Sunday, May 5, 2013
Mailbag: Would Albert trade to Chargers work?
By Bill Williamson
Weekend mail call:
Brad from Kansas City wants to know if I think the San Diego Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs could swing a deal for left tackle Branden Albert.
Bill Williamson: I think is a long shot, but perhaps it could develop if other opportunities continue to dry up. The Albert-to-Miami talks are not officially dead with Miami agreeing to terms with right tackle Tyson Clabo. The Dolphins will move Jonathan Martin to left tackle. As for the Chargers, they badly need a left tackle. I’m sure they’d love to get Albert. He’d solve a huge problem. But there are two issues in the way of a trade. I’m not sure these two AFC West rivals would want to deal with each other and I’m not sure the Chargers have the money right now to give Albert a long-term contract. So, while a fit is there on paper, there are some big obstacles.
Adam wants to know if I think Taiwan Jones could play safety for the Oakland Raiders.
BW: I doubt it. The team is planning to move Jones from running back to cornerback. He is a former cornerback and he has the skill set and speed to perhaps make it work. Safety is a different animal. I just don’t think Jones has the size to be a safety. If it is going to work for the former fourth-round pick in Oakland it appears it will be at cornerback.
Dan from Fort Collins, Co. wants to know if I think the Denver Broncos could pursue free-agent middle linebacker Brian Urlacher.
BW: I think if that happens it would be later in the summer. The Broncos have free-agent signee Bradley Stewart and youngsters Nate Irving and Steve Johnson. They think they are good there. But if these guys falter in training camp and the preseason, I think Denver could then be open to Urlacher. Remember, the Broncos signed middle linebacker Keith Brooking late in camp last year. A similar situation could potentially arise this year.