Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Mailbag: Eddie Royal a fit in San Diego?
By Bill Williamson
Mid-week mail call:
Justin R. Blacksburg, VA. wants to know if Denver free agent receiver/return man Eddie Royal could be a fit in San Diego.
Bill Williamson: I’m not sure Royal will be a priority for any team, but he could be an interesting, experienced player for San Diego to look at. He could be intriguing because he’d fit both as a No. 3 receiver and as a return man. I could see the Chargers, at least, considering Royal. I think the favorite to land Royal is Washington, which is coached by Mike Shanahan. He drafted Royal in Denver in 2008.
Jason K. from Wichita wants to know why the Chiefs cut tackle Jared Gaither especially since he flourished in San Diego and may be re-signed there.
BW: He was cut after making a crucial penalty in loss to Pittsburgh. After he was cut, then-Kansas City offensive coordinator Bill Muir said Gaither didn’t have “explosiveness.” He missed all of 2010 with a back injury and he was slow to respond in Kansas City. Yet, once he was signed by San Diego, Gaither played very well and he is once again considered a potentially top tackle. I could see the Chargers trying to keep him in free agency. Should have Kansas City shown more patience with the immensely-talented Gaither? Perhaps, yes.
Parker Keegan from Seattle wants to know to know if the Oakland Raiders could potentially trade tight end Kevin Boss to the New York Giants since they had two tight ends suffer major knee injuries in the Super Bowl.
BW: I like where you are going with this, sir. New York tight ends Jake Ballard and Travis Beckum are expected to miss part of the 2012 season after being hurt in the Super Bowl. Boss is a former Giants’ tight end who the team wanted back. The Raiders could use draft picks and perhaps a trade would help both teams. Boss would likely command a conditional mid-round pick. I could see the fit here. Nice idea.