AFC West Notes: Broncos, Chiefs, Raiders

     

Broncos

Mike Klis spoke with DL Shelby Harris about his free agency experience this offseason prior to re-signing with Denver, which included working out with DE Derek Wolfe who has since signed with the Ravens.

“It was frustrating but it was encouraging because no matter what every day we were working our butts off,” Harris told Klis. “You can’t control what teams want you. You can’t control what they offer. What you can control is putting in the work.”

Only recently did the Broncos and Harris finally come together in order to discuss his return, and he is eager to remain in the system of Denver HC Vic Fangio for another season.

“When I was told they would be OK working out a one-year deal they definitely shot up because my family is here,” Harris said via Klis. “We lived here for 3 years. But also just to be able to play in Vic’s system one more year … I wanted to stay in same system.”

Harris mentioned to Klis that he was also interested in coming back in order to join his old teammates, as well as some of the Broncos new additions such as DL Jurrell Casey

“What really went into my choice of coming back was a group of guys that we had and new additions that we made, I feel like Denver’s on its way up.”

Harris also told Klis that he had several other offers for a one-year deal, but ultimately chose to return to the Broncos after not receiving the type of contract that he expected.

“Well, after the numbers weren’t what we wanted, I felt like let’s do another one-year, prove it to prove I can do it again and be able to hit the market again next year or re-up with the Broncos. Just another chance to go prove myself.”

Chiefs

  • Chiefs DT Mike Pennel‘s one-year, $1.047 million deal includes a $137,500 signing bonus and $910,000 base salary, $750,000 of which is guaranteed. (Aaron Wilson)
  • Chiefs WR Demarcus Robinson’s one-year deal is worth $2,297,500 fully guaranteed. This happens to be the maximum allowed to qualify for the new veteran salary benefit under the CBA. Robinson will only count around $1 million against the Chiefs’ 2020 salary cap. (Tom Pelissero)

Raiders

  • Scott Bair writes that while newly signed players such as LB Cory Littleton, LB Nick Kwiatkoski and CB Eli Apple are slated to be starters for Las Vegas, others such as DT Maliek Collins, DE Carl Nassib and S Jeff Heath are all also expected to see significant playing time and have the ability to become starters for the team before or during the season.
  • Bair mentions that despite signing WR Nelson Agholor, the Raiders are still likely to attempt to upgrade their receiver group in the draft.
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