The KC Chiefs have been fairly quiet in free agency and as the reigning Super Bowl champions, they have the right to be trusted with their approach right now. The other teams in the division, however, are making moves right and left.
Kansas City Chiefs fans have seen a few members of last year’s Super Bowl winning team depart and head elsewhere, but the team hasn’t really signed anyone at the moment. The three other teams in the AFC West have been making sure to sign free agents in order to help them compete with the Chiefs in the division.
There’s no debating who the best quarterback is in the AFC West or who the best head coach is, so it’s smart for the three other divisional teams to be adding whoever they can to help them contend against KC. The Broncos, Chargers, and Raiders are all very much putting emphasis on bringing in defensive talent in hopes that they can slow down Patrick Mahomes and the KC Chiefs offense.
Let’s start with the Denver Broncos, who had a slight resurgence at the end of the 2019 season and ended things at 7-9 after a terrible start. The Broncos have been bolstering their defense in free agency, trading for A.J. Bouye and Jurrell Casey and they also saw enough of their porous offensive line in 2019 and added guard Graham Glasgow.
The Broncos have potential in 2020, but it all comes down to how Drew Lock does in year two of his career. There’s film on the Mizzou man now and we saw him struggle big time against an actual good team last season (that was against the Chiefs in case you forgot).
The Raiders finished with a 7-9 record also and at one point, NFL pundits thought they were a better team than the Chiefs. We saw how quickly the Raiders imploded, but they’re adding key free agents for their first year in their new home of Las Vegas.
The Raiders have been busy in free agency, adding Cory Littleton, Carl Nassib, Eli Apple, Jeff Heath, Maliek Collins, and Nick Kwiatkoski on the defensive side of the ball while also signing Marcus Mariota and Jason Witten on offense. Jon Gruden knows this team needs to make a splash in Las Vegas from day one and the team has added plenty of new faces to try and turn things around for the silver and black.
The Chargers, after going 12-4 in 2018 and making the playoffs, fell off big time in 2019. They’ll look very different in 2020 without Philip Rivers taking snaps for them (which hasn’t happened since 2005), but the Bolts are continuing to amp up their defense with additions of Chris Harris and Linval Joseph. They’ve also brought in Bryan Bulaga to help with their o-line play.
The Kansas City Chiefs might not be making moves in free agency, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The rest of the division is doing everything they can to try and remain competitive against Kansas City while Mahomes is still young and in his prime. Can you really blame them?