Mailbag: Raiders' cornerbacks


Mid-week mail call:

Marco from San Jose wants to know which, free-agent cornerback pickup, Mike Jenkins or Tracy Porter, will help the Oakland Raiders more this season.

Bill Williamson: I think Jenkins has the first chance to start opposite first-round pick, D.J. Hayden, assuming Hayden’s recovery from surgery goes as expected. I think the Raiders see Porter as the No. 3 cornerback. All three will be on the field a lot, but I think Jenkins has more ability than Porter at this point.

Derek from San Diego wants to know if I think the Chargers could trade receiver Robert Meachem before the season starts.

BW: I highly doubt it. The Chargers have to find a desperate team. Meachem is owed $5 million guaranteed. It is virtually impossible to think any team would take on that type of money for a bottom-of-the-rotation player.

Benjamin Ford from Ramona, Calif., wants to know if I think the Raiders could re-sign JaMarcus Russell now that he is trying to get back in the league with an inexpensive contract.

BW: I appreciate the question, Benjamin, but no. No. No. No. I don’t care if Russell offered to play for free, there is no way I could see the Raiders reigniting that relationship.