AFC West Notes: Broncos, Manning, Chargers

Several of the Broncos‘ pending free agents have expressed a desire to stay put in Denver, but we learned earlier today that the club will let Eric Decker, Shaun Phillips, Mike Adams, and others test the open market. More on the Broncos and other AFC West clubs..

  • At a season-ending press conference on Tuesday, Broncos executive vice president of football operations John Elway said that the club is operating as if quarterback Peyton Manning will continue to play while preparing for the future. “Well, we’re going to keep building like Peyton’s going to be here, and when Peyton decides to hang ‘em up, we have expectations hopefully to make that transition,” Elway said, according to Mike Wilkening of Pro Football Talk. “It’s going to be tough, but we’re going to hopefully be ready for that transition, too.”
  • Eric D. Williams of looks at the Chargers‘ running back situation heading into 2014. Of course, Ryan Mathews and Danny Woodhead combined to give San Diego one of the most productive running back duos in the NFL in 2013, but the rest of the depth chart could see some changes. Ronnie Brown will be an unrestricted free agent and fullback Le’Ron McClain is unlikely to return at a cap figure of $2.5MM.
  • Joe Fortenbaugh of National Football Post asks if Decker is really worth $10MM a year. Earlier today, our own Luke Adams looked at the free agent stock of the Broncos wide receiver.
  • New Chiefs receiver Weston Dressler will be missed in Canada, writes Terez A. Paylor of the Kansas City Star. Kansas City inked the Saskatchewan Roughriders wide receiver to a reserve-futures contract earlier today.
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