AFC West mailbag

March, 7, 2010
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Weekend mail call:

Alan Cuff from Launceston, Tasmania, wants to know who I think got the better of the Clinton Portis-Champ Bailey trade between Washington and Denver in 2004.

Bill Williamson: I think Denver did. Bailey is a future Hall of Fame player. Yes, Portis was productive for the Redskins, but Bailey is one of the best defensive players in the league. Bailey has been the face of Denver’s franchise. Again, Portis has been far from a bust in Washington, but Bailey has been brilliant.

Crutch from Albuquerque, N.M., wants to know if the Chargers will consider more playing time for running back Mike Tolbert.

BW: I think Tolbert will get a chance to carry the ball a little more. The third-year fullback is a bowling ball, who has been effective. Tolbert, 5-foot-9, 243 pounds, averaged 5.9 yards per carry on 25 attempts last season. Still, I expect San Diego to bring in at least two new running backs. Tolbert won’t be a featured back, but he has shown he can be efficient.

Tom from Kansas City wants to know if the Chiefs may pursue Notre Dame receiver Golden Tate in the draft.

BW: I think it is very possible. Tate played for new Kansas City offensive coordinator Charlie Weis in college. Weis loves Tate. Tate really helped his cause with a great performance at the combine. He could have move himself late into the first round. If he is available in the second round, I wouldn’t be surprised if Kansas City nabbed Tate. Kansas City coach Todd Haley said at the combine that he team needs more receivers. I’m sure Weis would love to make Tate a new addition.

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