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Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Pace would fit in Oakland and Kansas City

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

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Orlando Pace was just cut by the St. Louis Rams.

Having spent his stellar career up until now in the NFC West, Pace could easily stay out West -- in the AFC. He would fit in with both Oakland and Kansas City.

The Raiders have been looking for tackles in free agency. The team would like to sign a veteran and draft some help in an attempt to rebuild a long-suffering offensive line. Pace likely wouldn't break the bank. He would be a great addition to the Raiders, who then could draft a right tackle.

Pace, 33, is not a long-term answer but he'd protect JaMarcus Russell's blindside and could help Oakland's potent run attack.

The word around Kansas City is that the Chiefs could be open to moving Branden Albert, the No. 15 overall pick last year, to right tackle. The Chiefs could conceivably use the No. 3 draft pick on a left tackle. Yet, the availability of Pace could be tempting to Kansas City.

Yes, he wouldn't be part of the youth movement but he'd fill a need and allow the Chiefs to get help elsewhere. Also, the Chiefs have plenty of salary-cap room and would be able to hang in any bidding battle that could break out for Pace. There are plenty of reasons to think Pace could be staying in Missouri.