2022 NFL Free Agency: Players most likely to leave AFC West
Denver Broncos: Teddy Bridgewater, QB
Statistically speaking, Teddy Bridgewater has been an above-average quarterback this season for the Denver Broncos. Watching him play? That’s a different story.
Bridgewater has done his job for the Broncos, though. He should get another deal as a team’s starter in 2021, but the price tag here is likely to drive the Broncos away.
Plus, with multiple concussions this year and his history of injuries, will Bridgewater have to settle for a one-year deal wherever he goes?
Los Angeles Chargers: Chris Harris Jr., CB
The Los Angeles Chargers have one of the league’s best rosters from top-to-bottom, and they thought that Chris Harris Jr. could be a missing piece for them.
As it turns out, the Broncos let Harris go at just the right time as he struggled with injuries in 2020 and he’s allowing almost 64 percent of throws into his coverage to be completed. He will be 33 years old next season.
Las Vegas Raiders: Marcus Mariota, QB
After a couple of years in Las Vegas now to rehab his value, Marcus Mariota will likely be on the hunt for a starting gig in 2022.
He may not get it, but he will be on the hunt for it. If the Raiders decide to move on from Derek Carr, perhaps Mariota’s best bet will be to stay in Vegas. If not, he’ll be on to the next.
Kansas City Chiefs: Jarran Reed, DL
The Chiefs managed to get Jarran Reed at a steal of a price in 2021, but that’s not likely to happen again in 2022.
Reed went to Kansas City knowing that playing on this team would help rehab his value, and he’s done just that.
He should get a big-money contract from a cap-rich team in 2022.