AFC West Rumors: Broncos, Chiefs, Raiders



  • A high-ranking source tells ESPN’s Dianna Russini the Broncos are not interested in Patriots QB Tom Brady
  • NFL Media’s James Palmer confirms the Broncos are locked in on QB Drew Lock as the starter and not interested in Brady. 
  • KUSA’s Mike Klis says the Broncos were interested in free-agent LB Christian Kirksey, but not at the two-year, $16 million price he ended up signing for with the Packers. 
  • According to Klis, the Broncos did make an offer to C Connor McGovern today but pulled it after they signed Graham Glasgow. Klis says McGovern has good enough interest from other teams that he will be moving on.
  • Free-agent DTs Michael Pierce and D.J. Reader are also among potential targets for Denver. (Renck)
  • Benjamin Allbright reports that the Broncos injured about Seahawks DT Jarran Reed
  • Denver had preliminary trade interest in RB David Johnson before the Cardinals traded him to the Texans and are still interested in adding another running back. (Klis)
  • The Broncos won’t tender restricted free agent LB Joe Jones but could re-sign him at a lower number. (Nicki Jhabvala)
  • The Broncos are still trying to work out a deal at a lower rate for RFA CB De’Vante Bausby. (Klis)
  • Denver did not tender RFA QB Brandon Allen, who was the backup and started a handful of games in 2019. (Tom Pelissero)
  • While the Broncos signed 


  • ESPN’s Jeff Darlington says he got the sense during the playoffs there was still some clear dissension between the Chiefs and DT Chris Jones on contract negotiations.
  • As long as there’s no long-term deal, Darlington says the relationship between the two sides bears watching, especially with Jones now on the franchise tag. 
  • The Chiefs did not tender ERFA WR Marcus Kemp. While they would like him back, Kemp also has interest from other teams. (Paylor)
  • The Chiefs won’t tender ERFA TE David Wells. (Teope)


  • According to Dan Graziano, the Raiders are a team to watch for Rams free agent ILB Cory Littleton, who could secure as much as $13 million per year this offseason.
  • Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer points out the situation with the coronavirus pandemic could jeopardize the ability for the Raiders to open in their new stadium on time. 
  • The Raiders are reportedly interested in Broncos S Will Parks. (Troy Renck)
  • Raiders LB Nick Kwiatkoski‘s deal is for three years and $21 million with $13.5 million guaranteed. (Aaron Wilson)
  • Kwiatkoski has base salaries of $6.75M (guaranteed), $3.37M (fully guaranteed the third day of the 2021 league year) and $6.75M. He’ll receive a guaranteed $3.375 million roster bonus in 2021 and also has annual $250,000 incentives for tackles and $1.125 million base escalators for playing time in 2021 and 2022.  
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