NFL: Madness in the AFC West

The Las Vegas Raiders have shown they want to play in a strong AFC West with the signing of Chandler Jones and the blockbuster deal for Davante Adams. What chances does the team from Sin City have for the playoffs – and what are the construction sites in the squad?

The first major domino to fall in the entire league this offseason was Russell Wilson’s replacement for the Denver Broncos.

For a package of two first-round picks plus more picks and more players, the Broncos finally secured the franchise quarterback at Wilson that Mile High City had been missing since Peyton Manning’s days. In free agency, Randy Gregory, a strong pass-rusher, was hired to go on a quarterback hunt against Bradley Chubb.

The Chargers also stepped up early in the offseason, swapping second- and sixth-round picks for the Chicago Bears for Khalil Mack, who along with Joey Bosa will form what may be the league’s most dangerous pass-rush duo.

In addition, the Bolts picked up what is reportedly the best cornerback on the market, in JC Jackson and were able to close another hole in the row. Add to that the extension with wide receiver Mike Williams and several reinforcements in the defensive line, and the Chargers have one of the best lists in the league on paper.

The Kansas City Chiefs must regroup after the departure of Tyreek Hills. The restart began with the wide receivers JuJu Smith-Schuster and Marquez Valdes-Scantling – and suddenly a lot of wooden ammunition. Security Justin Reid must help replace bully Mathieu.

Raiders: “Do anything to win”

Looking at the greatly improved AFC West, the Raiders looked like the team with the worst list in the division on paper, despite reaching the playoffs last season.

The new Raiders head coach, Josh McDaniels, announced at his first press conference in the office: “We will do whatever it takes on and off the field to win.”

How serious the Raiders were with that, they have impressively demonstrated in the previous offseason. First, Chandler Jones, one of the best pass rushers in the league, was signed, then Davante Adams, probably the best wide receiver in the entire NFL, was traded to Vegas.

So it was clear: the Raiders will not hide in AFC West, but will try to win it.

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