The Raiders and the AFC West have been stacking talent all offseason, but on Wednesday, a shocking trade went down that weakened the Chiefs.
Another week, another massive trade in the NFL. This time, it was the Chiefs who traded away Tyreek Hill to the Miami Dolphins. A move that will send waves throughout the NFL, here is how the AFC West stands right now.
Where do the Raiders rank in the AFC West after the Tyreek Hill trade?
4. Denver Broncos
Truly, these rankings can go in a lot of different directions. Personally, I am placing the Broncos last. Of course, the Broncos made a big move when they traded for former Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. Easily the best quarterback they have had in years, the Broncos will be hoping he is the piece that can elevate them past mediocrity.
However, this is a massive change for Wilson. First, he is playing in a new offense under head coach Nathaniel Hackett. While he is no doubt very talented, Russell Wilson is certainly not known for his adaptability as a quarterback.
Often seen running around out of structure to create big plays, this turns every offense into “his” offense. He will also be playing with a new supporting cast that, while talented, is not better than the one he had in Seattle.
Elsewhere, the Broncos’ defense has talent. Players such as Patrick Surtain and Justin Simmons bookend a talented secondary that will be looking for more from young pass rusher Bradley Chubb. Denver also added another pass rusher in Randy Gregory who, when available, should be a good compliment to the rest of the Broncos’ defense.
Alas, I just don’t see the Broncos overcoming a lot of moving parts at crucial positions in 2022.