Mailbag: Tolbert a Bush replacement?

March, 4, 2012
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Jeff Roebuck from Wichita, Kan., wants to know if there is any way the Chiefs could package Dwayne Bowe in a deal to St. Louis in an attempt to draft quarterback Robert Griffin III with the No. 2 pick.

Bill Williamson: It’s an interesting thought. I think the Kansas City Chiefs would love to get a chance to take Griffin, but they will have a hard time putting together a winning package. Teams such as the Cleveland Browns, Washington Redskins and Miami Dolphins will all offer better trades. The Chiefs have the No. 11 pick in the draft and the three other teams all pick higher in the first round. Adding Bowe would sweeten the pot. Still, I’m not sure if a package of Bowe and the No. 11 pick would be enough. The Chiefs would likely have to add, at least, a future first-round pick to the mix. That’s a steep price.

Shaun Lee from San Clemente, Calif., wants to know if I think the Raiders could sign San Diego running back Mike Tolbert if they can’t sign Michael Bush.

BW: It is starting to look like Bush will probably get an offer to leave the Oakland Raiders. While I think Tolbert would be an attractive option for the Raiders if Bush leaves, he may be too expensive for a team that has bigger needs. I say Oakland fills the backup running back job with an in-house candidate.

Marilou from Anchorage, Alaska wants to know if the Broncos could sign Pittsburgh Mike Wallace in restricted free agency.

BW: There is a chance Wallace (who the Pittsburgh Steelers drafted with a pick acquired in a deal involving the Denver Broncos) could leave for the price of a first-round pick. He would be worth the No. 25 pick. But I think Wallace may be intrigued by other possibilities -- he has already mentioned New England and San Francisco as teams that may appeal to him. In the end, I don’t see this pairing happening.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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