Weekend mail call:
Bill Williamson: I like how you are thinking here, Jared. Smith, who wants to be traded, played for new Oakland offensive coordinator Hue Jackson in Baltimore and Cofield, a likely restricted free agent, played for new Oakland defensive line coach Mike Waufle in New York. So there are natural connections. I could see Oakland trying to swing a trade for Smith and it would be worth putting him in the quarterback mix.
BW: ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio reported Denver talked to Philadelphia about McNabb. But teams are calling the Eagles about Kolb as well. I think it makes more sense for Denver to trade for Kolb because he is younger and has a lot of upside. But that could be pricey.
Ray from Lamont, Calif., wants to know if Joey Porter could end up in Oakland.
BW: Ray, if Porter is open to play in a 4-3 defense, I think it could be a great fit. Porter, who will be released by Miami in early March, said he wants to play in a 3-4 defense near his Bakersfield, Calif., home. He mentioned San Diego, San Francisco and Arizona as possibilities. Perhaps if there isn’t a market for him, Porter could widen his search to 4-3 teams. He would give Oakland some leadership and Al Davis never shies from adding aging stars.