Wednesday, February 23, 2011
AFC West mailbag
By Bill Williamson
Mid-week mail call:
Edward Moretti from Imperial Beach, Calif., wonders if the San Diego Chargers should pursue a tight end early in the draft.
Bill Williamson: It depends on whether the Chargers move up from the No.8 pick in the draft. The Chargers have extra picks in the second and third rounds. If the Chargers keep all five of their picks in the first three rounds, I could see this position being addressed. Antonio Gates and Randy McMichael aren’t getting any younger, so developing a young tight end wouldn’t be the worst idea.
Dave from Indio wants to know if the Oakland Raiders would receive any compensation if cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha leaves through free agency.
BW: Yes, the Raiders would receive a compensatory pick in the 2012 draft. It would very likely be the No. 97 overall pick, at the end of the third round. The highest compensatory pick is a third-round pick.
Jeremy Michaud from New Britain, Conn., wants to know if the Chargers will keep pending free agents Malcom Floyd, Eric Weddle and Kevin Burnett.
BW: The Chargers have a lot of free agents and these three players will all be high priorities. I think keeping Weddle and Floyd will be particularly pressing for San Diego. But the Chargers also have to deal with the likes of Darren Sproles, Legedu Naanee, Brandon Siler and Stephen Cooper. San Diego won't be able to keep everyone.