The AFC West was easily the best division in the AFC last season. It sent three of its teams to the playoffs, and one to the Super Bowl. And in the NFL’s 2014 Free Agency all they did was get better.
The Kansas City Chiefs lost a number of strong players very soon into free agency so they worked to replace the positions that they had lost. The biggest names signed by the Chiefs are CB Chris Owens from the Dolphins, LB Joe Mays from the Texans, OL Jeff Linkenbach from the Colts, DT Vance Walker from the Raiders. Owens, Linkenbach, and Walker all were necessary signing for Kansas City to fill in where they lost players and prepare themselves for the upcoming season.
“The Chiefs maybe could have gone out their box more and got better players before they were off the market,” said Grant Leibee.
The Denver Broncos lost a couple of good players but replaced them with even better ones. The additions of WR’s Emmanuel Sanders and Andre Caldwell will only benefit their record breaking offense. The addition of defensive players S T.J. Ward, DE DeMarcus Ware and CB Chris Harris Jr. have Broncos fans hoping that if they make it to the Super Bowl again, they will be able to keep their opponent from scoring 43 points on them. And OT Winston Justice was signed after the announcement of the retirement of OL Chris Kuper. Because of free agency Denver has put themselves in a favorable position the repeat as AFC Champions.
“I don’t know if the Broncos could get any better than what they did last season, but if they could it would be with the additions of these players,” said Clayton Jacks.
The Oakland Raiders may have caused is biggest surprise in the NFL by actually signing good players. There is no way to explain it, but someone must have tricked all of these players into thinking that Oakland was a desirable place to go. The Raiders signed huge names such as CB Carlos Rogers, RB Maurice Jones-Drew, re-signed S Charles Woodson, WR James Jones, OL Kevin Boothe, re-signed RB Darren McFadden, DL Anotnio Smith, DE Justin Tuck, LB LaMarr Woodley, OT Austin Howard, and OL Rodger Saffold. My fear is that with the addition of these players that next year the Raiders might actually be a real team, and will make this division even harder.
“The Raiders are awful and they will always be awful, no matter who they sign,” said Ty Seiwert.