AFC West Rumors: Broncos, Chargers, Chiefs, Raiders

     

Broncos

Denver GM John Elway says he thinks the pressure of being the day-1 starter might have rattled QB Case Keenum.  

“I don’t know what happened. We just didn’t get things done. And it wasn’t all on Case,” said Elway via Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post.  “We had a lot of injuries in the offensive line … and I’m not trying to blame it on that, either. I’m trying to protect Case. But I will say this, too: There’s a difference being the guy rather than being a back-up.”

Because of league rules, Elway was prohibited from talking about the Broncos pending trade for Ravens QB Joe Flacco.  But he did offer some insight into his mentality for the move.  

“I’m not going to sit on my hands,” Elway said. “I’m not going to try to draft (a quarterback) and wait three years.”

Chargers

  • Los Angeles GM Tom Telesco says he will meet with TE Antonio Gates‘ agent this week and there’s a chance he returns.  (Eric Williams)
  • Chargers HC Anthony Lynn says S Kyzir White is recovering well from knee issues, and could play all three LB positions for Los Angeles next season.  (Eric Williams)
  • Telesco says he’s talked with DT Brandon Mebane‘s agent at the Combine about a return to the Chargers for the pending free agent. (Williams)
  • Telesco left the door open for a return in free agency for CB Jason Verrett.  (Williams)

Chiefs

Raiders

Raiders HC Jon Gruden did not rule out the possibility of the team trading for Steelers WR Antonio Brown at the Combine Thursday.  

“Well, I don’t like veteran players. I’ll just leave it at that.” Gruden joked via Michael Gehlken. “We’re going to look at everybody’s availability and what is best for our team.”

Gruden was also asked repeatedly about the trade that brought in a first-round pick for DE Khalil Mack.

“I’m getting tired of you bringing that up, Khalil Mack,” Gruden said via Matt Schneidman. “We made the trade for a lot of reasons, whether it’s popular or not … for the fans that aren’t happy about that, we’re really sorry about that.”

Raiders GM Mike Mayock says adding speed and competition across the roster will be a theme of this offseason.  

“We were 4–12,” Mayock said via Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer“So I like the fact that we’ve got a franchise quarterback to build around. I think we’ve got some good young talent on the defensive line that need to take a big step in Year 2. I think we’ve got some pretty good offensive linemen and we need to get more depth there. But you can look at our team and say we need team speed and we need to be more competitive everywhere.”

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