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AFC West Update: Quarterback Uncertainty In Denver, Another Chief Retires


With teams getting ready to officially kick off their offseason programs, and the 2016 NFL Draft now just two weeks away, things are heating up around the AFC West.

From fluid quarterback situations to players retiring, there's a lot happening, so it's time to get you caught up with the happenings around the division.



Colin Kaepernick is still a member of the San Francisco 49ers – for now.

While much has been made about Kaepernick's visits to meet with John Elway and the Denver Broncos, and whether or not the 49ers would possibly send him to Colorado, for the time being, the defending Super Bowl Champions are heading into the season with just Mark Sanchez and Trevor Siemian on the roster.

Even if Kaepernick doesn't make his way to the Broncos, Elway and his staff will have to decide on how to fill out the rest of the quarterbacks' room in Denver, and ESPN’s Senior Writer John Clayton has a few ideas of how he could do just that.



Veteran defensive end Mike Devito appeared in 13 games for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2015, but after nine seasons in the NFL, the New York City-native elected to retire, announcing his career move Monday in a letter he posted to Twitter.

"I want to thank the New York Jets, the Kansas City Chiefs and all the amazing people I have met throughout my career," wrote Devito in his announcement letter. "To all my family, friends, and fans, thank you for making an average player feel like a hall of famer. And to the game of football, thank you for the past 18 years, all the memories, and the lessons that will continue to serve me for the rest of my life."

In total, Devito played 110 games during his career, but game No. 111 was just not going to be in his future.

Interestingly, Devito isn't the only member of the Kansas City Chiefs who retired this offseason, as safety Husain Abdullah also elected to end his NFL career.



Over the course of his first two seasons in the NFL, San Diego Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen proved to be one of the most dynamic players in the NFL.

As a rookie in 2013, he eclipsed the 1,000-yard receiving mark and the next year – while he didn't reach 1,000 yards – he turned in an impressive sophomore campaign.

The former California Golden Bear was turning in another quality season in 2015 until a kidney injury suffered in Week 8 sidelined him for the remainder of the year.

However, the explosive wide receiver is back to full health and looking forward to getting back to action in 2016.

"I just want to play my game," Allen told the team’s official website. "I want to be known as the guy who goes out every Sunday and does exactly what he's supposed to do. I want people to say Keenan Allen does his job and makes his team better."

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