In case you were too busy watching playoff baseball, here are a few AFC stories you might have missed this Tuesday:
- The Broncos are being held back by more than quarterback Payton Manning and people around the league tell Jason Cole of Nerdy Football (video link) that they believe Denver should trade for a tight end. Cole has heard the name of Rams tight end Jared Cook mentioned as someone who would be a good fit, but it’s unknown whether they’d entertain trade offers. 49ers tight end Vernon Davis could be another player that would make sense for Denver.
- The Titans are willing to give quarterback Marcus Mariota extra time to heal up since they feel comfortable with using Zach Mettenberger as a fill-in, according to Jason Cole of Nerdy Football (video link). Not only do they feel that Mettenberger can be a capable quarterback in the short-term, but they are also eager to get him out there so that he can show his stuff to other teams in need of a quarterback. If Mettenberger looks good under center, he’ll increase his trade value and the Titans could get something of worth in return for him.
- Marshal Yanda’s contract extension is a win-win for the Ravens and the Pro Bowl guard, Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun writes. Yanda inked a four-year, $37.4MM extension late last week, giving him $17.8MM in guaranteed cash. The deal doesn’t make him the highest-paid guard in the league, but it did give him additional financial security. As for the Ravens, they were able to lock up a four-time Pro Bowl selection and prevent him from hitting the open market. Yanda was due to become a free agent following the season.