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AFC West Rival Roundup: Chiefs Make (Another) Major Trade

Throughout the offseason, we'll take a whirl around the AFC West to keep track of what the Chargers' rivals are up to.

Here's what went down over the last couple weeks.

Denver Broncos

It's been relativity quiet in the Rocky Mountains the past few weeks.

One of the biggest pieces of news came on Feb. 15, when the NFL announced Denver as a finalist to host the NFL Draft in 2019 or 2020. Since leaving New York, the Draft was held in Chicago in 2015 and 2016 before taking place in Philadelphia in 2017. This year's event will be in Dallas.

Earlier in the month, former Broncos safety Brian Dawkins, who played in Denver from 2009-11, was named a member of the Hall of Fame Class of 2018. Dawkins joined the Broncos after spending the first 13 years of his career with the Eagles.

Kansas City Chiefs

The Chiefs made a splash in late January when they reportedly agreed to trade QB Alex Smith to the Washington Redskins for a third-round pick and CB Kendall Fuller.

They've followed that up by reportedly making an equally splashy trade in late February.

News broke on Friday that the Chiefs are trading perennial Pro Bowl cornerback Marcus Peters to the Los Angeles Rams. Exact terms and conditions of the deal have not yet been reported. Just like the Alex Smith deal, the trade can't be finalized until the new league year commences on March 14.

With Peters on the way out, Fuller isn't the only new cornerback on the way in. On February 16, the team announced they signed former Raiders CB David Amerson. The 6-1, 205-pound cornerback has appeared in 68 games with 56 starts in five seasons with Oakland (2015-17) and Washington (2013-15). He's totaled 249 tackles, 63 passes defensed, eight interceptions and two pick-sixes over that span.

Oakland Raiders

It's the end of an era in Oakland as the team announced kicker Sebastian Janikowski will not return in 2018. A former first-round pick in the 2000 NFL Draft, Janikowski has kicked an NFL record 55 field goals of at least 50 yards. The Raiders are expected to roll with Giorgio Tavecchio next season, as he made 16-of-21 attempts, including a long of 53, filling in for an injured Janikowski in 2017.

In addition, the NFL announced in mid-February that the future home of the Raiders, Las Vegas, is a finalist to host the NFL Draft in 2019 or 2020 just like Denver.

Finally, as noted above, former Raiders cornerback David Amerson is now a Chief. He stays in the AFC West after Oakland released him earlier in the offseason.

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