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2022 NFL Free Agency, Live Updates: AFC West

The AFC West’s free agency/offseason started fast, as the Broncos seemingly traded away one-eighth of its team and several draft picks for former Seattle signal-caller Russell Wilson’s services. But all of the division’s quarterbacks have a lot to deal with on the other side of the ball. The Raiders added Chandler Jones and Khalil Mack returns to the division as a Charger. To top it off, the Broncos signed former Cowboys standout Randy Gregory to pair with Bradley Chubb. The updates are live, so please come back to see who your favorite team signs or loses in free agency.

AFC West

Kansas City Chiefs

Offensive Free Agents

  • OT Orlando Brown Jr. (Franchise tag)
  • FB Michael Burton (re-signed)
  • WR Josh Gordon (returned on futures deal)
  • QB Chad Henne (re-signed)
  • OL Kyle Long
  • RB Jerick McKinnon
  • WR Byron Pringle (agreed to terms with the Bears)
  • OT Mike Remmers
  • WR Demarcus Robinson (agreed to terms with the Raiders)
  • RB Darrel Williams
  • OL Andrew Wylie (re-signed)
  • OC Austin Blythe (agreed to terms with the Seahawks)
  • TE Blake Bell (re-signed)

Defensive Free Agents

  • S Armani Watts
  • CB Charvarius Ward (agreed to terms with the 49ers)
  • S Daniel Sorensen (agreed to terms with the Saints)
  • DT Jarran Reed
  • LB Dorian O’Daniel
  • DL Derrick Nnadi (re-signed)
  • DE Alex Okafor
  • LB Ben Niemann
  • S Tyrann Mathieu (agreed to terms with the Saints)
  • OLB Melvin Ingram
  • CB Mike Hughes (agreed to terms with the Lions)
  • LB Anthony Hitchens

2022 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Placed the franchise tag on OT Orlando Brown, Jr. and restructured the contract of DE Frank Clark
  • Agreed to terms with S Justin Reid (Texans) on a three-year deal, WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling (Packers) on a three-year deal, WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (Steelers) on a one-year deal, LB Jermaine Carter (Panthers), RB Ronald Jones II (Buccaneers)
  • Re-signed FB Michael Burton to a one-year deal, re-signed QB Chad Henne to a one-year deal, DT Derrick Nnadi to a one-year deal, OL Andrew Wylie to a one-year deal,
  • Released LB Anthony Hitchens
  • Traded WR Tyreek Hill to the Miami Dolphins for a 2022 first-round pick, 2022 second-round pick and 2022 fourth-round pick. They also received a fourth-round pick and sixth-round pick in the 2023 NFL Draft
  • Lost CB Charvarius Ward (49ers), CB Mike Hughes (Lions), OC Austin Blythe (Seahawks), WR Demarcus Robinson (Raiders), WR Byron Pringle (Bears), S Tyrann Mathieu (Saints)

Los Angeles Chargers

Offensive free agents

  • WR Mike Williams (re-signed)
  • TE Jared Cook
  • OG Oday Aboushi
  • LS Matt Overton
  • OG Michael Schofield
  • OT Bryan Bulaga (released)
  • OG Senio Kelemete
  • KR/PR Andre Roberts
  • K Dustin Hopkins
  • QB Chase Daniel (re-signed)
  • TE Stephen Anderson
  • C Scott Quessenberry (Agreed to terms with the Texans)
  • RB Justin Jackson

Defensive Free Agents

  • LB Kyzir White (agreed to terms with the Eagles)
  • DT Justin Jones (agreed to terms with the Bears)
  • CB Davontae Harris
  • DT Christian Covington (re-signed)
  • OLB Uchenna Nwosu (agreed to terms with the Seahawks)
  • OLB Kyler Fackrell
  • CB Ryan Smith
  • DT Linval Joseph
  • CB Chris Harris Jr.

2022 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Traded a 2022 second-round pick and 2023 sixth-round pick to the Chicago Bears for OLB-DE Khalil Mack
  • Agreed to terms with CB J.C. Jackson (Patriots) on a five-year deal, DT Sebastian Joseph (Rams) on a three-year deal, LS Josh Harris on a four-year deal and DT Austin Johnson (Giants), P JK Scott (Jaguars), LB Kyzir White (Eagles), LS Josh Harris (Falcons)
  • Released OT Bryan Bulaga, re-signed QB Chase Daniel to a one-year deal
  • Re-signed WR Mike Williams to a three-year deal
  • Tendered RFA TE Donald Parham, WR Jalen Guyton and OT Storm Norton
  • Lost OLB Uchenna Nwosu (Seahawks), C Scott Quessenberry (Texans), DT Justin Jones (Bears), LB Kyzir White (Eagles)

