Wednesday, January 11, 2012
AFC West mailbag
By Bill Williamson
Mid-week mail call:
Sam K. in Philadelphia wants to know if I think the Chargers will get a compensatory pick for the free-agency losses of Darren Sproles and Kevin Burnett.
Bill Williamson: Well, the compensatory picks system is pretty complicated. Remember, the Chargers will get dinged for adding Takeo Spikes. But I would expect San Diego to probably get, at least, one comp pick. This is just a guess, but maybe in the fourth round or fifth round.
Shawn Ducey from Barre, VT wants to know why I think the Chiefs could address safety this year in the draft.
BW: I don’t necessarily think safety will be a huge draft priority, but I could see Kansas City adding a safety in the middle rounds if they like a certain player. Jon McGraw is aging and Kendrick Lewis is decent, but not great. The Chiefs will be in great shape at one safety spot when Eric Berry returns from a knee injury, but adding talent to the position wouldn't be a bad idea.
Jim from Louisville wants to know if I think the Chargers will give receiver Vincent Jackson a contract extension.
BW: I think they should give him an extension. San Diego ownership has to show some goodwill to the fan base and it has to show the Chargers are serious about winning. Keeping coach Norv Turner and general manager A.J. Smith didn’t play well with many fans. Signing the star receiver to a long-term deal would be welcomed by the fans. Plus, giving him the franchise tag could limit the Chargers from making other moves. And letting Jackson walk as a free agent, well, that is just not something a team that needs to make the playoffs next year can afford to do.