The lockout has created a weird offseason this year as the draft was held before free agency. Thus, teams filled needs through the draft before free agency, which was set to begin in early March.
So, we now have a clear vision of what each AFC West teams need when free agency finally begins. Let’s take a look:
Defensive tackle, running back, cornerback, receiver
Summary: The Broncos will have to address defensive tackle hard in free agency. It was their biggest need prior to the draft and Denver didn’t take a player at the position in its nine picks. Once the first round passed, Denver wasn’t interested in any of the available defensive tackles. It’s vital that a couple of veterans are brought in at the position.
Right tackle, defensive tackle, linebacker, receiver
Summary: The Chiefs don’t have a ton of pressing needs after the draft. Most of their needs for depth.
Offensive line, cornerback, safety, linebacker
Summary: I’d like to see a veteran offensive lineman and cornerback -- if Nnamdi Asomugha leaves -- brought in. Oakland did a good job of addressing those areas in the draft, but it could use some proven help there. The Raiders could also use some depth at the some spots.
Pass-rushing linebacker, tackle, inside linebacker, safety
Summary: The Chargers often don’t do much in free agency, but some veteran linebacker help and, perhaps, some depth on the offensive line could be needed. Safety will need to be addressed if Eric Weddle leaves.