The Kansas City Chiefs have won four consecutive AFC West titles, an unprecedented stretch of dominance over the division for the storied franchise. Since 2015, the Chiefs have gone 27-3 versus divisional opponents, the best such mark in the NFL. Because of this, the Chargers, Raiders, and Broncos have been forced to build their teams with one goal – beat the Chiefs.
This offseason is no different, with all three teams gearing up to make a run at the division and knock off the defending Super Bowl champs. Below are some of the best moves made across the division since the beginning of the new league year.
5. Chargers sign Chris Harris Jr.
While many in the Chiefs Kingdom expected Harris to come to Kansas City, Harris signed with the Chargers on a two-year, $17 million deal. Harris is considered to be one of the best slot corners in the game, and now gives defensive coordinator Gus Bradley more flexibility on the back end with Desmond King, allowing him to potentially play safety as well.
4. Broncos sign Graham Glasgow
The Broncos have struggled to protect the quarterback and will need to provide a stable line in front of Drew Lock. Glasgow was one of the better guards on the market, and he brings versatility and experience to the interior of the Denver line.
3. Chargers sign Bryan Bulaga
The Chargers addressed one of their biggest needs with the addition of Bryan Bulaga. Bulaga has been one of the most consistent offensive linemen in the league, and he brings knowledge and veteran leadership to a team that may be looking to add a young quarterback through the draft next month. Along with the addition of Trai Turner, the right set of the line is solidified.
2. Raiders sign Cory Littleton
Littleton was the best LB on the market and the Raiders were able to grab him on a three-year, $36 million deal. Littleton is an every down LB who bolsters the Raider defense and fills a need. With the signing of Littleton and Nick Kwiatkowski, the Raiders can now turn their attention elsewhere for the draft with a big playmaker in the middle of their defense.
1. Broncos acquire Jurrell Casey
The Broncos bolstered their defensive line with Casey, a big body that can stuff the run game and get to the passer. Casey has made the Pro Bowl in each of the last five seasons and has averaged six sacks per season over that time. Best of all, the Broncos were only forced to give up a seventh-round pick, getting amazing value out of the deal.