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Wednesday, June 22, 2011
AFC West mailbag

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

Mid-week mail call:

John from Englewood, Colo., wants to know if the Denver Broncos trade quarterback Kyle Orton and make Tim Tebow the starter, who I think it is the best fit as a mentor to Tebow, Jake Delhomme or Mark Brunell.

Bill Williamson: It’s not what I think that’s important, John, but it’s what new Denver coach John Fox thinks. If Orton is traded and Tebow is the starter, I think Denver will look for a veteran backup. If Delhomme ends up leaving Cleveland, I would think he’d be the favorite to be Tebow’s mentor. Fox and Delhomme have a long history together in Carolina and there is a mutual respect. I think it’d be a natural fit.


Jeff from Stamford, Conn., wants to know if the Chiefs would replace Matt Cassel with Donovan McNabb?

BW: No, I don’t see it. The Chiefs like Cassel and they are going to give him a few more years to prove himself. The Chiefs think Cassel has yet to reach his prime and they will work hard with him to help him improve. But the team did take Iowa quarterback Ricky Stanzi in the fifth round with an eye toward the future. But the immediate future in Kansas City revolves around Cassel.


David from Loveland, Colo., wants to know if the longer the lockout lasts, does it increase Nnamdi Asomugha's chances of re-signing with Oakland?

BW: In a way, yes. If a new collective bargaining agreement is worked out in the next month or so, I don’t think the timing will have much effect on Asomugha’s future or any other free agent. But if the lockout extends well into the season and the season is cut in half, I’m not sure what would happen. There has even been talk that potentially all the prospective free agents will be property of their 2010 teams in some scenarios. It’s hard to believe, but, yes, the longer the lockout goes, the more complicated free agency gets.