Weekend mail call:
Terry from Quantico, Va., wants to know if the Raiders could try to sign a veteran cornerback such as Carlos Rogers, Ike Taylor or Chris Houston as a free agent if Nnamdi Asomugha departs in free agency.
Bill Williamson: I think if the Raiders don’t pursue Asomugha, they may go with what they have at cornerback. That may be why they took two cornerbacks in the first four rounds of the draft. The Raiders spent big money on Stanford Routt and I’m not sure they can afford to sign another high-dollar cornerback. Perhaps if one of the top cornerbacks lasts on the market longer than expected and he becomes a bargain, Oakland could pounce. But that may be a long shot.
Andrew from Kansas City wants to know what we should expect from second-year Chiefs’ player Dexter McCluster in 2011.
BW: Kansas City coach Todd Haley expects McCluster to be a threat as a runner and as a receiver this season. He had 21 catches for 209 yards and he had 18 rushes for 71 yards. McCluster was also a returner during his first season. The key for McCluster is his health. He missed five games due to injuries as a rookie. If McCluster can stay on the field, he will be another weapon for a diverse offense.
Mikey from San Diego wants to know if I think Chargers’ safety Eric Weddle will leave in free agency.
BW: I think it is far from certain that Weddle will leave. I know it has been reported that Jacksonville could pursue Weddle. Look, if he hits free agency, a lot of teams will go after him. But we won’t know if he is restricted or unrestricted until after the lockout. The Chargers like Weddle and are interested in keeping him. So, it would be a mistake to assume Weddle will definitely be elsewhere in 2011.