AFC West mailbag

January, 20, 2012
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Joel from Los Angeles wants to know if I think Jason Campbell is staying in Oakland as a backup.

Bill Williamson: I can’t see it, Joel. I think Campbell will want to go to a team where he will be looked upon as the starter going into training camp. There will be a couple of teams that could give him that chance. He’d be a terrific backup in Oakland, but I think he may be looking for a better option.


Brian Diercksen from Norton Ma. wants an update on the Chiefs’ key injured players.

BW: Everyone is on target to be fine for the start of camp. Safety Eric Berry, running back Jamaal Charles and tight end Tony Moeaki all blew out their knees in September. Quarterback Matt Cassel broke his hand in November. But all are doing great, and there are no complications expected.


Parker Keegan from Seattle wants to know who I think will be the final Al Davis draft pick to stay in Oakland.

BW: It’s a great question, Parker. I think there are a lot of candidates. But I would look at the offensive line and say either 2010 draft pick, Jared Veldheer, or 2011 draft pick Stefen Wisniewski. Offensive linemen tend to have long careers. The key is Oakland signing these players to long-term deals. Both Veldheer and Wisniewski have the look of being anchor types, so I could see the Raiders wanting to establish long-term relationships to both. So, I could see Davis’ impact lasting on the team for several more years.

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ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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