- Bill Williamson, ESPN Staff Writer
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Midweek mail call:
Jose G. III from Anaheim, Calif., wants to know if I think new Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie is relying too heavily on his Green Bay connections when it comes to signing players.
Bill Williamson: McKenzie has signed three players recently who he worked with in Green Bay. That’s pretty typical. Executives from across the NFL often bring players with them to new jobs, whether they are high-profile players such as when Scott Pioli brought Matt Cassel to Kansas City from New England three years ago or bottom-of-the-roster players that McKenzie has brought to Oakland. I don’t see anything wrong with it. These are all developmental players McKenzie has a good feeling about. They are not taking roster spots from anyone pivotal and I think it could pay off down the road.
BW: Williams has played middle linebacker before and he can do it again. But I think he will be brought back in the rotation when his suspension ends. He has two games remaining from a six-game NFL suspension for using a banned substance. But he could face up to another three games for a driving and alcohol charge. Honestly, I think the Broncos are moving on from Williams and if he gives them anything when he comes back they will take it.
Fabio Contu from Italy wants to know what position I think the Raiders will look for in the first round of the 2013 draft.
BW: I think Oakland has to look at cornerback. Starters Ron Bartell and Shawntae Spencer are not signed beyond this season and there isn’t really much behind them. Players such as Dee Milliner (Alabama), Johnthan Banks (Mississippi State) and David Amerson (North Carolina State) should be on Oakland’s radar.
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