Denver Broncos

Offensive free agents

  • QB Teddy Bridgewater (Agreed to terms with the Dolphins)
  • RB Melvin Gordon
  • RT Bobby Massie
  • RT Cam Fleming
  • TE Eric Saubert
  • C Brett Jones

Defensive free agents

  • CB Kyle Fuller
  • CB Bryce Callahan
  • S Kareem Jackson
  • LB Alexander Johnson
  • OLB Stephen Weatherly
  • DT Shamar Stephen
  • CB Mike Ford
  • CB Nate Hairston
  • DL Justin Hamilton
  • LB Micah Kiser (agreed to terms with the Raiders)
  • LB Josey Jewell (re-signed)
  • LB Kenny Young
Former Dallas Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory, pictured, posted a career-high 17 quarterback hits in 2021. The Broncos signed him in free agency this offseason.

2022 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Traded QB Drew Lock, TE Noah Fant, DL Shelby Harris, a 2022 first-round pick (9th overall), a 2022 second-round pick (40th overall), 2022 fourth-round pick and a 2022 fifth-round pick in exchange for QB Russell Wilson (Seahawks). They also traded away a 2023 first-round pick and 2023 second-round pick in the exchange for Wilson
  • Agreed to terms with DE Randy Gregory (Cowboys) on a five-year deal, DT DJ Jones (49ers) on a three-year deal, TE Eric Tomlinson (Ravens), OL Billy Turner (Packers), DB K’Waun Williams (49ers), S J.R. Reed (Giants), LB Alex Singleton (Eagles), QB Josh Johnson (Ravens),
  • Lost QB Teddy Bridgewater (Dolphins)
  • Re-signed LB Josey Jewell to a two-year deal and OT Calvin Anderson (one-year deal)
  • Tendered OLB Malik Reed, QB Brett Rypien, DB P.J. Locke and LB Jonas Griffith

Las Vegas Raiders

Offensive free agents

  • QB Marcus Mariota (Agreed to terms with the Falcons)
  • RB Jalen Richard (Agreed to terms with the
  • WR Zay Jones (Agreed to terms with the Jaguars)
  • OG Richie Incognito
  • WR DeSean Jackson
  • OG Nick Martin
  • TE Derek Carrier
  • OT Brandon Parker
  • OL Jermaine Eluemunor (re-signed)
  • RB Peyton Barber
  • FB Alec Ingold (agreed to terms with the Dolphins)

Defensive free agents

  • OLB Nicholas Morrow (agreed to terms with the Bears)
  • DT Johnathan Hankins (re-signed)
  • LB K.J. Wright
  • DL Quinton Jefferson (agreed to terms with the Seahawks)
  • DL Solomon Thomas (agreed to terms with the Jets)
  • CB Casey Hayward (agreed to terms with the Falcons)
  • DT Gerald McCoy
  • CB Desmond Trufant
  • LB Marquel Lee (agreed to terms with the Bills)
  • DL Darius Philon
  • CB Brandon Facyson (agreed to terms with the Colts)
  • CB Damon Arnette

2022 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Agreed to terms with DE/OLB Chandler Jones (Cardinals) on a three-year deal, DL Bilal Nichols (Bears) on a two-year deal, CB Darius Phillips (Bengals) on a one-year deal, FB Jakob Johnson (Patriots), RB Brandon Bolden (Patriots), WR Mack Hollins (Dolphins), WR Demarcus Robinson (Chiefs), TE Jacob Hollister (Jaguars), RB Ameer Abdullah (Panthers), LB Kyler Fackrell (Chargers), DT Kyle Peko (Titans), LB Jayon Brown (Titans), S Duron Harmon (Falcons), DT Vernon Butler (Bills), OL Alex Bars (Bears)
  • Gave S Dallin Leavitt a right-of-first refusal RFA tender
  • Re-signed OG Jermaine Eluemunor, DT Jonathan Hankins
  • Lost OLB Nicholas Morrow (Bears), WR Zay Jones (Jaguars),
  • Signed DE Maxx Crosby to a four-year extension
  • Traded DE Yannick Ngakoue to the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for CB Rock Ya-Sin
  • Lost CB Casey Hayward (Falcons), WR Zay Jones (Jaguars), CB Brandon Facyson (Colts), DL Quinton Jefferson (Seahawks), LB Nicholas Morrow (Bears), FB Alec Ingold (Dolphins), DL Solomon Thomas (Jets)

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Los Angeles Rams vs. Chicago Bears, 12-9-18: In-game report

Chicago used a physical defense and excellent special teams play to defeat the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday Night Football.  The Bears topped the Rams, 15-6, and are on the doorstep of winning the NFC North.  DraftNasty’s Troy Jefferson gives his impressions in this in- game report:

Tarik Cohen

The Sunday night showdown was largely about the defensive efforts of the respective teams but running back Tarik Cohen left his mark on the contest. Head coach Matt Nagy is as creative a playcaller as there is in the NFL, he follows his mentor, Andy Reid’s philosophy of getting your best players the ball in space.  Cohen can make plays in the passing game, the running game and through his return ability. Cohen (5’6 179) is one of the smaller players in the league but he is built well and has very strong legs. The back isn’t afraid to lower his shoulders and run behind his pads and between tackles. Coupled with his acceleration, Cohen is a hard cover. His running back mate, Jordan Howard, runs most of the power running plays between the tackles but Cohen can run the same concepts but at a lower rate. The former North Carolina A&T running back makes his money on the outside and in space.  The Bears running back finished with 111 all-purpose yards, and the team as a whole put up 336. 

