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Around the AFC West: Broncos Trade for Veteran Center with a Super Bowl Ring

A roundup of this week’s headlines around the AFC West division


Here's what happened this week around the AFC West:

Denver Broncos

Broncos trade for center Gino Gradkowski from the Baltimore Ravens

"Gradkowski, a fourth-round selection by the Ravens in the 2012 NFL Draft, is entering his fourth NFL season,"'s Ben Swanson wrote. "He started at center for all 16 games in his second NFL season. During the 2013 season when he started every game, Gradkowski helped the line support quarterback Joe Flacco reach career marks in passing attempts, completions and passing yards."

Gradowski won the Super Bowl as a rookie with the Ravens in 2012.

Read the full article***here***.

*WR Demaryius Thomas opens up about his status on SiriusXM's NFL Radio

Broncos sign former Raiders defensive tackle Antonio Smith

San Diego Chargers

Chargers make changes on their offensive and defensive lines

The Chargers' director of college scouting was mentored by Walter Payton

"Kevin Kelly was 17 years old when he met Walter Payton," **Robert Klemko* of The MMQB writes. "It was 1982, and the Bears running back had just finished his seventh NFL season—at age 27 already the fifth-leading rusher in NFL history. Payton was nearing the peak of his celebrity, elusive and powerful on Sundays, and unstoppable in the mind's eye of 17-year-old boys on varsity football teams in Illinois. Kelly, who played at Barrington High in Chicago's northwest suburbs, liked to train late at night during the offseason at a local 24-hour health club because the weight room was usually empty at that time. One Friday, Kelly arrived at midnight, scanned the room—and there was Walter Payton."*

Read the full article***here***. host Jordan Beane spoke with general manager Tom Telesco to discuss the latest on the San Diego offseason

"So far, so good," Telesco said of the offseason so far. "You can't makeover your team in free agency. That's been proven not to work. Very few impact players even get to free agency. They're either resigned by their original club or their franchise tagged, but that all being said, you can add some complementary pieces; you can add some new pieces here and there."

Watch the full interview***here***.

Oakland Raiders

ESPN's Adam Caplan joined the official podcast to discuss the offseason

The Radiers re-signed defensive lineman C.J. Wilson

The Raiders released defensive tackle Antonio Smith

The 11-year NFL veteran started 16 games for the Raiders last season, recording 20 combined, three sacks and one forced fumble last season.

Around the NFL's Marc Sessler discussed the move in this article. As you can read above, Smith would sign with the Broncos.

Photos of AFC West players and staff in the news recently.

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