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AFC West Update: Von Miller Searching For Deal, Lockdown Cornerback Injured In Off-Field Incident


If anyone thinks that that the offseason is boring in the NFL, just have them look at everything that happened this week around the AFC West.

From contract disputes to non-football-related injuries, it's been an entertaining week around the division – oh, and the teams are back on the field wrapping up their Organized Team Activities [OTAs] too.

It's time to get you caught up with the happenings around the AFC West.



It would be an understatement to say that the Denver Broncos have had an interesting offseason.

From the retirement of Peyton Manning to the subsequent departure of Brock Osweiler, Head Coach Gary Kubiak and Co., haven't really had time to bask in their Super Bowl 50 Championship.

In addition to their uncertainty under center, the Broncos also have to figure out the future of arguably their most important defensive player– outside linebacker Von Miller.

Miller was an absolute beast against the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50, totaling two and a half sacks, two quarterback hits and one pass defensed in the Broncos' 24-10 win at Levi's Stadium, and has been designated with the team's franchise tag.

However, as it stands now, Miller and the team have not been able to come to terms on a long-term contract for the All-Pro outside linebacker.

Reports have the Broncos offer to Miller as a six-year deal upwards of $114 million, but apparently that wasn't satisfactory, and the two sides have yet to find an acceptable middle ground.

Miller is undoubtedly a game-changer on the defensive side of the football, and his status with the Broncos is something that Raiders fans should be keeping an eye on as we march closer to the start of training camp.

Miller's contract status isn't the only situation that John Elway is monitoring, as cornerback Aqib Talib suffered a gunshot wound in the right leg over the weekend.

While it's unclear who actually shot Talib – some reports say he may have inadvertently shot himself – the lockdown cornerback did not attend the team's visit to the White House earlier in the week, and the NFL is currently investigating the incident.

With both Miller and Talib's status uncertain going forward, defensive coordinator Wade Phillips can't be sleeping too well these days.



General Managers are hopeful that they'll be able to find immediate contributors with their first and second-round picks from the NFL Draft. However, a quality draft class is made by finding gems in the later rounds, and this year the Chiefs are hopeful they've found a good one in wide receiver Tyreek Hill.

General Manager John Dorsey selected Hill in the fifth round (No. 165 overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft, and so far, the West Alabama-product is making a good first impression – especially when it pertains to his speed.

Hill was clocked running a 4.24 40-yard dash as he trained for the NFL Draft, and you can teach many things on the football field, but you can't teach speed.

Coaches and players alike have taken notice of the rookie, so he'll be an interesting player to keep an eye on the rest of this offseason.



Year in and year out, Philip Rivers establishes that he's one of the top-tier quarterbacks in the NFL.

The 34-year-old gunslinger just wrapped up his 12th year in San Diego, and it in many respects it was a career year for him as well.

He threw for 4,792 yards – a career high – as well as 29 touchdowns and completed 66.1 percent of his passes.

Although the Chargers struggled mightily in 2016, Rivers was impressive, and as such he was named to the NFL Top 100 – a list voted on by current NFL players – checking in at No. 46.

Rivers is the first member of the Bolts to crack the Top 100.

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