Could Tyrek Hill open the door for the Raiders’ first AFC West title since 2002? – Wed News

Wednesday’s Blockbuster Tyrek Hill Trade for Miami Thrown off the balance of the AFC West.

The Kansas City Chiefs have won six straight division titles in Hill’s six seasons with the team.

Patrick Mahomes is one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, which is why the Chiefs have moved up to another level since 2018.

But Hill is vulnerable, and his departure could shift power at AFC West to an unlikely place: Las Vegas.

That’s right: The Raiders could challenge for their First Division title since 2002, which is also the last time the organization went to the Super Bowl.

Derek Carr’s team has finished second in the AFC West behind the Chiefs in each of the Raiders’ first two years at Sin City, following their move from Oakland.

These included the firing of John Gruden, the fatal car crash of Henry Rugs III, owner Mark Davis’ public dispute with the league office over Gruden email leaks, and a 10-7 second-place finish and wild card playoff berth in 2021 despite strong competition. Included. He faced partition.

Since, they have hired GM Dave Ziegler, head coach Josh McDaniel and offensive coordinator Mick Lombardi from the New England Patriots. They’ve added former Giants defensive coordinator Pat Graham, another former Patriots assistant.

He has extended star pass rusher Max Crosby, signed star pass rusher Chandler Jones, Packers traded for star receiver Davante AdamsRock Ya-Sin (trade) and Anthony Everett (signature) were added, and New England special team players Brandon Bolden and Jacob Johnson were transferred from other depths.

The trade of Russell Wilson to the Broncos undoubtedly forces Denver to run the show with first-year coach Nathaniel Hackett. Corner signs the Chargers of Jesse Jackson and trades for pass rusher Khalil Mack, improving Brandon Staley’s defense to complement All-World quarterback talent Justin Herbert.

And the Chiefs still have plenty of talent on their roster, which includes tight end Travis Kelce and recently signed receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster from the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Without Hill, however, Andy Reid’s crime is closer to mortal. And maybe the rest of the division needs to catch up, and then withdrawing attackers to eventually find their way over that AFC West hump.

the ravens meet again

The Giants have signed two former Baltimore Ravens to free agency over the past few days to reunite them with defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale and add bulk to their front.

He took on defensive end/outside linebacker Jihad Ward, 27, on Monday, and Justin Ellis, 31, on Wednesday. Ward last played for Martindale in 2020 before spending the previous season at Jacksonville. Ellis played the last three seasons for Martindale and the Ravens.

Ellis is a run-stuffer of 6-2,350 pounds. The Giants lost DT Austin Johnson to the Chargers in free agency and Danny Shelton is not expected to sign again. Ward is 6-5,287 pounds and plays mostly outside but with Baltimore moving inside at times in sub packages.

goodbye to friends of gettleman

The Giants defense also saw the release of Edge Lorenzo Carter on Monday to a one-year free agent contract with the Atlanta Falcons. Carter, 26, received a one-year, $3.5 million contract that includes a $2 million signing bonus.

Carter’s departure leaves Saxon Barkley as the only player still under contract with the Giants from Dave Gettleman’s first 2018 draft class. And that means if Barkley is traded this off-season, the Giants could get rid of the former GM’s entire first draft class after just four calendar years.

Guard Will Hernandez is a free agent. DT BJ Hill was traded to the Cincinnati Bengals as Gettleman was desperate for an offensive lineman last fall, and Hill has flourished ever since. Quarterback Kyle Louletta is out of the league, and DT RJ McIntosh is a colt.

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Evan Engram and Carter both posted classy goodbye messages to New York fans on social media. Engram, who handled the fans’ vitriol with Kloss, posted: “Man, I got so much love for New York. It will always be a big part of my life! Thank you to the loyal people who have always had my back during the ups and downs. I appreciate you more than you know. #EazyOut,

Carter wrote a lengthy message in which he said, “It’s hard for me to even describe how blessed I am to be part of the New York Football Giants family over the past four years…an athlete, but also as a person.”

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Although GM Joe Schoen said he would prefer to avoid kicking Cane down the road on more contracts, according to ESPN, the Giants turned $2.63 million of kicker Graham Gano’s salary into a signing bonus and a void in his contract. year added. It created $1.753 million in cap space to offset the organization’s cap crunch created by the Giants’ own mistakes.

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