AFC West: Hines Ward

Mailbag: Chiefs' draft targets

March, 8, 2012
Midweek mail call:

Vic Liao from San Diego wants to know which receiver -- Reggie Wayne or Hines Ward -- would be a better fit for the Chargers.

Bill Williamson: They are different receivers, Vic. I think Wayne can come into play if the Chargers lose Vincent Jackson. If Jackson leaves in free agency, I’d expect the Chargers to make a run at Wayne. Ward is a backup type, so I don’t think the Chargers would choose between them.

Kolby Vaughn from Kansas wants to who may be the best fit for the Chiefs at pick No. 11.

BW: It’s difficult to say what the Chiefs’ needs will be after free agency, but right now, I think the best bets are Memphis defensive tackle Dontari Poe, Boston College middle linebacker Luke Kuechly and Stanford tackle Jonathan Martin. Then there’s Alabama running back Trent Richardson if he slides to No. 11. But right now, I’d say the Chiefs will either take Poe or Kuechly. But that can change as needs are addressed in free agency.

Brian from Denver wants to know which RB I think is a better fit for the Broncos in free agency -- San Diego’s Mike Tolbert or Oakland’s Michael Bush.

BW: It’s an interesting question. I know some teams like Tolbert better while other teams prefer Bush. In Tolbert, you get a versatile player. He can rumble, he is good in short-yardage, he can catch and he is a monster on special teams. Bush is also very rugged, but he is not quite as versatile as Tolbert. However, he is probably a better pure running back and of the two, he is likely the one who can be a primary back. I think the Broncos would probably look at Bush first, but Tolbert would also be appealing. Both players are going to cash a large check soon.
The Steelers have announced that they will release receiver Hines Ward. I don’t think there will be great AFC West interest in him, but I could see San Diego being interested in adding the reliable veteran on a short-term deal. Ward, who turns 36 on March 8, could be a nice third or fourth receiver for Philip Rivers. I’m not sure if the division's other three teams would be perfect fits at this point.

Ward said he plans to play in 2012. He has former Pittsburgh coach connections in Arizona, Jacksonville and Indianapolis, among other places.

In other AFC West news:

Alex Marvez thinks the Broncos and Chiefs could show interest in free-agent quarterback Chad Henne, who played for new Kansas City offensive coordinator Brian Daboll in Miami last season. Henne would present a strong challenge to both Tim Tebow in Denver and Matt Cassel in Kansas City.

Here is a transcript of Carson Palmer’s entire interview with SiriusXM Radio.

The Indianapolis Star is reporting that talks between the Colts and prospective free agent Robert Mathis are heating up. Mathis could be a target of the Chargers if he hits the open market.

Chargers guard Kris Dielman will formally announce his retirement at a press conference Thursday morning. He is leaving the game on physician's advice after suffering a serious concussion last October. Here are my thoughts on Dielman’s retirement.

Mailbag: Chad Henne in Kansas City?

February, 22, 2012
Mid-week mail call:

Danny from Kansas City wants to know if I think the Chiefs could sign Miami quarterback Chad Henne in free agency.

Bill Williamson: I think he has to be considered one of the possibilities. The Chiefs have said Matt Cassel will get some competition. Among the possibilities mentioned have been re-signing Kyle Orton or signing former Oakland starter Jason Campbell. Henne is younger than those players, but he is less accomplished. Perhaps the Chiefs could like Henne as a backup to Cassel. He played for new Kansas City offensive coordinator Brian Daboll in Miami last year. However the Dolphins’ offense improved once Matt Moore took over for the injured Henne.

Adam N. from Topeka wants to know if I think the Broncos could sign Albert Haynesworth.

BW: I think Haynesworth is cooked. Yes, he’d potentially a fill a need in Denver but this is a guy who has been on four teams in the past four years and two teams in the past season. His skills are declining and he has been a character problem. I don’t think he’s worth signing.

John-Allen from San Diego wants to know if I think the Chargers could be a fit for Hines Ward if the Steelers cut the receiver.

BW: I’m usually not one for aging veterans (see above), but I kind of like this fit. Ward, who’ll turn 36 next month, doesn’t have much time left, but he is a wily veteran and he is a winner. He’d be a perfect one-season option for a team like San Diego. I think Philip Rivers would find a way to use Ward. If he becomes available, I think the Chargers could consider signing him.