OFF-SEASON TRACKER: AFC WEST

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Our off-season trackers cover all of the important moves that each team makes between the end of the 2016 season and the start of the 2017 one.

Logo Broncos DENVER BRONCOS

RETIRED: DeMarcus Ware – In a huge blow for the Broncos, Ware informed them that he was retiring with immediate effect. This is, arguably, a bigger loss than Peyton Manning, who was both a declining force and known to be playing out his final years. Suddenly, the Broncos defense and John Elway‘s plans both have massive holes in them.

SIGNED: Ronald Leary – The offensive line has been the bane of the John Elway reign in Denver, but former Cowboy Leary is a good upgrade at guard. (09/3)

 

Logo Chiefs KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

SIGNED: Bennie Logan – The former Seahawk adds depth to the Chiefs’ defensive line and should see more action than he was getting in Seattle. (13/3)

RELEASE: Jamaal Charles Time was when Charles was one of the most feared running backs in the NFL, but time and injuries have taken their toll and with almost two full seasons of inactivity behind him the Chiefs are sticking with those who have played in his stead. (28/2)

RE-SIGN: Eric Berry – We’ve said elsewhere that we’re not going to be reporting every last player who signs a new deal this year, but for the Chiefs retaining Berry, arguably their best player on either side of the ball, was a priority. Berry wasn’t best pleased to be franchise-tagged in 2016 and both sides will be very happy that they’ve managed to avoid this happening again. (28/2)

SIGN: CJ Spiller – This might not be a long term move. Spiller bounced around the NFL in 2016 and was last on a roster in December, when he was cut by the Jets. He turns 30 this year, which is long in the tooth for a running back. In all, it’ll be a surprise if he is still in Kansas at the end of August.

 

logo-chargers-new LOS ANGELES CHARGERS

RELEASED: King Dunlap – With Okung on the roster the veteran Dunlap was deemed surplus to requirements, although there will still be a market for his services as a rotational lineman somewhere in the NFL. (13/3)

SIGNED: Russell Okung  – The left tackle gets a second big money free agency move. His time in Denver wasn’t great, but he’s still a big improvement on anyone the Chargers had on their roster and, with Philip Rivers not getting any younger, should be money well spent. (09/3)

CUT: Brandon Flowers – As the first day of true free agency wore on, the Chargers kept cutting, parting with the veteran cornerback in an effort to gain even more cap room. (07/3)

CUT: Stevie Johnson – Johnson has bounced around the NFL for the last couple of seasons, but spent all of 2016 on injured reserve. With very little cap space to play with he’s an obvious cut for the Chargers. (07/3)

CUT: DJ Fluker – The former first round pick never really trained on in San Diego, and now he isn’t going to get a chance to do so in LA. He’ll pick up a role as a rotational player somewhere in the NFL, but his days as a starter with a big money contract are over. (07/3)

FRANCHISE: Melvin Ingram – Only Khalil Mack among outside linebackers has as many sacks and tackles in the last two seasons, so it is no wonder that the Chargers want to hang onto one of their best players as they begin their new life in LA. (28/2)

Logo Raiders OAKLAND RAIDERS

SIGNED: Cordarrelle Patterson – Patterson really wanted to stay in Minnesota, but the team had less love for the return man than he had for them. The Raiders, never ones to pass up a genuinely swift player, have snapped him up and he’ll be an interesting new option for Derek Carr in 2017. (14/3)

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