Wednesday, March 9, 2011
AFC West mailbag
By Bill Williamson
Mid-week mail call:
Tommy from Kansas City wants to know if I think the Chiefs could make a run at former Denver tight end Daniel Graham:
Bill Williamson: I do, Tommy. I think there will be interest from the Kansas City Chiefs. Graham played for the New England Patriots under Kansas City general manager Scott Pioli. Pioli has long been a fan of Graham. He is a fine blocking tight end and could fill a role for the Chiefs. The Chiefs have a pass-catching tight end in second-year player Tony Moeaki, but Graham would essentially be an extra offensive lineman in running situations. That is important for a team that was No. 1 in the NFL in rushing in 2010. I think teams such as the Seattle Seahawks, Tennessee Titans and Washington Redskins could also be interested in Graham. I’m not sure the Chiefs would break the bank for him, but I could see interest if the team thinks he is reasonably priced.
James Fairall from Azusa, Calif., wants to know if I think Oakland could pursue free-agent receiver Sidney Rice.
BW: I think other teams will make a bigger push for Rice. He will be very popular and very pricey. I’m not sure how much the Oakland Raiders will be able to spend because of all of its own free agents, many of whom have already re-signed. Oakland likely will look for a veteran, but one to be a complement to its promising young receivers. I think Rice could end up elsewhere, perhaps with the San Diego Chargers, especially if Malcom Floyd is an unrestricted free agent and he goes elsewhere.
Joey from Topeka, Kan., wants to know if I think the Chiefs could pursue Oregon State defensive tackle Stephen Paea in the draft.
BW: I think it’s a possibility and he has been connected to the Chiefs before. Paea opened eyes at the combine last week when he set a combine record by doing 49 repetitions of the 225 pound bench press. He is a big man who plays in the middle of the defensive line. He’d fill a need for the Chiefs. But because there are so many good pass rushers, I think the Chiefs may look there first. But I do think Paea, who is recovering from a knee injury he suffered at the Senior Bowl, should be on the list of candidates in Kansas City.