Kansas City Chiefs: How the West was won in 2015

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Sep 7, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Chris Ivory (33) runs the ball past Oakland Raiders safety Tyvon Branch (33) during the second quarter of a game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas City made 34 player transactions prior to the draft.

01/20/2015      Armon Binns (WR), Ricky Henry (G), Da’Rick Rogers (WR), Derek Sherrod (T), Jerel Worthy (DT), the top five with a chance to make the team in 2015 (plus 10 others signed that day).

02/19/2015      Donnie Avery (WR) released; A.J. Jenkins (WR) waived

02/26/2015      Anthony Fasano (TE) released

03/05/2015      Joe Mays (LB) released

03/06/2015      Vance Walker (DT) released

03/10/2015      Tyvon Branch (S) signed

03/11/2015      Jeremy Maclin (WR) signed

03/12/2015      Dwayne Bowe (WR) released

03/12/2015      Paul Fanaika (OL) signed

03/13/2015      Ben Grubbs (OL) signed

03/13/2015      Jason Avant (WR) signed; Richard Gordon (TE) signed; Kelcie McCray (S) signed

03/16/2015      Ron Parker (DB) signed

The Chiefs’ lone major loss was C Rodney Hudson, who signed with the Oakland Raiders. The Chiefs should reap a third-round compensatory pick in 2016 for the loss of Hudson.

Prior to the NFL Draft, the Denver Broncos had 47 player transactions including:

04/28/2015 Waived OLB Quanterus Smith

04/23/2015 Waived WR Kerry Taylor

04/13/2015 Re-signed LB Brandon Marshall (ERFA)

04/13/2015 Signed FB/TE James Casey

04/10/2015 Re-signed G Ben Garland (ERFA)

04/06/2015 Signed DE Antonio Smith

04/01/2015 Acquired C Gino Gradkowski, trade (w/ draft considerations)

03/27/2015 Signed LB Reggie Walker

03/18/2015 Signed S Darian Stewart (UDFA)

03/14/2015 Signed G Shelley Smith

03/13/2015 Re-signed LB Steven Johnson (RFA)

03/13/2015 Signed DE Vance Walker

03/12/2015 Signed P Karl Schmitz

03/11/2015 Signed TE Owen Daniels (UDFA)

03/11/2015 Re-signed TE Virgil Green (UDFA)

03/10/2015 Signed TE/FB Joe Don Duncan

03/05/2015 Re-signed LS Aaron Brewer

02/11/2015 CB Tevrin Brandon, S Ross Madison and WR Kerry Taylor signed to futures contracts

01/21/2015 Signed QB Zac Dysert to future contract

01/13/2015 Signed G Jon Halapio to future contract

01/12/2015 Signed DE Gerald Rivers to future contract

01/12/2015 Signed C Matt Paradis to future contract

01/12/2015 Signed WR Bennie Fowler to future contract

01/12/2015 Signed RB Kapri Bibbs to future contract

01/12/2015 Signed WR Isaiah Burse to future contract

01/12/2015 Signed WR Nathan Palmer to future contract

01/10/2015 LB Shaquil Barrett signed from practice squad to active roster

01/10/2015 DE Quanterus Smith placed on injured reserve

01/05/2015 LB Danny Mason signed to future contract

The most significant moves the Broncos made this offseason are the ones they didn’t make. Meaning they decided to not re-sign some excellent starters like:

T Orlando Franklin: Who is now going to protect Philip Rivers in San Diego. Shhh… it’s probably the Chargers that the Chiefs should be worried about in 2015, not the Broncos.

NT Terrance Knighton: Who is now in Washington and would have been the perfect nose tackle for Wade Phillips’ 3-4 defense.

TE Julius Thomas: His 24 touchdowns in the past two seasons are going to be missed no matter what any Broncos fan says. They’ll be missed even more now that Jeff Heuerman, their new tight end and third-round draft pick is out for the year with a torn ACL suffered in rookie camp (knock on wood).

WR Wes Welker: To hear some people talk, you’d think Welker retired two years ago but the reality is he started 21 games for Denver in that span. Welker had 122 receptions, 12 touchdowns and always presented problems for the Chiefs in coverage. Welker will long be considered one of the best, if not the best slot receiver in the game ever. Point? The Broncos have no one to replace him … and don’t say Cody Latimer.

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