The AFC West is mostly considered the Chiefs’ division but the Broncos, Raiders, and Chargers made moves to close the gap. Here are logical trade or free agent targets for every team.
Kansas City Chiefs: Dre Kirkpatrick
After winning it all, the Chiefs are in cap hell and need help at the corner back position with Bashuad Breeland possibly gone. There are better options like Logan Ryan here but it is unlikely that the Chiefs can afford any of them. Kirkpatrick has been an average starter and is now on the wrong side of 30 but does provide immediate help to a secondary that needs it. The Chiefs will need to clear some cap space to sign him but a contract should come under two million.
Contract: 1 year, 1.5 million (Fully guaranteed)
Los Angeles Chargers: Kenny Stills
The Chargers have their QB of the future and they have another QB with starting experience on their roster. The defense seems complete but the offense could use some receiver help or some tackle help. Stills could be traded to save the Texans cap space and he would fit as the number 3 receiver for the Chargers behind Keenan Allen and Mike Williams. Stills would likely not cost much because the Texans are likely unloading him and the Chargers should be more than willing to go after more weapons in the future for Herbert.
Compensation: 2021 6th round pick
Las Vegas Raiders: Nigel Bradham
Bradham had a couple good years with the Eagles from 2016-2019 but is yet to be signed. The Raiders addressed linebacker in free agency but they do need one more linebacker and Bradham is a guy who can play right away. It is unlikely to cot the Raiders much to sign him and it brings a veteran presence to a young defense. Another position of need is corner back but one has to presume that the influx of draft capital into the position means that they don’t need free agents.
Contract: 1 year, 4 million (Fully guaranteed)
Denver Broncos: Prince Amukamara
The Denver Broncos need a corner back to play alongside Bryce Callahan and A.J. Bouye. Amukamara played for Vic Fangio in Chicago so the fit makes sense here like it did with Bryce Callahan last year. Amukamara had a career year in Chicago in 2018 under Fangio and could be counted on to return to that form even on the wrong side of 30. He would likely come cheap as the market for corner backs has dried up and he would likely be one of the last pieces to completing that Broncos defense. A sub 5 million dollar contract is likely.
Contract: 1 year, 3.5 million with an additional 1.5 million in play based incentives