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Saturday, May 22, 2010
AFC West mailbag

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

Weekend mail call:

Mike from Livermore, Calif., wants to know if I was running the Raiders would I trade Richard Seymour for Albert Haynesworth of Washington.

Bill Williamson: It’s a very interesting question, Mike. Both are fine players. Haynesworth may end up being available because he is not comfortable with Washington moving from a 4-3 to a 3-4 defense. Seymour, acquired from New England last September for a first-round pick next year, will be a free agent after 2010. Seymour is a natural fit for the 3-4 defense. Oakland is trying to give him a long-term deal. Seymour will turn 31 during the season and Haynesworth will turn 29 next month. Haynesworth can certainly help Oakland. He’d help turn around the Raiders’ run defense along with rookies Rolando McClain and Lamarr Houston. But Seymour is a key for Oakland. The Raiders really value him. In the end, I’m not sure Oakland would bother to explore this trade because it likes Seymour. I can’t blame the Raiders. Haynesworth is a fine player, but so is Seymour. I’d stick with him.

Jonathan Entrena from Katy, Texas, wants know to if Denver quarterback Kyle Orton is injured early in the season would Tim Tebow become the Broncos’ starting quarterback.

BW: That would only be the case if Tebow has a great preseason and the team believes he is ready. Denver coach Josh McDaniels has made it clear Tebow will play as soon as he is ready. I think it will come later in the season or at the start of the 2011 season. But if McDaniels thinks Tebow is ready to play in September, he’ll play.

Chris from California wants to know what I think of Oakland’s offensive line.

BW: It’s one of the weaker spots on the team. It was a problem area last season. The line was inconsistent in both pass and run projection. The big additions have been rookies Bruce Campbell and Jared Veldheer. There is no guarantee these two players will be ready to play soon. The unit is still a question mark.