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AFC West free-agency roundup: Key additions and departures

Posted Mar 17, 2017

Who are the key additions and departures from each of the Broncos' division rivals?

Kansas City Chiefs

Key additions: DT Bennie Logan, DB Marqueston Huff

Key departures: QB Nick Foles, NT Dontari Poe, RB Jamaal Charles

After letting Dontari Poe explore free agency, the popular nose tackle landed in Atlanta with the defending NFC champions. With a hole in the middle of their line, the Chiefs brought aboard defensive tackle Bennie Logan, who spent his first four NFL seasons with the Eagles. Logan was a dependable run-stopper for Philadelphia with 163 tackles and 121 defensive stops, as tracked by Pro Football Focus. Safety Marqueston Huff is an addition for depth in the defensive backfield.

Kansas City didn't have a lot of holes to fill, particularly after they retained safety Eric Berry and guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif with long-term contract extensions. Nick Foles' departure isn't devastating, but it does leave Kansas City without a reserve quarterback who has thrown a regular-season pass.

Oakland Raiders

Key additions: WR Cordarrelle Patterson, TE Jared Cook, OL Marshall Newhouse

Key departures: RB Latavius Murray, OLB Malcolm Smith, DT Stacy McGee, T Menelik Watson, CB D.J. Hayden, SS Nate Allen, LB Daren Bates

The Raiders' biggest loss is probably Murray, who was Oakland's leading rusher and receiving threat out of the backfield. But the rest of their stable of backs, which included DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard, also shouldered a significant load of the ground attack last year. If Oakland's not confident in their ability to rely on Washington and Richard, there are options still available in free agency, including Adrian Peterson and Jamaal Charles.

Smith, McGee, Watson, Allen and Hayden are also sizable losses, as they combined for 34 starts last season. McGee was a strong piece of their run defense on the line, but over his career, McGee has played just 30.6 percent of the Raiders' defensive snaps, per Pro Football Focus.

Though Oakland hasn't yet utilized free agency to address any of those departures, they added two offensive pieces with Patterson and Cook. Patterson's a speedster who gives the Raiders a big boost on special teams and another weapon for QB Derek Carr. Cook is probably best known for his stunning last-second catch against Dallas that set up Green Bay for the game-winning field goal in the Divisional Round. He will add to Oakland's group of tight ends that includes Mychal Rivera and Clive Walford.

Los Angeles Chargers

Key additions: OT Russell Okung

Key departures: RB Danny Woodhead, G D.J. Fluker, OT King Dunlap

After an offseason arrest led to King Dunlap's release, the Chargers filled his spot with former Bronco Russell Okung. After struggling to stay healthy for much of his career, Okung showed he could play a full season in 2016, and that consistency is something the Chargers are counting on after multiple offensive line injuries piled up over the past few years.

Though Okung is the Chargers' only signing so far, they made other big moves in re-signing safety Jahleel Addae and assigning the franchise tag to dynamic outside linebacker Melvin Ingram.

Their two biggest free-agency losses were Fluker and Woodhead, who signed with the Giants and Ravens, respectively. Woodhead was a solid reserve running back who was a Swiss-army knife for the Chargers' offense, offering reliable production as rushing and receiving options.