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AFC West mailbag

5/7/2011

Weekend mail call:

Matt Scrivener from Spanghahlem AFB, Germany wants to know if I think the Kansas City Chiefs made a mistake by passing up on Alabama running back Mark Ingram in the first round.

Bill Williamson: Actually, not at all Matt. I wasn’t expecting the Chiefs to take Ingram. I know Thomas Jones will be 33 and this will likely be his last year in Kansas City. But the Chiefs are in good shape in the running game, starting with Jamaal Charles. I think the Charles-Jones tandem will be fine in 2011. Perhaps the Chiefs could look for a running back next year. I think that the fact that the Chiefs took Pitt receiver Jon Baldwin at No. 26 will help the entire offense and it takes pressure off the running game.

Landon from San Luis Obispo, Calif., wants to know what the chances are of Denver trading quarterback Kyle Orton to the Washington Redskins for defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth.

BW: That proposed trade was filling the Denver radio airwaves during the draft and I know why it was talked about. Denver didn’t take a defensive tackle and Washington didn’t take a quarterback despite great need at the position for both teams. Consider that both Orton and Haynesworth could easily be traded, it’s easy to connect the dots. Still, Haynesworth has character issues and he’d be plenty expensive. I don’t know if Denver would jump on this deal.

Josh from Redding, Calif. wants to know if I think Seattle could pursue Oakland free-agent quarterback Bruce Gradkowski.

BW: It could happen. New Seattle offensive line coach Tom Cable liked Gradkowski when he was the head coach in Oakland. I don’t see Gradkowski competing as the starter in Oakland. But he could be a decent backup option there. I don’t see Oakland going out of its way to keep Gradkowski from leaving as a free agent.