Bears defense 

A mark of a good defense is the ability to make the opposing offense uncomfortable and force them to find new ways to score. Chicago forced Rams quarterback Jared Goff to throw four interceptions and held Los Angeles to 214 yards of total offense. The pocket was rarely clean for Goff, who was sacked three times and when it was clean, he rushed throws and made errant reads.  Chicago didn’t do much better than the Rams offensively (294 total yards) but the Bears have the type of defense that can carry its football team. Khalil Mack stirs the drink but the Bears possess playmakers at all three levels of the defense. 

Rams play calling 

The Rams rank in the top five in scoring per game, passing yards per game and rushing yards per game but looked ordinary against the Bears.  Sean McVay is a Coach of the Year candidate and the honor is warranted but his play calling was suspect on Sunday night.   The Rams best player offensively, Todd Gurley, carried the ball just 11 times and he finished with just three receptions despite being targeted seven times in the passing game. The passing numbers aside, Gurley should’ve seen more touches in the running game.  On 2nd and 15 to start the third quarter, McVay opted for a shotgun set when his team was on its own five-yard line.  Bears defensive lineman Eddie Goldman capitalized and sacked Goff for a safety. 

“Really, consistently over and over I continue to put our players in bad spots,” McVay said during the postgame press conference. “Certainly a humbling night, but it’s one you get a chance to look at yourself critically, find a way to get better and move forward accordingly and that’s exactly what we’re going to do and that’s all I know how to do.  And I have to be better for our football team.  This loss is on me.  I didn’t do a nearly good enough job for us today.  I trust we will respond the right way.” 

The Rams coach accepted blame for the loss. Look for Los Angeles to establish the running game early in their next game against the Eagles. 

Oakland Raiders vs. San Francisco 49ers, 11-1-18: In-Game Report

A battle of the Bay Area featured two of the worst teams in the NFL. However, San Francisco thoroughly dominated its area rivals on Thursday Night Football, winning 34-3. DraftNasty’s Troy Jefferson gives his impressions in this in game report:

Nick Mullens 

Undrafted second-year quarterbacks don’t usually complete 16-of-22 passes for 262 yards and three touchdowns in their first career start.  But thanks to a poor defense and an excellent game plan, Mullens was aided in his debut. Head coach Kyle Shanahan’s first 15 script of play calls allowed his quarterback to get comfortable through the use of bootlegs, screens and power running.  The 49ers scored their first touchdown of the game with a play action pass from Mullens to wide receiver Pierre Garcon, who ran wide open over the middle.  Mullens’ teammates said his ability to perform on the primetime Thursday night stage didn’t surprise them.

“It was cool that he didn’t change under the big lights and these circumstances,” cornerback Richard Sherman said, during a postgame press conference according to ESPN.  “We’re not really surprised. We’ve seen him do it in practice. He plays with a lot of confidence.”

Mullens executed the game plan to perfection and might see additional playing time as the team’s primary backup, thanks to a strong performance. 

George Kittle

Mullens looked to tight end George Kittle whenever he needed a big play.  Kittle finished with four catches on four targets for 108 yards and one touchdown.  The second-year tight end made an impressive one-handed grab over the middle on 2nd and 12 and sprinted for a 71-yard gain to open the third quarter.  On the season, Kittle has caught 41 passes for 692 yards and three touchdowns.  As the 49ers cycle through quarterbacks, Kittle has remained a constant at tight end and his production hasn’t slipped no matter who has been behind center. 

Raiders miscues 

The 49ers had their way with the Raiders but Oakland committed more than their fair share of mental mistakes.  On offense, Derek Carr was harassed all evening due to a  shuffling offensive line because of injuries. The Raiders gave up eight sacks and as a team totaled just 242 yards of total offense. Defensively, the Raiders were penalized for having too many men on the field in the second half, left receivers wide open on bootlegs and couldn’t set the edge to prevent long runs.  Oakland traded away young talent in Amari Cooper and Khalil Mack and it looks like their eyes are on the future. The Raiders might not win many games in 2018 thanks to a lack of talent but that doesn’t excuse the mental errors that plagued both sides of the ball against the 49ers.