AFC West Notes: Drew Lock, Broncos, Chargers

     

Drew Lock

  • According to Nicki Jhabvala, the Broncos signed second-round QB Drew Lock to the same offer they previously gave him, which included a $75,000 workout bonus in 2021 and another $100,000 workout bonus in 2022.
  • Jhabvala adds that Lock received the same contract and bonuses as Broncos’ second-round G Dalton Risner and was not offered the “quarterback premium” he was reportedly seeking. 
  • Broncos second-round QB Drew Lock said he never considered holding out of camp: “I was anxious to get out on the field. … I told my agency if it looked like I was missing practice, no chance.” (Jhabvala)

Broncos

It’s been a rough road at quarterback for the Broncos since Peyton Manning retired. The team has turned to Trevor Siemian, Brock Osweiler, Paxton Lynch and Case Keenum, with little success to show for it.  Now, with Joe Flacco and second-round QB Drew Lock, they hope they have the answer. 

“It’s a hard position to fill,” GM John Elway said via ESPN’s Jeff Legwold. “We tried to shake all these trees around here the last four years and the quarterbacks didn’t fall out. So it’s difficult. We’ve taken a lot of shots, we’ve tried a lot of different situations. … Hopefully with Joe, we’ve got it solidified with Drew working under him. It’s been a battle, but this league’s a battle. It’s been a tough situation, especially at that position. … [But] I’m excited for that position.”

Flacco is 34 and struggled the past few seasons in Baltimore, however the Broncos feel like he’s a good fit in their scheme. He also gives them a bridge to allow Lock time to develop and reach his potential. 

“We just felt that with Joe coming in, getting him in a trade, and where he is in his career, we feel like he’s in his prime,” Elway said. “At least we hope he is. To have a young guy like Drew learn under him and be able to kind of solidify that position for a while — obviously we’ve been looking for one since Peyton retired. That’s always a difficult position to fill, but we finally feel pretty good about that position and where we are.” 

Chargers

Chargers RB Melvin Gordon says he has the support of his teammates in his pursuit for a new contract, even if he has to hold out into the regular season and start missing games. 

“They’re all behind me. They all got my back,” Gordon said via ESPN.com. “They all told me you know what — we don’t really speak on contracts — but you just go and do what’s best for your family. And I’m glad I got that support from them.”

Gordon has told the Chargers he either wants a new deal commensurate with what running backs at the top of the market make or to be traded to a new team. However, he says his goal is to remain in Los Angeles. 

“Just because we’re going through contract issues right now doesn’t mean I want to get traded,” Gordon said. “I love being a Charger. I don’t want them to feel like I don’t want to be there.” 

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