncos CB Chris Harris, an impending free agent following the 2019 season, told a reporter he had “13 more weeks” left in Denver after the Broncos’ fourth-straight loss to open the season. Since then, Harris tried to walk back any sentiment he’s not committed to the team, tweeting, “I love being a Bronco, and the only thing I am unhappy about is losing. Anyone who suggests otherwise is flat out wrong

“Like I said in my tweet, I love being here. I’m a Bronco, the Broncos have been very gracious to me and very good to me, Elway and the Bowlens, and I’m going to do whatever I can to continue to work hard and try to turn this around,” Harris said via Troy Renck of Denver Channel 7. “That’s what it’s about. I’ve been here through the very highs and the lows and I’m not going to stop here and quit. I’m going to keep fighting for this team and do whatever I can to get us back on track.”

After bursting onto the scene as a rookie with 12 sacks, expectations were high for Broncos LB Bradley Chubb in his second season. But just as Denver’s season has nosedived after an 0-4 start, Chubb’s sophomore campaign was derailed with a torn ACL suffered during Sunday’s game, seven years to the day after he tore the same ACL in high school. However, Chubb says he’s going to take a positive look on rehab and come back next year better than ever. 

“It sucks right now but it’s going to make me a better person, so I’m looking forward to the journey,” Chubb said via Pro Football Talk. “Just because I’m sidelined with an injury doesn’t mean I can’t be Bradley Chubb. My thing is to take as much positive from this situation as I can and just move forward.”

Chiefs

  • The Kansas City Chiefs worked out LB Chuck Harris, DT Braxton Hoyett and LB Christian Sam on Tuesday. (Aaron Wilson)
  • Chiefs signed DT Braxton Hoyett to their practice squad. 

Raiders

Before the Raiders traded him to the Bears, DE Khalil Mack thought he’d be like any other top-five draft pick and play the majority of his career with his original team as long as he played well. Mack did that, earning a reputation as one of the best defensive players in the NFL in his first few seasons. But when the time came for a contract extension, the Raiders balked. The Bears didn’t, which is why he’s in their colors as they prepare to take on the Raiders this week in London.

“That’s the expectation when you get drafted to a team: You want to be there for the long haul and bring championships and all those good things,” Mack said via ESPN’s Jeff Dickerson. “It’s the business side of it that doesn’t really let you do that.”

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