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AFC West free-agency needs

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:

Denver

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.

Kansas City

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.

Oakland

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.

San Diego

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.